Directors' Guild of America President Michael Apted was re-elected to a second term at the union's national biennial convention on Sept. 24.
(The Hollywood Reporter) -- Directors' Guild of America President Michael Apted was re-elected to a second term at the union's national biennial convention on Sept. 24.
Steven Soderbergh was additionally elected national VP, the second-highest position, and Gilbert Cates was re-elected secretary treasurer.
Nominations and voting were handled from the floor of the convention by the 130 delegates who gathered at the DGA's headquarters in Los Angeles.
"I'm delighted to be re-elected and have a strong team around me," Apted said of his new two-year term. "The DGA is forever on the front lines, protecting our creative and economic rights and fending off threats to our livelihoods such as runaway production, piracy and the theft of intellectual property. I am honored to be standing on the front lines with this Guild, and look forward to continuing my work as president."
Added Soderbergh, "Michael Apted is a true leader -- in this guild, in the industry, and in his craft. His passion, diligence and integrity serve as an inspiration and a model for all our members."
Apted, a DGA member since 1978, joined the Western Directors Council in 1997 and the national board in 2001. He was elected 5th VP in 2002 and to his first term as president in 2003.
His directorial experience has ranged from independent films and documentaries to television and major features. Apted has also served on the DGA Independent Directors Committee since its inception.
His credits over a 37-year-career include such features as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Thunderheart," "Nell," "The World is Not Enough," "Gorky Park," "Tell No One" and, most recently, the first three episodes of the HBO series "Rome." He is also currently in production on the feature "Amazing Grace."