Apted returns to DGA chair

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With talks for the DGA's next film and TV contract set to begin in the next year, Michael Apted has been elected president of the 13,400-member guild for a third two-year term.

A total of 129 delegates to the DGA's biennial convention, held Saturday at the guild's Sunset Boulevard headquarters, also returned several other top incumbents to their elective posts. Among those were national vp Steven Soderbergh and secretary-treasurer Gil Cates.

"I am honored to have been re-elected for a third term as president of the DGA," Apted said after winning re-election by acclamation. "The next few years will be critical to our guild and to the industry. It is my goal as president to lead our guild through upcoming negotiations and ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come."

Soderbergh hailed Apted for his "passion, diligence and integrity."

Apted was first elected DGA president in June 2003, succeeding Martha Coolidge.

A film director with credits including "The World Is Not Enough," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Nell," he now is in preproduction on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." A British native, Apted also is closely identified with a television documentary series launched with the landmark "7 Up" and followed by installments about 14 English kids at various ages, through 2005's "49 Up."

The DGA's contract covering movie and primetime directors expires in July 2008. The guild has a tradition of starting negotiations for a new pact months ahead of time and already has named veteran TV director-producer Cates to chair its negotiating committee.

SAG's main film and TV contract also expires in July '08. A similar pact at the WGA expires in October, with negotiations on a new agreement to begin in two weeks.

All three sets of talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers are expected to feature heavy emphasis on boosting compensation for the reuse of creative content over the Internet and other new-media platforms.

A complete list of DGA officers and board members follows.

President: Michael Apted; National vp: Steven Soderbergh; Secretary-treasurer: Gil Cates; Assistant secretary-treasurer: Scott Berger; First vp: Paris Barclay; Second vp: William M. Brady; Third vp: Taylor Hackford; Fourth vp: Gary Donatelli; Fifth vp: Betty Thomas; Sixth vp: Max Schindler.

Board members: Herb Adelman; LeVar Burton; Stephen Glanzrock; Victoria Hochberg; Jeremy Kagan; Kim Kurumada; Michael Mann; Scott L. Rindenow; Thomas Schlamme; Ed Sherin; Jesus Trevino.

Associate board members: Craig Bigelow; Duncan S. Henderson; Barbara Roche; Liz Ryan; Mary Rae Thewlis.

Alternate board members: Laura Belsey; Theodore Bogosian; Randal Kleiser; Rod Holcomb; Lesli Linka Glatter; Garry Marshall; Donald Petrie; Lee Shallat Chemel; John Singleton; Carl Weathers; Eames Yates; Michael Zinberg.

Second alternate board members: Lee Blaine; Alan B. Curtiss; Julie Gelfand; Dennis W. Mazzocco; Kathleen McGill; Elena Santaballa.
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