Paris Barclay is a two-time Emmy®-winning director and producer of some of television's most original and acclaimed series. He's directed 131 episodes of television, including NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, Lost, The Good Wife, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, House, Glee, and the Steven Spielberg-produced series Smash.
For the past two seasons, Paris has been an Executive Producer and the principal director of Sons of Anarchy. He helmed the Season 5 premiere of Sons ("Sovereign"), which became FX's most- watched program in their 19-year history, followed by the season 4 premierd ("Out"), also directed by Paris. His episodes have made an indelible mark on the series, including season 1's "Patch Over", season 2's "Balm", and season 4's "Burnt and Purged Away".
Prior to Sons, he executive produced and directed 36 episodes of HBO's critically lauded series In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne and featuring Debra Winger, Dianne Wiest, Mia Wasikowska, Blair Underwood, and Amy Ryan. As the director, producer, and co-creator, Paris also helped launch the groundbreaking series City of Angels, which ran for two seasons on CBS.
Paris won his two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD Blue and has received four additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing, most recently for Glee's seminal 2009 episode "Wheels". Paris has also garnered 10 Directors Guild nominations, for shows as diverse as NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, House, Weeds, In Treatment and Glee. He became the first director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (2008 & 2009). He's also received three NAACP Image Awards, for producing, writing and directing City of Angels, directing Cold Case, and this past year for directing Smash. He's received honors such as four prestigious Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, and countless other recognitions.
In addition to episodic television, Paris also co-wrote and executive produced the biopic Pedro along with Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, garnering a Writers Guild and Humanitas nomination. Paris directed the HBO film The Cherokee Kid starring Sinbad; and the comedy classic, Don't Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood for Miramax. Paris is also an accomplished playwright and composer, having written 16 musicals, including One Red Flower (based on the book Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam) which has been produced all over the country.
Paris got his start in advertising working as a creative executive and then segued into directing music videos for some of musicâ€™s biggest stars, such as: Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, and LL Cool J. Paris also currently serves as the First Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, re-elected in 2011 for a fourth term as the first African-American officer in the history of the Guild. In addition to his work in the industry, Paris has been recognized for his service and contributions to many charitable organizations, including Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food.