Park Pictures' Lance Acord, MJZ's Dante Ariola and Fredrik Bond, @radical.media's Steve Miller and Biscuit Filmworks' Noam Murro have been nominated in the commercials category for the DGA awards.
DGA president Taylor Hackford, who announced the nominees, said that the fact that these directors are able to create excellent work regardless of obstacles like tighter schedules, especially in an environment where viewers have so many entertainment options to pick from, is a "true testament to the importance of directorial skill in television."
This is Acord's second time being nominated in the category. This year, his nominated work includes Volkswagen's blockbuster Super Bowl ad "The Force," two spots for Nike, "Paint the Town," with Wieden + Kennedy Portland and "The Chosen," out of 72andSunny and finally, "The Sweetest Moment," for the NBA out of Goodby.
Ariola, who is an old hand at these, gets the nod for the sixth time, for work for Jim Beam's "Parallel Lines," Volkswagen's "Black Betty," and the Nissan Leaf's "Gas Powered Everything." He won the award in 2006.
Fellow MJZ director Bond is nominated for his work with Heineken, "The Entrance" and "The Date." This is his fourth time being nominated.
Steve Miller of @radical.media earns his first DGA nomination for his work with Dos Equis, out of EuroRSCG Worldwide New York, Geico, out of the Martin Agency and Cheetos with Goodby.
Biscuit Filmworks' Noam Murro also earned a nod, his sixth nomination in this category. His work includes "Handlebar Mustache" for Heineken Premium Light out of W+K NY, "Hot House," for DirecTV out of Grey, "Pinata," for the Volkswagen Tiguan out of Deutsch L.A. and "Is It Real?" for Electronic Arts' Battlefield 3 out of W+K Portland. He won the award in 2004.
Last year, Imperial Woodpecker's Stacy Wall took home the grand prize, his first ever, for work including Nike's "Rise," and "Handshake," out of W+K Portland, "Really?" for Microsoft, out of CP+B and "Slim Chin and D Rose," from Adidas out of 180 L.A.