Directors Guild Elects Thomas Schlamme as New President

Thomas Schlamme

The announcement was made Saturday during the guild's biennial convention.

Director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America as voted by the delegates at the guild’s national biennial convention at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry,” Schlamme said after the vote. “We have a more than 80-year foundation of leadership. Our strength comes from our solidarity and our ability to anticipate the future. Regardless of what lies ahead, I’m optimistic that our approach assures we are well prepared to protect our creative and economic rights. I am committed to representing the entire membership, and optimistic about tackling the world of tomorrow together.”

Schlamme has been on the guild’s national board since 2005, most recently as third vice president, and was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees, as well as a member of the committee in 2008.

Outgoing president Paris Barclay handed over the reins to Schlamme graciously. “It has been an honor serving this tremendous guild as president, and with Tommy taking the reins, I am confident the DGA is in good hands,” said Barclay. “We are the gold standard because of our strong leadership of active working directors, and Tommy is not only a leading television director who has helped shape the very landscape of the medium, he has served our guild for years advancing our interests. I’m thrilled to see him take on this role, and know he’ll do a tremendous job guiding us into the future.”

Schlamme directed and is credited with creating the look of such hit TV series as The West WingSpin City, The Larry Sanders Show and Parenthood, among many others, as well as the 1993 Mike Myers comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer. His latest project is FX's Snowfall from creator John Singleton. 

Schlamme has won three DGA Awards and nine Emmys.

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