Paris Barclay Becomes the First Black Director Nominated for an Emmy in All Narrative Categories

Paris Barclay is now the first Black director to be nominated in the Drama, Comedy, and now Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie categories, after being recognized for his work on Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, according to Deadline.

He had previously received nominations for the television shows, NYPD Blue on ABC in 1998, The West Wing on NBC in 2002, and Glee on Fox in 2010, 2013, and 2014. Additionally, Barclay served as the previous president of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Commenting on his recent nomination, the Black director said, “I’m mostly just incredibly grateful. Grateful to the terrific writers I’ve been fortunate to work with on Emmy episodes – David Milch, Aaron Sorkin, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan; and now I can add David McMillan and Janet Mock to the list.” He went on, “But I’m also grateful I’ve been able to help tell stories that really matter, that really make a difference.

The famed director shared that, to portray Rodney Burford’s world in a way that people could truly empathize with, he proudly assisted the newcomer to give a performance that matched Evan Peters’ intensity.

“It’s one of the episodes I’m proudest of in my career; and to be recognized is fantastic, but really secondary to getting to say “Tony Hughes mattered,” he noted.

The Ryan Murphy-produced, Evan Peters-starred series, “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which is based on the life and crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, debuted all 10 episodes on Netflix on September 22 of last year.  According to Black Enterprise, the program received 13 Emmy nominations although the families of the serial killer’s victims criticized the show.

Paris Barclay is a renowned and successful director in the television industry. He has directed over 160 television episodes over the course of his illustrious career in the industry, including episodes of NYPD BLUE, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, GLEE, SCANDAL, and EMPIRE, among others, IMDB notes.

Paris has received recognition for his work with numerous charitable organizations, including Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food, in addition to his service to the DGA.

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