Director, producer, writer and former DGA president Jack Shea
, died yesterday of complications from Alzheimer’s in Tarzana, according to his wife Patt Shea
. He was 84. Shea, a New York City native, served three terms as Directors Guild of America president from 1997 to 2002. Under his watch, the DGA addressed runaway production, encouraged diversity in hiring, formed an Independent Directors Committee and negotiated landmark deals, including the historic “blended contract.” One of the original organizers and a past president of the Radio and Television Directors Guild (Rtdg), the precursor to the DGA, Shea encouraged the merger of the Rtdg with the Screen Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA. In 1992, Shea was awarded the DGA’s Robert Aldrich
Award for “40 years of extraordinary service.” His 40-year television directing and producing career included episodes of The Jeffersons
, Silver Spoons
, The Ropers
& Son and Designing Women
for which he received an Emmy nomination.