DGA plans special night for Reiner

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Comedy icon Carl Reiner, host of the DGA Awards for about 20 years, has topped a list of those in line for special honors at the annual directors gala.

Reiner, who will receive the 2006 Honorary Life member award in recognition of his service to the DGA, will be feted with other honorees and award winners at the 59th annual DGA Awards Dinner, set for Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. Others to receive special awards include:

  Directors Paris Barclay and Taylor Hackford, the 2006 Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for "extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership."

  Stage manager/associate director Terry Benson, the 2006 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, given annually to an associate director or stage manager "in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the (DGA)."

  News director George Paul, the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction.

"The DGA draws its strength from the service and commitment of its members, and these five special award winners epitomize that dedication at its highest level," DGA president Michael Apted said. "By recognizing their lifetime achievements and contributions to the guild, we are honoring our founding principles of distinguished work and service. I am especially excited that the guild is bestowing the Honorary Life Member Award to Carl, who over the years has made the DGA Awards such a memorable and exciting night."

Reiner, a director, actor and producer in TV and film, won multiple Emmys for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and other programs. His credits include "The Jerk," "Oh God!" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid."

Two-time Emmy winner Barclay has been a director on such series as "NYPD Blue," "ER" and "The West Wing." Among his many DGA commitments, he has co-chaired the guild's PAC Leadership Council with Hackford since 2002.

Hackford, a former Emmy-winning broadcast journalist at KCET-TV Los Angeles, has directed films like "An Officer and a Gentleman," his second movie after quitting the station to direct an Oscar-winning short, "Teenage Father." His feature documentary, "When We Were Kings," won an Academy Award in 1997.

Benson, who has served at the guild in various capacities for 35 years, was the DGA's lead contract negotiator at WNET-TV New York from 1976-2003. A staff associate at the PBS affiliate from 1971-2003, he worked on such programs as the "MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour" and "Live From the Met."

Paul worked as a news director for 50 years and continues to direct for ABC's "20/20" and "Primetime." He started as a stage manager at the former WBKB-TV Chicago and also directed programs on NBC, including "Today" and "Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder."
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