The Directors Guild of America will honor director and Past DGA President Michael Apted with the DGA Honorary Life Member Award.
The award is given “in recognition of leadership in the industry, contribution to the Guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement.”
Current President Thomas Schlamme made the announcement on Tuesday. As part of the announcement, he said:
“Michael is a game changer for our Guild and our industry. Whether having the foresight as a young man to conceptualize the revolutionary documentary series 7 UP – still going on decades later – or guiding Hollywood through a digital revolution, he is a fearless, visionary leader, and we are all the beneficiaries. Having served as either president or co-chair for every major new media and SVOD negotiation, Michael has skillfully navigated the DGA through times of great change, setting the path for our members and our industry to flourish. His search for the truth and what’s right is evident in all that he endeavors – from negotiating directors’ creative and economic rights, to rallying our industry’s fight against piracy and runaway production, to advocating for independent filmmakers and inclusion. All the while, he has taken the time to lend a hand to those behind him. As a mentor to so many, myself included, Michael has activated leadership in others and inspired us all to be more engaged in our Guild.”
In addition to being a past president of the organization, Apted currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer. He joined the DGA in 1978.
He has directed a number of films and television series dating back to the 1960s. Some of his notable film credits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” and “Amazing Grace.” Recently, he has also directed episodes of “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” and “Bloodline.”
Apted is the winner of three BAFTA awards and three additional nominations. He has also received two DGA awards, and has two additional nominations from the organization.