Samsung’s ‘Sos Island’ Imagines ‘Survivor’ With Social Media

If you were ever trapped on an island with a working Internet connection, finding a way off would be as simple as searching for a signal. For Samsung, however, this seemingly incongruous combination is the basis for a branded series. It's called Sos Island, and it follows eight young contestants as they live for two weeks on a remote island. Currently, the basic units of the show are hour-long live streams featuring all eight contestants gathered together. On October 22nd, Sos Island will begin showcasing challenges, with the returning contestants encouraged to continue drumming up support before voting ends on November 30th. Unlike Survivor, contestants aren't spending their off-camera time attempting to make do and preparing for immunity challenges. Instead, they are trying to profile their island adventures on YouTube, Vine, and Instagram. The goal is to score votes from fans, with the winner receiving his or her own island.
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'Mad Men' Wins at 62nd Annual DGA Awards

"Mad Men" has grabbed a gong at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards which was held on Saturday, January 30. Earning one nom each in Dramatic Series category for three episodic directors Jennifer Getzinger, Lesli Linka Glatter and Matthew Weiner, this AMC's drama has given the prize to Glatter.

In Comedy Series category, "Modern Family" has aided its pilot director, Jason Winer, to take home an award. Also among the winners was "Taking Chance" helmer Ross Katz who won best directing prize in TV Movie category.

In movie categories, meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow has beaten her ex-husband James Cameron for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award. Thus, "The Hurt Locker" helmer has set her name as the first woman ever to win the top award from the awards event.

Later, taking home the gong for Documentary category was "The Cove" director Louie Psihoyos. At the ceremony, DGA also handed
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'The Hurt Locker,' 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' nab DGA awards

Kathryn Bigelow has nabbed the Directors Guild of America award for her work on "The Hurt Locker."

The feature film award and other directorial achievement awards were announced during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, hosted by Carl Reiner.


In the past, the DGA's feature film award winner has been a decent predictor of who will win the best director Oscar. Since 1948, the DGA and Academy have only differed six times in that category.

Bigelow beat out fellow directors James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ( "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds").

The other awards in directorial achievement follow:


Louie Psihoyos, "The Cove"

Dramatic Series Night

Lesli Linka Glatter, "Mad Men" episode "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (AMC)

Comedy Series

Jason Winer, "Modern Family" "Pilot" episode (ABC)

Movies for Television/Mini-series

Ross Katz,
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The Director's Guide Awards 2010

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The Director's Guild Awards were held last night, and they're pretty much useless as awards go, but they do seem to be the last of the major awards before the Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday. The "major shocker" here, apparently, is that Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) beat out her ex-husband James Cameron for best director, although it's only a "major shocker" if the Golden Globes were the only awards this season you're familiar with. In fact, the bigger shock would've been if Cameron had won, since of the 9 major awards for director so far this awards season, Bigelow has won seven now, to Cameron's one (Golden Globes) and Clint Eastwood's one (The National Board). So, please, La Times, "shocking" is the last fucking word you could use to describe Bigelow's victory, which you should know since you're the goddamn "Awards Insider." I have no idea why this bothers me,
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Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker Top James Cameron’s Avatar at the Directors Guild Awards

Last night, the Directors Guild of America selected the best directorial work in film and television from 2009, most notably awarding Kathryn Bigelow with Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Feature Film for her work on The Hurt Locker, becoming the first female to ever win the award. This is very good news for the Oscar prospects of the Hurt Locker, as well as very bad news for those of Avatar. The DGA feature film honoree has failed to line up with the Best Director Oscar winner a mere 6 times in the 61 year history of the awards, and has predicted the Best Picture Oscar winner 79% of the time. Earlier in the month, The Hurt Locker upset Avatar to win kudos from the Producers Guild, perhaps the guild most likely to favor the big budget wonder of Avatar. With both the producers and the directors on its side, The Hurt Locker just became the
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Kathryn Bigelow Wins Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award!

"The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award, and mark my words, she will also be the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar award!

Bigelow's triumphant win was announced at the DGA awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza. She defeated her ex-husband, James Cameron, for "Avatar," Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."

Other DGA Award winners were:

Leslie Linka Glatter -- Drama Series Award for the "Guy Walks into any Advertising Agency" for AMC's "Mad Men"

Jason Winer -- Comedy Series Award for the pilot of ABC's "Modern Family"

Ross Katz -- TV-miniseries Award for HBO's "Taking Chance"

Louis Psihoyos -- Documentary Award for "The Cove" (this will win Best Documentary Oscar!)

Don Mischer -- Musical-Variety Award for HBO's "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
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DGA TV Nominations Announced

The DGA, which unveiled the small-screen nominations in eight categories last Friday, will announce the winners Jan. 30 at its 62nd annual awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel. AMC’s Mad Men received three Directors Guild of America TV nominations for drama series and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Fox’s Glee each got a pair for comedy. The nominations included a trio of season finales in Mad Men, Curb and ABC’s Lost. In the comedy category, two shows — the pilot for ABC’s Modern Family and Glee — also received nominations.

Thomas Carter scored a nomination in the TV movie-miniseries category for TNT’s Gifted Hands — The Ben Carson Story along with Bob Balaban for Liftetime’s George O’Keefe, John Kent Harrison for CBS’s The Courageous Heart of Irene Sandler, Ross Katz for HBO’s Taking Chance and Michael Sucsy for HBO’s Grey Gardens.

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'Mad Men' Dominates 62nd Annual DGA Awards Nomination

"Mad Men" crew prove themselves that they work with the best. The AMC drama has just received three nominations at 2010 Directors Guild Awards. Three episodic directors, Jennifer Getzinger, Lesli Linka Glatter and Matthew Weiner, will compete against each other in Dramatic Series category.

The domination by "Mad Men" is almost being toppled by Fox's new series, "Glee", which nabs two under the category of Comedy Series. Similarly, HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" also has two candidates under Comedy, Jeff Schaffer and Larry Charles, who are both known as executive producers as well.

"Television directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television," said DGA President Taylor Hackford. "The DGA Awards highlight the most outstanding examples of excellence in television each year, and our 41 nominees in eight categories have distinguished themselves with creative, compelling projects that entertained and informed a diverse worldwide audience.
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DGA Recognizes TV Directors

The Directors Guild of America has revealed its nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television, Drama Series, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Reality Programs, Daytime Serials, Children’s Programs and Commercials. Despite the shit TV directors get, TV is progressing toward a greater cinematic atmosphere and TV directors are having greater relevance in the medium. DGA President, Taylor Hackford said, “television directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television”. There’s no better example than Lost, which feels more like an hour-long, big-budget film than a TV show. The two-part season 5 finale received a nod, and Curb Your Enthusiasim director’s Jeff Schaffer and Larry Charles were nominated for their work on the last two episodes of the fictional Seinfeld-reunion that took place on the show. Mad Men picked up three nominations for Drama and Glee,
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'Glee,' 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' garner Directors Guild nominations

The Directors Guild of America has released its list of TV nominees.

While usual favorites "The Office" and "30 Rock" are conspicuously absent from the Comedy category, AMC drama "Mad Men" dominates the Drama category with three nominations. "Lost" and "In Treatment" nab the other two slots.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Movies for Television

Bob Balaban, "Georgia O'Keeffe"

Thomas Carter, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"

John Kent Harrison, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"

Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"

Michael Sucsy, "Grey Gardens"

Dramatic Series

Paris Barclay, "In Treatment"

Jack Bender, "Lost"

Jennifer Getzinger, "Mad Men"

Lesli Linka Glatter, "Mad Men"

Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men"

Comedy Series

Paris Barclay, "Glee"

Larry Charles, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Ryan Murphy, "Glee"

Jeff Schaffer, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Jason Winer, "Modern Family"

Musical Variety

Joel Gallen, "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert"

Roger Goodman, "81st Annual Academy Awards"

Louis Horvitz,
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