Directors for CBS’s The Amazing Race (pictured), NBC’s The Biggest Loser, TNT’s 72 Hours and The Hero, and Bravo’s Top Chef have earned Directors Guild of America (DGA) nominations in the reality television category.
The group includes first-time nominees Matthew Bartley (The Biggest Loser) and Paul Starkman (Top Chef), while the rest have been nominated previously for their work.
In the TV movies and mini-series category, Stephen Frears picked up a nomination for HBO’s Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight, as did Nelson McCormick for the Nat Geo’s Killing Kennedy.
Winners will be announced at the DGA awards dinner on January 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The reality category nominees, with notes provided by the DGA, follow below:
The Biggest Loser, “1501″ (NBC)
Associate Director: Andy Nelson
Stage Managers: Dan Shepard, Tammy Oller
This is Mr. Bartley’s first DGA Award nomination.
Neil P. DeGroot
72 Hours, “The Lost Coast” (TNT)
This is Mr. DeGroot’s second DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2011 for “Episode 1115″ of The Biggest Loser.
Top Chef, “Glacial Gourmand” (Bravo)
First Assistant Director: Paul Hogan
Second Assistant Director: Belinda Bernardo
This is Mr. Starkman’s first DGA Award nomination.
J. Rupert Thompson
The Hero, “Teamwork” (TNT)
Associate Director: Tommy Kuk
Stage Managers: Mo Motlagh, Bryan Boardley, Carlos Reza
This is Mr. Thompson’s sixth 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.” He was previously nominated in this category in 2012 for the “Amphibious Assault” episode of Stars Earn Stripes, in 2011 for the “Scorpion Tales” episode of Fear Factor 2.0, in 2008 for the “102, That Sinking Feeling” episode of Estate of Panic, and in 2006 for the “Military Fear Factor, Season Finale” episode of Fear Factor.
Bertram van Munster
The Amazing Race, “Beards in the Wind” (CBS)
Associate Director: Dan Coffie
This is Mr. van Munster’s eighth DGA Award nomination and all for his direction of The Amazing Race. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2007 for The Amazing Race, “Episode #1110,” and was previously nominated in 2005 for “Episode #805,” in 2006 for “Episode #102,” in 2008 for “Episode #1303,” in 2009 for the episode “Don’t Let A Cheese Hit Me,” in 2010 for the episode “I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?” and in 2011 for the episode “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win?”