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Industry Mourns Loss of a Great Leader

The entertainment industry mourned the loss of a great leader. On Monday, October 31, 2011, Directors Guild of America Secretary-Treasurer and Past President Gil Cates passed away. In addition to his numerous directing credits, Cates was founding Dean of the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, founder and producing director at the Geffen Playhouse and 14-time producer of the Oscar broadcast.

International President Matthew Loeb expressed his condolences on his passing by stating: “The IA and the entire industry have lost a great friend in Gil Cates.  He was truly an honorable man whose warmth, intelligence and demeanor defined him.  His creative spirit and his humanity will be greatly missed.”