Directorial Choices with 3X Primetime Emmy Award Nominated Director

Occurred on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Guest Speaker(s): Lee Shallat-Chemel

Original event synopsis

Television director and producer, Lee Shallat-Chemel (The Middle, Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown, Spin City, Bernie Mack, Arrested Development) will discuss her long career directing episodic comedy beginning with her start on Family Ties to her current gig, ABC’s The Middle.

In Ms. Shallat-Chemel’s 30 year career in television, she has proven adept at staging comedy and effectively working with actors. She is considered one of the most accomplished sitcom directors in TV today. Lee will discuss the creative and commercial side of making funny shows. She will also talk about on set leadership. How does one control egos, agendas, creative opinions while motivating a cast & crew to create a synergistic environment that brings out the best in everyone and delivers the highest possible product?

About Lee Shallat-Chemel
She was born in Los Angeles and initially became an academic, earning several graduate degrees and teaching at colleges throughout the country. She began directing plays at many colleges and small theaters in Southern California, which led to meeting writer-producer Gary Goldberg in 1983 who had recently created Family Ties. Goldberg hired Chemel to direct several episodes of the series and she has been working steadily in television ever since, helming episodes of almost 90 different series including; Diff’rent Strokes, Full House, Benson, The Hogan Family, Newhart, Northern Exposure, Murphy Brown, The Nanny, NewsRadio, Spin City, Just Shoot Me!, Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, Becker, Greg the Bunny, Arrested Development, The Bernie Mac Show, Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl, Hannah Montana, Happily Divorced, Raising Hope and The Middle; among many others. Chemel has also served as a director-producer on The Nanny, Gilmore Girls and Happily Divorced.
Chemel also directed the feature Greener Mountains in 2005. For her directorial efforts, Chemel was nominated for four Emmys; Murphy Brown (1992), Mad About You (1994), a CBS Schoolbreak Special: Other Mothers (1994), and The Nanny (1995).

Lee Also, has a long history of Guild service. She served on the Directors Guild’s National Board from 2001-2009, the Western Director’s Council from 1999-2007 and on the 2002, 2008 and 2011 Negotiating Committees.

Here’s a sneak peak! https://vimeo.com/169472044

Indie Wire: http://www.indiewire.com/2014/04/crosspost-the-time-of-her-life-207005/

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