Magazine article Variety

It's All in the Gains

Magazine article Variety

It's All in the Gains

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Paris Barclay is ready for another two-year term as the 25th president of the Directors Guild of America, despite a seriously busy schedule.

"I enjoy a lot of what the president does," he told Variety recently. "I'm likely to continue."

DGA presidents typically serve two terms, as was the case with Barclay's predecessor Tayler Hackford, and they tend to continue working in the industry on projects while in office. In Barclay's case he's finished executive producing the last season of FX's drama "Sons of Anarchy" and recently journeyed to Wales to shoot a pilot for "The Bastard Executioner" from Kurt Sutter's script.

"It's set in the 14th century and there are no motorcycles," Barclay says.

Twenty months into his presidency, Barclay's pleased with the DGA's three-year successor deal to its master contract that went into effect in July - particularly in the requirement for major TV studios to maintain or establish a program designed to expand opportunities for directors in episodic television with an emphasis on increasing diversity.

Barclay, the DGA's first African-American president, says he's working toward similar diversity provisions covering work in feature films. "That part is far more complicated than TV," he says.

Barclay's pleased that overall gains in TV programming are translating to more money in the pockets of the 15,000 DGA members. …

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