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Beth McCarthy-Miller (born September 3, 1963, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American television director.[1] She is best known for directing Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.[2]


Early lifeEdit

McCarthy-Miller loved music from an early age. She worked as a DJ during her time in college at the University of Maryland. She majored in radio, television and film and planned to go into news. McCarthy-Miller took an internship at CNN but decided hard news was not for her. Her brother recommended she intern for MTV, which she did after graduating from Maryland.[3]


McCarthy-Miller worked her way up through MTV, taking various jobs including line producer's assistant and assistant director. She began directing in 1988. During her nine years with MTV, she worked on MTV Unplugged with Nirvana, Neil Young, Elton John, Tony Bennett, and k.d. lang.[4]Eventually she began directing for the network and landed on the show The Week in Rock and later The Jon Stewart Show.[3]

She was the director of NBC's Saturday Night Live for eleven years.[5] She left SNL in 2006 at the end of season 31, replaced as director by Don Roy King.[6] She became a director for Viacom's MTV again in 2003 when she directed the MTV Video Music Awards.

She currently works through her own companies, Catalyst Entertainment and McBeth Productions as a director and producer.[citation needed]




  1. ^ "Beth McCarthy Miller Television Director, Producer". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 22, 2017). "'SNL' Vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Melissa McCarthy's Fox Pilot 'Amy's Brother' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Harrington, Amy. "Foundation Archive: Beth McCarthy-Miller". Television Academy. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  4. ^ Barrett, Pam. ""SNL" director Beth McCarthy Miller to speak at WFU". Archived from the original on 2014-06-27. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed May 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Saturday Night Live". IMDB.
  7. ^ "Beth McCarthy-Miller | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-01-16.