DGA Unveils Nominees

LOS ANGELES The Directors Guild of America announced its nominations for outstanding directorial achievement in commercials here on Monday.

Nominees include five-time nominee Dante Ariola of MJZ, who won the prize last year for Sony PlayStation 3’s “Grenade” by Omnicom’s TBWA\Chiat\Day; Wrigley’s “Flare” from Omnicom’s Energy BBDO; and Nike’s “Addicted” by independent Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

MJZ’s Fredrik Bond received his second nomination for directing spots for the California Milk Processing Board’s “Got milk?” campaign (“Straw”) by Omnicom’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; and JC Penney’s “Aviator” via Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi.

Nicolai Fuglsig, signed with MJZ’s U.K. office, got his first nomination for directing “Tripping Point” for Guinness through BBDO, “It’s Magic” for JC Penney from Saatchi & Saatchi and “Journey” for Motorola via AMV BBDO.

Frank Budgen earned his first DGA nomination for “Playdoh” for Sony Bravia by Publicis Groupe’s Fallon and, working for Gorgeous Enterprises/Anonymous Content, Save Our Selves/Live Earth’s “S.O.S.” from WPP Group’s Y&R.

Biscuit Filmworks director Noam Murro (five-time nominee and winner in 2004) was recognized for “Night Drive” for Volkswagen by Omnicom’s DDB London; Orbit Gum’s “Affair” via BBDO and Goodby’s “Remember” for the NBA.

“Each genre requires unique talent and vision,” said DGA president Michael Apted in a statement, calling the projects nominated “incredibly creative and compelling.”

The winner will be announced Jan. 29 in ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.