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The 75th annual Directors Guild of America Awards will announce nominations for the television categories Tuesday, January 10. Voting opened December 9 and runs through Friday, January 6. Awards will be given out Saturday, February 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. For more on the film ceremony, head to IndieWire’s Awards Calendar.

The Directors Guild Awards tend to have some interesting quirks, especially when it comes to the TV and Documentary categories. Just last year, the organization filled its Drama Series category full of “Succession” episodes, proving when directors love a show, they really love it. Though the list of Documentary nominees often has crossover with the Oscars, last year was also an example of how TV-specific projects like Raoul Peck’s HBO docuseries “Exterminate All the Brutes” can break in too.

Add in rules about how shows need to be a DGA signatory, or the director Hwang Dong-hyuk a DGA member (hence last year’s snub of “Squid Game” helmer Hwang Dong-hyuk, who’d go on to win the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series Emmy), and one sees a very unique pool of awardsworthy talent.

Below, IndieWire makes predictions for what comedies, dramas, limited series, documentaries, and even TV movies will receive a 2023 Directors Guild Award nomination when the Television, Documentary, and Commercials nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 10.

Comedy Series

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“Hacks”

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Lucia Aniello, “Hacks” – “There Will Be Blood” (HBO Max)
Randall Einhorn, “Abbott Elementary” – “Development Day” (ABC)
Bill Hader, “Barry” – “710N” (HBO)
Christopher Storer, “The Bear” – “Review” (Hulu)
Mike White, “The White Lotus” – “Arrivederci” (HBO)

The State of the Race: Though using a different eligibility window than the Emmys opens the DGA Awards categories up for new blood, there sadly have not been any comedies outside “The Bear” that have garnered attention for their directing specifically. Feels safe to predict the tense, cinematic seventh episode of FX on Hulu’s summer hit will be the one awards season edition to break in. With “Abbott Elementary,” it is a little more complicated. Technically, the pilot, which was nominated for an Emmy, first premiered at the end of 2021, putting it on the fringes of the eligibility window. It is an undeniable hit though, with executive producer Einhorn being the most likely push for the award. The Season 2 opener, which is firmly a 2022 episode, would make sense as the episode voters land on honoring if they want to recognize the ABC sitcom. As for returnees, past winners Aniello and Hader, and past nominee White all delivered the best episodes yet of their ongoing shows, so the DGA is even more likely to reward them for those.

Drama Series

Ozark. (L to R) Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde, Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde in Season 4 Part 2 Episode 7 of Ozark. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in “Ozark”

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Jason Bateman, “Ozark” – “A Hard Way to Go” (Netflix)
Matt and Ross Duffer, “Stranger Things” – “Chapter Nine: The Piggyback” (Netflix)
Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” – “Saul Gone” (AMC)
Miguel Sapochnik, “House of the Dragon” – “The Heirs of the Dragon” (HBO)
Ben Stiller, “Severance” – “The We We Are” (Apple TV+)

The State of the Race: Consider this the category for swan songs. In the case of Gould and Bateman, they are working on finally getting a win for the bittersweet series finales of their previously nominated shows. Both the Duffer Brothers and Stiller helmed buzzy season finales that put the characters of both “Stranger Things” and “Severance” at a whole new starting line for their upcoming seasons. Lastly, Miguel Sapochnik, a previous winner for his “Game of Thrones” work, had an exit of a different kind, exiting the producing team of prequel series “House of the Dragon,” but voters are sure to still be excited by the talented filmmaker’s return to Westeros, and all the world building he did in the pilot. Not all love is granted equally though, so there is a chance guild members could act as they did last year, and focus the nominations on a smaller group of shows.

Movies for Television and Limited Series

The Dropout -- “Green Juice” - Episode 103 -- As Theranos rapidly expands, Elizabeth’s technology struggles to keep pace and members of the board become increasingly wary of her secretive behavior. Sunny considers joining the company. Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) and Sunny Balwani (Naveen Andrews), shown. (Photo by: Beth Dubber/Hulu)

“The Dropout”

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Michael Showalter, “The Dropout” – “Green Juice” (Hulu)
Francesca Gregorini, “The Dropout” – “Iron Sister” (Hulu)
Eric Appel, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” (Roku Channel)
Paris Barclay, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” – “Silenced” (Netflix)
Kim McKay, “Black Bird” – “WhatsHerName” (Apple TV+)

The State of the Race: Again, because the TV calendar favors Emmys consideration above all, the category recognizing limited series falls right at a time where voters saw many presumed contenders like “The Dropout” so long ago, but have not had many new limited series arrive soon enough for them to want to change their minds. Projects like Eric Appel’s “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” or the sixth episode of Netflix mega-hit “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” directed by Barclay, one of the DGA’s recent lifetime achievement recipients, have generated enough noise to pique other directors’ interests. Outside of that, maybe bet on one of IndieWire’s highlights, “Black Bird,” which was not exactly a watercooler show as a July release, but is definitely the kind of crime drama voters often appreciate.

Documentary Feature

All That Breathes

“All That Breathes”

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Shaunak Sen, “All That Breathes” (HBO Documentary/Sideshow)
Laura Poitras, “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon)
Daniel Roher, “Navalny” (CNN/Warner Bros.)
Ryan White, “Good Night Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
W. Kamau Bell, “We Need to Talk About Cosby” (Showtime)

The State of the Race: Shifting into Oscars mode, Sundance breakout “All That Breathes” has racked up enough wins from influential awards bodies to be a mainstay in any category this winter that has the word “documentary” in it. Similarly, Poitras’ “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” made practically every critics’ Best Films of the Year list (including ours). Famously, when Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy’s Directors branch, it was the DGA that swooped in to not only nominate him, but give him the award. That kind of scenario could happen this year with White’s crowd pleasing “Good Night Oppy,” which fell short of making the Documentary Feature shortlist, but still has plenty of filmmaker fans from other corners of the movie landscape. As previously mentioned, the DGAs do mix theatrical and televised projects in this category specifically, so Roher’s “Navalny,” which was a film festival favorite turned HBO Max highlight is likely to make the cut, as is “We Need to Talk About Cosby,” the Showtime docuseries that’s most akin to past winner “OJ: Made in America.”

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Title: 2023 DGA Awards TV and Documentary Nominations Predictions: More Endings Than Beginnings
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LISTEN: DRMAGDN Unveils Memorable Tribute Remix of The Beatles’ “Something” Featuring All-Star Collaborators

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Renowned drummer/DJ DRMAGDN has returned with his most powerful release yet, this time coming in the form of a breathtaking tribute remix of The Beatles’ timeless hit, “Something.” Recently signed with BMG, DRMAGDN was granted access to dive into George Harrison’s decorated catalog, and he enlisted the talents of Michelle Ray (Team Blake on Season 4 of The Voice) and a stellar lineup of accomplished artists to elevate his reimagionation of “Something” to new heights. The outcome is an exceptionally captivating electronic-infused masterpiece, enriched by crisp drum fills that pay homage to the original track. Hear what we mean by watching the video below and be sure to turn your speakers up for this one.

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What if we could just ask AI to be less biased?

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This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here.

Think of a teacher. Close your eyes. What does that person look like? If you ask Stable Diffusion or DALL-E 2, two of the most popular AI image generators, it’s a white man with glasses. 

Last week, I published a story about new tools developed by researchers at AI startup Hugging Face and the University of Leipzig that let people see for themselves what kinds of inherent biases AI models have about different genders and ethnicities.

Although I’ve written a lot about how our biases are reflected in AI models, it still felt jarring to see exactly how pale, male, and stale the humans of AI are. That was particularly true for DALL-E 2, which generates white men 97% of the time when given prompts like “CEO” or “director.”

And the bias problem runs even deeper than you might think into the broader world created by AI. These models are built by American companies and trained on North American data, and thus when they’re asked to generate even mundane everyday items, from doors to houses, they create objects that look American, Federico Bianchi, a researcher at Stanford University, tells me.

As the world becomes increasingly filled with AI-generated imagery, we are going to mostly see images that reflect America’s biases, culture, and values. Who knew AI could end up being a major instrument of American soft power?
So how do we address these problems? A lot of work has gone into fixing biases in the data sets AI models are trained on. But two recent research papers propose interesting new approaches.

What if, instead of making the training data less biased, you could simply ask the model to give you less biased answers?

A team of researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and AI startup Hugging Face developed a tool called Fair Diffusion that makes it easier to tweak AI models to generate the types of images you want. For example, you can generate stock photos of CEOs in different settings and then use Fair Diffusion to swap out the white men in the images for women or people of different ethnicities.

As the Hugging Face tools show, AI models that generate images on the basis of image-text pairs in their training data default to very strong biases about professions, gender, and ethnicity. The German researchers’ Fair Diffusion tool is based on a technique they developed called semantic guidance, which allows users to guide how the AI system generates images of people and edit the results.

The AI system stays very close to the original image, says Kristian Kersting, a computer science professor at TU Darmstadt who participated in the work. 

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This method lets people create the images they want without having to undertake the cumbersome and time-consuming task of trying to improve the biased data set that was used to train the AI model, says Felix Friedrich, a PhD student at TU Darmstadt who worked on the tool.

However, the tool is not perfect. Changing the images for some occupations, such as “dishwasher,” didn’t work as well because the word means both a machine and a job. The tool also only works with two genders. And ultimately, the diversity of the people the model can generate is still limited by the images in the AI system’s training set. Still, while more research is needed, this tool could be an important step in mitigating biases.

A similar technique also seems to work for language models. Research from the AI lab Anthropic shows how simple instructions can steer large language models to produce less toxic content, as my colleague Niall Firth reported recently. The Anthropic team tested different language models of varying sizes and found that if the models are large enough, they self-correct for some biases after simply being asked to.

Researchers don’t know why text- and image-generating AI models do this. The Anthropic team thinks it might be because larger models have larger training data sets, which include lots of examples of biased or stereotypical behavior—but also examples of people pushing back against this biased behavior.

AI tools are becoming increasingly popular for generating stock images. Tools like Fair Diffusion could be useful for companies that want their promotional pictures to reflect society’s diversity,

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 Size? and Adidas Enter Into Partnership With Amnesia Ibiza

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The world-renowned super club Amnesia has teamed up with the peerless footwear specialists size? and globally recognized Adidas Originals for the 2023 season. This partnership aims to bring together two cultural powerhouses to create unforgettable experiences for club-goers.

As part of this partnership, size? and adidas Originals will sponsor some of the biggest events at Amnesia, including the Pyramid opening on June 11th and the closing party. Pyramid parties will feature headliners such as Caribou, Bonobo (DJ Set), Ricardo Villabolos, Nina Kraviz, Raresh, Richie Hawin, and more. They will also sponsor the all-inclusive party HE.SHE.THEY. with several exciting activations throughout the season.

For each of these special collaborative events, size? and adidas Originals will take things to a whole new level with unique video mapping on the Amnesia entrance wall, special bus wraps, and plenty more across the season.

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The partnership will commence with the Do Not Sleep event on June 7th, featuring Jackmaster and Sidney Charles b2b Yaya, Manchester’s favorite trio, Mason Collective.

Tickets: €35 +

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Pyramid Opening

The Pyramid opening on June 11th will feature a special three-way back-to-back between Ricard Villalobos, Raresh, and Franco Cinelli on the Terraza, alongside Nima Gorji and Cuartero. The Main Room will welcome Andres Campo, Deborah De Luca, Kobosil, and Luca Donzelli.

Tickets: €55 +

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The partnership between size? and adidas Originals with Amnesia Ibiza is truly a coming together of some mighty forces in the worlds of music and fashion. We can expect the 2023 season to be a season of unforgettable experiences.

Size? shared their excitement about the partnership, saying “With the summer season upon us, we’re excited to announce our partnership with iconic super club Amnesia for the full season in Ibiza. Here at size?, we are incredibly passionate about music, and we’ll also be sponsoring some of the most renowned nights on the Balearic island; Pyramid, Do Not Sleep, Amnesia Present, and HE/SHE/THEY. We can’t wait to see what the season has to offer.”

Neil Evans, Music Director at Amnesia Ibiza, also expressed his excitement about the partnership, saying “It’s a real pleasure to be working alongside two forward-thinking brands. We have been looking for a perfect brand alignment for some time, and we have a like-minded partnership for the future.”

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