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“Top Model,” “MasterChef,” “Ink Master” score DGA nods

Directors for America's Next Top Model (pictured), Stars Earn Stripes, MasterChef, Face Off and Ink Master have been nominated for Directors Guild of America Awards in the reality television category.
January 10, 2013

Directors for CW’s America’s Next Top Model (pictured), NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, Fox’s MasterChef, Syfy’s Face Off and Spike’s Ink Master have scored Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nominations in the reality television category.

The five directors are among 40 nominees in eight television categories this year. The list of reality program nominees are below, with descriptions provided by the DGA:

Tony Croll
America’s Next Top Model, “The Girl Who Becomes America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
Associate Directors: David Charles, Dan Curran
Segment Directors: Bryan O’Donnell, Rebecca Taylor

This is Mr. Croll’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2008 for “Episode 1002″ of America’s Next Top Model and in 2005 for “Episode #1, Pilot” of Three Wishes (the award was a tie with J. Rupert Thompson who won for Fear Factor – “Heist Fear Factor, Season 6 Premiere”). He was previously nominated in this category in in 2007 for “Episode 101″ of Shooting Sizemore.

Peter Ney
Face Off, “Scene of the Crime” (Syfy)
Associate Director: Paul Hogan

This is Mr. Ney’s first DGA Award nomination.

Brian Smith
MasterChef, “Episode #305″ (Fox)
Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski

This is Mr. Smith’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2010 and 2011 for episodes “103″ and “201″ of MasterChef.

J. Rupert Thompson
Stars Earn Stripes, “Amphibious Assault” (NBC)
Stage Managers: Joe Osborne, Tommy Kuk, Bryan Boardley

This is Mr. Thompson’s fifth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2005 for Fear Factor – “Heist Fear Factor, Season 6 Premiere.” (The award was a tie with Tony Croll who won for Three Wishes – “Episode #1, Pilot.”) He was previously nominated in this category in 2011 for Fear Factor 2.0 – “Scorpion Tales,” in 2008 for Estate of Panic – “102, That Sinking Feeling,” and in 2006 for Fear Factor – “Military Fear Factor, Season Finale.”

Tim Warren
Ink Master, “Episode 103″ (Spike)
Associate Director: Charity Ozarowski
This is Mr. Warren’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2006 for “Episode #101″ of Pros vs. Joes.

Check out the full list of 2012 DGA Awards television nominees here. The winners will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards on February 2 in Los Angeles.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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