Don Roy King

American television director
Don Roy King. Courtesy of Dana Edelson, NBC.

Don Roy King is the director of Saturday Night Live, having assumed the role in 2006.[1] This work has earned him six Primetime Emmys[2] (in a row) and ten nominations. He has also been nominated for eleven DGA (Director's Guild of America) awards,[3] which he won in 2014, 2016 and 2017.[4] His other directing work includes Survivor (including the live Survivor finales on CBS), The Early Show, and The Mike Douglas Show. He has directed morning shows at CBS and ABC.[5]

Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe's Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He also directed a big screen taping of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom in 2013.

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CareerEdit

In 2001 he ended a fourteen-year run as the creative director of CBS News and director/senior producer for The Early Show and CBS This Morning. Other CBS credits include the live finale shows of the first four Survivor series, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, Bob Simon: Back to Baghdad, The Smithsonian Anniversary Specials, Camera Three, and daytime Winter Olympics coverage in France, Norway and Japan.

After leaving CBS, he directed the network pool coverage of the first September 11 Memorial Service at Ground Zero in Manhattan. In addition, he directed numerous talk show pilots including, The Robin Quivers Show, Fergie, and Day to Day with Rachael Ray. He periodically sits in as the director of The View on ABC.

For over six years Mr. King directed Good Morning America for ABC. He also directed numerous Barbara Walters Specials and two seasons of the variety series, Kids Are People Too.

Other network credits include: Judgment Night: DNA for Fox; America Alive, a daytime series for NBC; and A War Called Peace for PBS.

Mr. King has won three other Emmys for his work – one for directing The Mike Douglas Show; another for producing and directing Toys on the Town, a musical special with Shields and Yarnell; and the third for heading the design team that revamped the graphic look of CBS News. He has also been nominated for twenty-one Emmys as a writer, producer and director. Other recognition includes two Ohio State Awards, an American Bar Association Award, a San Francisco State Award, a New York Public Relations Award and three Golden Quills.

Mr. King also has a broad theatrical background; and his television credits include the original cast versions of the Broadway musicals, Tintypes and The Me Nobody Knows. Other theatrical productions for television include Monteith and Rand on Broadway, The Passion of Dracula, and Richiardi's Chamber of Horrors, a magic special. He played Daybreak director Merv in the Harrison Ford big-screen comedy, Morning Glory. He also served as the 2nd unit director and television consultant on that movie.

His other credits range from telethons to sports: concerts for MTV, including its first two New Year's Eve parties; The Easter Seal Telethon; two seasons of the syndicated series, Comedy Tonight; The Charles Perez Show, the pilot for Paramount's Entertainment Tonight; The David Susskind Show; An All-Star Tribute to Jazz with George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton; WFL Football and Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball.

As a producer, director, writer and composer, Mr. King has developed a variety of series, specials, documentaries and musicals. Many of these were produced for local stations including WCBS and WNEW, New York; KDKA, Pittsburgh; KGSC, San Jose, California; and WPSX, State College, Pennsylvania.[6]

FilmographyEdit

Saturday Night Live

RecognitionEdit

Awards & nominationsEdit

  • 1976, nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Director for The Mike Douglas Show
  • 1977, won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Director for The Mike Douglas Show
  • 1978, nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Director for The Mike Douglas Show
  • 1979, nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Director for America Alive!
  • 1981, nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming for Kids Are People Too
  • 2007, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Program for Saturday Night Live
  • 2007, nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Program for Saturday Night Live
  • 2008, nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Program for Saturday Night Live
  • 2009, nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Program for Saturday Night Live
  • 2009, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Series for Saturday Night Live
  • 2010, won Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Series for Saturday Night Live[7]
  • 2010, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Program for Saturday Night Live
  • 2013, won Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety Series for Saturday Night Live
  • 2014, won DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming for Saturday Night Live
  • 2016, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming for Saturday Night Live
  • 2016, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming for Saturday Night Live
  • 2016, won DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials for Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
  • 2017, nominated for DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming for Saturday Night Live
  • 2017, won DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming for Saturday Night Live, "Host: Dave Chappelle"[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "> Saturday Night Live". NBC.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ emmys.com. www.emmys.com http://www.emmys.com/bios/don-roy-king. Retrieved 18 January 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Atkins, Lucas. "Director's Guild Don Roy King". dga.org. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "69th Annual DGA Awards". www.dga.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  5. ^ Carter, Bill (2006-09-21). "Bowing to Budget Cuts at NBC, 'Saturday Night Live' Pares Five Performers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Don Roy King". Penn State Forum. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  7. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2010-08-21). "The Pacific, Betty White, Neil Patrick Harris win Creative Arts Emmys". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ "69th Annual DGA Awards". www.dga.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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Preceded by
Beth McCarthy-Miller
Saturday Night Live director
2006–present
Succeeded by
None
  1. ^ Field, Jennifer. "Don Roy King". net-worths.org. Retrieved 18 January 2017.