Exec director Roth gets life at DGA


Longtime DGA national executive director Jay Roth will be named an honorary life member of the guild at the 60th annual DGA Awards, officials said Monday.

The awards gala is set for Jan. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

"Jay is a true industry leader, admired and trusted by all sides," DGA president Michael Apted said. "His skill, his intelligence, his energy and his real love of the DGA and what it stands for are priceless assets to our guild and the entertainment industry. He's a remarkable man with a brilliant mind and great insight. If there's anyone who can find himself in a labyrinth, pick his way through and come out the other side, it's Jay."

The DGA's honorary life member award recognizes "outstanding creative achievement, contribution to the DGA or the profession of directing."

Roth has been the guild's NED for 12 years. He joined the DGA in 1995 after a career practicing entertainment labor law as managing partner of Taylor, Roth, Bush & Geffner.

"Jay Roth is the very best of the breed of executive directors," DGA secretary-treasurer Gil Cates said. "Savvy technically, an ex-labor lawyer, he is an ardent defender of the guild's primary mission — protecting the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams."

Those previously honored with lifetime guild memberships include last year's recipient, Carl Reiner.