MJZ Makes Strong Showing at DGA Nominations

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MJZ directors made another dominant showing today at the Directors Guild of America, which announced its nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2007. The production company claimed three of the five slots, with Dante Ariola, Fredrik Bond and Nicolai Fuglsig each earning a nomination. Ariola, who won the honor in 2006, received his fifth DGA nomination for spots Playstation 3 "Grenade," Wrigley's "Flare" and Nike's "Addicted." Fredrik Bond, who was also nominated in 2004, made the list based on the "Straw" spot for Goodby's Milk "Get the Glass"campaign and JCPenney's "Aviator" while Nicolai Fuglsig earned his first nomination on the merits of Guinness' "Tipping Point," JCPenney's "It's Magic," and Motorola's "Journey."

Noam Murro, who took home the award in 2004, like Ariola earned his fifth nomination, for NBA's "Remember," Orbit Gum's "Affair" and "Night Drive" for the VW Golf. Gorgeous Enterprises/Anonymous Content's Frank Budgen received his first nomination, based on Fallon, London and Sony Bravia's "Play-doh" and his Live Earth "S.O.S. Save Our Selves" spot, out of Y&R/Chicago.

Additionally, director Alan Taylor earned a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night, for his work on the pilot episode for AMC's Mad Men, which had been produced out of @radical.media.

The winners will be revealed on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the 60th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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