DGA Announces Commercial Direction Nominees

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Murro for Adidas.
Three-time nominees Dante Ariola of MJZ and Noam Murro of Biscuit Filmworks are joined by three first-timers on the list of contenders for the Directors Guild of America's 2004 award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials, the DGA announced Thursday. In addition to Ariola and Murro, the list of nominees includes MJZ's Fredrik Bond, Andrew Douglas of Anonymous Content and Hungry Man's Jim Jenkins -- all enjoying their first DGA nods.

Ariola, who was nominated for the award in 2000 and 2002, made the list based on overseas work for Barclay's and Stella Artois, as well as one domestic spot, "Urban Legend" for Levi's. Murro, who collects his third nomination in as many years, advanced on the basis of a reel that includes work for Adidas, Starbucks and eBay.

Jenkins for TBS.
As for the first-timers, Bond made the cut based on work for U.K. networking company Hutchinson and Nike Europe; Douglas' reel included spots for Renault, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Barclay's and Microsoft; while Jenkins was nominated on the strength of recent spots for Discovery Channel, Nextel and TBS.

The winner will be announced Jan. 29 at the DGA Awards Dinner in L.A.

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