DGA Nominates 5 Directors

NEW YORK The Directors Guild of America has named five nominees for its Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials Award for 2002.

Nominees are: Dante Ariola of Morton Jankel Zander in Los Angeles for TBWA\Chiat\Day’s “Signs” for Sony Playstation 2; Fallon’s “Cheese” for Buddy Lee; and Bozell’s “Butcher” for Bank of America.

Leslie Dektor of Dektor Film in Hollywood, Calif., was nominated for Ogilvy & Mather’s “Crazy Love” for American Express; Euro RSCG McConnaughy Tatham’s “Rent or Food” for America’s Second Harvests; and McGarry Bowen’s “Lady Liberty” for Verizon.

DGA cited Craig Gillespie of MJZ for Fallon’s “Treadmill” for Citibank; Fallon’s “Snake Bite” for Holliday Inn Express; Campbell-Ewald’s “Cops” for Chevy; Goodby, Silverstein & Partner’s “Coffee Machine” for SBC; and Fallon’s “Suki” for EDS.

Noam Murro of Biscuit Filmworks in Los Angeles was recognized for “Sheet Metal” for Saturn, “Do It eBay” for eBay, and “Pick” and “Pitch” for E*Trade, all from Goodby.

Baker Smith of Harvest Films in Santa Monica, Calif., was nominated for Euro RSCG BETC’s “Black Bands” and “Visigoths” for Canal+; Cliff Freeman and Partners’ “Lightning” and “Wind” for Fox Sports; and Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s “Clown” for the BMW Mini Cooper.

The winner will be named at the 55th annual DGA Awards on March 1 in Los Angeles.