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40 Year Directing Career Spans the Golden Age of Hollywood Sitcoms
3-Term Directors Guild of America Presidency Highlights Include Progress in Contracts, Diversity Hiring & Runaway Production

(Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2013) -- Jack Shea, 84, former 3-term Directors Guild of America president, 2-time Emmy Award nominee and recipient of the DGA's prestigious 1992 Robert Aldrich Award, whose 40 year television directing and producing career spanned The Golden Age of Hollywood TV Situation Comedy, died at 12:45 AM on April 28, 2013 of complications from Alzheimer's in Tarzana, CA, according television screenwriter Patt Shea, his wife of 59 years.

Elected 21st President of the Directors Guild of America in June, 1997, Shea served two and a half terms thru March 9th, 2002 and resigned midway thru his 3rd term following the successful completion of the Guild's contract negotiations. Under Shea's watch, the Directors Guild of America took action on runaway production, encouraged diversity in hiring, formed an Independent Directors Committee and negotiated landmark deals, including the historic "blended contract." One of the original organizers and a past president of the Radio and Television Directors Guild (RTDG), the precursor to the DGA, Shea encouraged the merger of the RTDG with the Screen Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA. In 1992,

Shea was awarded the DGA's prestigious Robert Aldrich Award for "40 years of extraordinary service."

Shea's television directing career, in which he moved effortlessly from comedy to drama, spanned four decades -- from the 1950's thru the late 1990's -- and included directing and/or producing multiple episodes of most of the major network situation comedies and dramas of that era including: "The Jeffersons" (110 Ep.); "Silver Spoons" (91 Ep.); "The Ropers" (22 Ep.); "Sanford & Son" (15 Ep.); "Designing Women" (14 Ep., one of which garnered Shea an Emmy nomination); "The Charmings" (13 Ep.); "Growing Pains" (6 Ep.); The Waltons (8 Ep.) as well as multiple episodes of "Valerie's Family," "The Royal Family," "The Golden Girls," "Punky Brewster" and "Full House," among many other television comedy and drama series. Shea also had an enduring professional relationship with Bob Hope, directing many holiday and comedy specials from 1956-66, including many specials taped overseas.

A life-long Catholic, Shea was a co-founder, with his wife Patt Shea and other prominent Catholics in the Hollywood entertainment community, of the Hollywood-based Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA), which he was also past president of. Jack and Patt Shea jointly received the CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the Hollywood-based organization of entertainment industry professionals which celebrated its 20th anniversary in April, 2013. Shea was also a former member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Communications.

Shea's commitment and dedication to the Directors Guild of America led him to serve for 35 years on the Western Directors Council and National Board, as chair of the Negotiating Committee, multiple terms as various Guild officers including DGA vice president, secretary, and as a member of numerous other DGA committees. The pinnacle of Shea's service came as DGA president from 1997-2002 when he tackled several issues that remain Guild priorities today including runaway production, diversity hiring and building a unified guild led by working members.

Born August 1, 1928 in New York City, NY, John Francis "Jack" Shea, Jr. grew up in Manhattan, attending Regis High School and Fordham University, where he graduated with a BA in History in 1950. That same year, Shea began his television career working as a stage manager at NBC / New York, working on Philco Playhouse, among other programs.

Shea served two years in the US Air Force (1952-54) during the Korean War, stationed in Los Angeles as a television and motion picture director producing educational films. In 1954, within months of his return to NBC, Shea helped his co-workers organize the Radio and Television Directors Guild (RTDG). Within a year, they had achieved a union shop where anyone on the directorial staff could join the new guild for a $50 initiation fee. Subsequently, NBC offered him a job in its Hollywood studio. Shea was one of the few leaders of the relatively small, New York-based RTDG working in Los Angeles and Shea became president of RTDG's Hollywood local in 1958, holding that post until 1960 when the RTDG and the Screen Directors Guild (SDG) merged to form the DGA.

While at NBC in Burbank, Shea made the leap from stage manager to associate director on "The Bob Hope Show." His first directing job came at the age of 27, when he was asked to fill in for an ailing director of the prime-time game show "Truth or Consequences." As a director at NBC, Shea helmed episodes of "The Jerry Lewis Show," "Death Valley Days" and "The Bob Hope Show." He directed ten of Hope's overseas Christmas specials, flying with Hope to locations in Viet Nam, Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Spain and Italy, receiving his first Emmy Award nomination along the way.

After leaving NBC, Shea directed numerous episodes of shows such as "Hawaii 5-0," "The Waltons," "Paper Moon," "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," "Apple's Way" and "Kate McShane." He directed 110 episodes of "The Jeffersons," produced and directed many episodes of "Sanford and Son" and "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" and was series director of "Silver Spoons," "Sister, Sister" and "The Ropers." Shea also directed multiple episodes of "Sunday Dinner," "Growing Pains," "704 Hauser Street," "The Royal Family" and "Designing Women," (for which Shea received a second Emmy nomination), and "Goode Behavior", among many other television series. Shea also directed the motion picture features "Dayton's Devils" and "The Monitors."

Shea also wrote or provided the story for three episodes of "The Jeffersons" and two episodes of "Silver Spoons." Shea also served as producer for 24 episodes of "The Jeffersons," the TV movie "Slither" and for the "Insight" episode "Invincible Weapon."

Shea also had an enduring professional relationship with Fr. Elwood "Bud" Keiser and Hollywood's Paulist Productions, directing and/or producing episodes of the "Insight" television series. Shea was also a frequent collaborator with Hollywood's Family Theater, directing multiple Christmas episodes and receiving the Family Theatre Award. Shea and his wife Patt Shea were honored by the Focolare Movement with their Luminosa in Unity Award for "bringing together producers, directors, writers and actors to convey positive values through their work."

On January 2, 1954, Shea married the former Patricia C. Carmody, who as Patt Shea, is a 3-time Humanitas Award-nominated screen writer whose credits include "All in the Family," story editor and/or writer for 38 episodes of "Archie Bunker's Place," in addition to screenwriter for episodes of "Lou Grant," "Valerie," "Cagney & Lacey," "In The Heat of The Night," "Bagdad Café," and the CBS pilot for "Gloria," Sally Struthers' spin-off from "All In The Family," among many other television series. The couple, who resided in Studio City, CA for over 30 years, had five children, three of whom are currently DGA members* and 1st Assistant Directors*: Shawn Shea*; Elizabeth Shea (now deceased); Bill Shea*; Michael J. Shea* and John Francis ("Jay") Shea III.

Shea is predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth; survivors include Shea's wife of 59 years, Patricia C. "Patt" Shea, four children: Shawn; Bill, Michael and John Francis III; and six grandchildren: Amanda, Michael, Dylan, Hudson Patrick, Katie and Jackson:

Charitable contributions: In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Jack Shea to Regis High School, 55 E. 84th Street, NYC, NY 10028; 212.288.1100.

Funeral Arrangements:
A Catholic Mass of The Resurrection for family, friends and professional acquaintances will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church,11360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Burial will be private. Condolence messages can be left for the Shea Family at http://jackshea.remembered.com/.

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CMA doctors hail Supreme Court mandate ruling, decry ongoing targeting of faith community
Christian Medical Association
June 30, 2014 - 8:02 PDT

Cheering free speech Supreme Court decision
Christian Medical Association
June 26, 2014 - 8:05 PDT

Experience the beauty of Mary of Nazareth
June 26, 2014 - 7:23 PDT

Diocese of Ferns Ireland takes Worldpriest to its heart
Worldpriest
June 25, 2014 - 2:20 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Air Pallium Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
June 24, 2014 - 7:00 PDT

Conference to Stir Up 'The Courage to Be Catholic'
Franciscan University of Steubenville
June 21, 2014 - 10:08 PDT

Simple Woman Powerful Faith
Worldpriest
June 19, 2014 - 6:29 PDT

A fresh look at Fatima
Leonine Publishers
June 14, 2014 - 7:40 PDT

The Promise, Purpose, and Power of the Holy Spirit: Catholic Charismatic Conference 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville
June 13, 2014 - 10:20 PDT

Dedicated Catholics recognized by RENEW International for Outstanding Service
RENEW International
June 11, 2014 - 12:35 PDT

LIVE WEB EVENT WITH PATRICK MADRID
Image Books/Random House
June 10, 2014 - 9:04 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to air Coverage of the USCCB Spring General Assembly
The CatholicTV Network
June 10, 2014 - 8:06 PDT

Walsh University Honors Winners in Catholic Schools Week National Photo Contest
Walsh University
June 09, 2014 - 8:38 PDT

Pope Francis Imparts Apostolic Blessing to Fifth Annual Global Rosary Relay For Priests
Worldpriest
June 06, 2014 - 8:21 PDT

Media Advisory - PBS to air special on Benedictines of Mary's hit album Lent at Ephesus
Carmel Communications
June 02, 2014 - 11:43 PDT

Catholic Organists finally get their own hymn book.
Frog Music Press
May 30, 2014 - 9:47 PDT

Survey Points to Growing Impact of Franciscan University Youth Conferences on Priestly Vocations
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 30, 2014 - 6:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout the U.S. this weekend
May 29, 2014 - 8:35 PDT

RENEW International's Spanish Publication Recognized for Excellence
RENEW International
May 28, 2014 - 8:45 PDT

Scott Hahn's Angels and Saints Blog Tour: May 27 - June 7
Image Books/Random House
May 26, 2014 - 3:41 PDT

Franciscan University Chancellor Honored by Christendom College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:09 PDT

Six Franciscan University Graduates to Enter Seminary, Religious Orders
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:02 PDT

Israel welcome Pope Francis with special stamp sheet
Israel Postal Company
May 22, 2014 - 11:58 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to air coverage of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land
May 20, 2014 - 12:58 PDT

Renowned boys of St. Paul's Choir School ink international recording deal with AimHigher Recordings
May 19, 2014 - 7:12 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Air Ordinations to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston
The CatholicTV Network
May 16, 2014 - 7:55 PDT

Damon Owens to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:54 PDT

The Catholic University of America Baccalaureate Mass to air LIVE on The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:32 PDT

Clean comedy cleans up at box office
May 13, 2014 - 12:59 PDT

Cardinal, Bishop, and EWTN CEO Address the Class of 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 13, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Saint Benedict Press Named Exclusive Publisher for Catholic Scirpture Study International
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
May 12, 2014 - 1:40 PDT

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 12, 2014 - 7:53 PDT

'MOMS' NIGHT OUT' DEBUTS TODAY: MOM-COM FOR THE WHOLE FAM NO. 3 IN TICKET PRE-SALES
Carmel Communications
May 09, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

SoulCore Founders to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 08, 2014 - 11:57 PDT

It's now or never to build a just and humane society
May 08, 2014 - 8:50 PDT

3 Nat'l Catholic Leaders Elected to Nonprofit Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 08, 2014 - 8:46 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
May 07, 2014 - 10:48 PDT

Father Rocky Hoffman to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 06, 2014 - 9:59 PDT

Catholic Novel Wins National Secular Award
Little Flower Strategies
May 05, 2014 - 12:53 PDT

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II
The CatholicTV Network
May 05, 2014 - 9:58 PDT

Nat'l Catholic Leader Frank Hanna Joins Catholic Leadership Inst. Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 02, 2014 - 6:24 PDT

Father Jim Martin to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 01, 2014 - 9:56 PDT

TAN Books Named Exclusive Publisher for Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
April 30, 2014 - 11:31 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Denver and Colorado Springs
April 30, 2014 - 10:39 PDT

What happens when you realize that God's not dead?
April 29, 2014 - 10:20 PDT

CAMPAIGN FOR AWARD-WINNING CATHOLIC DOCUMENTARY LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER
April 28, 2014 - 12:20 PDT

World Apostolate of Fatima Co-Hosting Marian Eucharistic Conference
April 28, 2014 - 4:31 PDT

Veritas Conference Champions Authentic Religious Freedom
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 26, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

Walsh University Hosts Spring Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, May 4 Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love to Keyn
Walsh University
April 24, 2014 - 9:38 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in San Francisco
April 24, 2014 - 7:22 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout South Carolina
April 24, 2014 - 7:19 PDT

Franciscan University Solidifies Ties With Historic Landmark- Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 23, 2014 - 7:26 PDT

FOUR PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA TITLES AMONG ACP AWARD FINALISTS
Pauline Books & Media
April 22, 2014 - 2:14 PDT

Picking Up Where John Paul II Left Off
Saint Luke Productions
April 22, 2014 - 11:12 PDT

Concert Series Concludes with Let's Sing!
April 22, 2014 - 6:14 PDT

Saint Faustina Drama Comes to Historic Baltimore Church
April 21, 2014 - 7:18 PDT

Massive Online Open Seminar on Women Deacons June 9-July 8, 2014
Hofstra University
April 20, 2014 - 8:27 PDT

Irish Indie Chart Topper for Good Friday 2014
One By One Ministries
April 17, 2014 - 3:06 PDT

Dr. Ben Carson Praises Vitae's 'Compassionate' Efforts
Vitae Foundation
April 17, 2014 - 1:28 PDT

Akron General Hosptial namesWalsh University Student is 2014 Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year
Walsh University
April 17, 2014 - 6:58 PDT

'Life as a Sister'--A Unique Website Goes Live
Sisters of Bon Secours
April 16, 2014 - 1:21 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Provide Canonization Coverage
The CatholicTV Network
April 16, 2014 - 8:18 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Montana
April 15, 2014 - 10:47 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in South Dakota
April 15, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Oklahoma
April 15, 2014 - 10:44 PDT

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