Beth McCarthy Miller
Beth McCarthy Miller is a TV director best known for her long run as staff director on Saturday Night Live, although she has also directed several notable specials, including the post-9/11 tribute America: A Tribute to Heroes.
Born in 1963, Beth McCarthy was the youngest of nine children. She attended the University of Maryland, where she studied a double major of film, television and radio and politics and government. During her freshman year, her father, who had been involved in her schooling and joked she was a communications major, passed away. At UMD, McCarthy worked for both college radio stations and the television station. She knew she wanted to work in broadcasting, but at first she intended to be involved with news. However, an internship at CNN made her realize the news industry was not for her, and she began to seek entertainment-related work.
Her first job in that field was an internship at the then-fledgling basic cable network MTV. She worked her way up from intern in the acquisitions department to associate director and associate producer in just two years. MTV was just beginning to air original programming, and McCarthy was one of its first crew members on such shows as Unplugged and Remote Control. In 1988, a position opened up as full producer for the network, and McCarthy was tempted to accept it, but a director suggested she wait for a directing job. When opened up six months later, she became a full-fledged director.
In 1993, McCarthy was offered the chance to direct the pilot for a new talk show starring an up-and-coming comedian. She accepted and became staff director for The Jon Stewart Show, which also began her life-long friendship with host Jon Stewart. When The John Stewart Show left MTV for syndication, she ended her nine-year career with the network to continue to work with Stewart's show.
In 1995, The Jon Stewart Show was cancelled, but McCarthy was not without work for long. She soon received offers as staff director from two shows: Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. She accepted the SNL gig, where she replaced Dave Wilson, who had directed the show for its first twenty seasons. McCarthy took over with the twenty-first season, and she, too, would have a long run, all the way through its thirty-first season.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 caused an outpouring of sympathy and support from the international community and the entertainment industry. On September 21, McCarthy directed the star-studded, award-winning tribute special America: A Tribute to Heroes, which aired on all four broadcast networks—ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX—as well as several cable networks.
In early 2002, McCarthy was married, and the former Beth McCarthy became Beth McCarthy Miller. Four years later, she left SNL. She lives in New York, New York and continues to direct the occasional special.
|The Jon Stewart Show||1993 –1995||Director||1||2|
|Saturday Night Live||1995 –2006||Director||21||22||23||24||25||26||27||28||29||30||31|
|The Colin Quinn Show||2002||Director||1|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||1x01 - Show 1||June 10, 1996|
Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Directed
Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Produced
|MTV Video Music Awards 2003||Supervising Producer||August 28, 2003||MTV Video Music Awards|
Awards and Accolades
- Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program (1998-99)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program (1999-2000)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2001-02)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2002-03)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2005-06)
DGA TV Awards
(4 Nominations/2 Wins)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety (1999)
- Won: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety (2000)
- Won: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety (2001)
- Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety (2003)