DGA Names Outstanding Director Nominees

NEW YORK The Directors Guild of America said it has nominated five candidates for Outstanding Commercial Director.

MJZ’s Dante Ariola and Biscuit Filmworks’ Noam Murro were both nominated for the third time. First-time nominated directors were Anonymous Content’s Andrew Douglas, Hungry Man’s Jim Jenkins and MJZ’s Fredrik Bond.

Ariola was nominated for “Circus,” for Stella Artois by Lowe in London; “Urban Legend,” for Levi’s by Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York; and “Money Tree,” for Barclay’s by BBH in London.

Murro was recognized for “Carry,” for Adidas by TBWA\Chiat\Day in San Francisco; “Glen,” for Starbucks by Fallon in New York; and “Toy Boat,” for eBay by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.

Bond was tapped for “Cherry” and “Jelly Fish,” for new media company Three by WCRS in London and “The Other Game,” for Nike by Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore.

Douglas was nominated for “Fell It,” for Renault by Publicis in London; “The Air,” for PricewaterhouseCoopers by Hill, Holliday, Connors Cosmopulos in Boston; “New Day,” for Barclay’s by Venables, Bell & Partners in San Francisco; and “Hat,” for Microsoft by McCann Erickson in San Francisco.

Jenkins was named for “Antlers” and “Milk Truck,” for the Discovery Channel by nicebigbrain in New York; “Dance Party,” for Nextel by TBWA\C\D in New York; and “Strange Fruit,” for TBS by Publicis in New York.

Last year’s Outstanding Commercial Director was Anonymous Contents’ David Fincher.

This year’s winner will be named on Jan. 29 at a DGA ceremony in Los Angeles.