Beth McCarthy-Miller
Born (1963-09-03) September 3, 1963 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
OccupationTelevision director
Known forSaturday Night Live

Beth McCarthy-Miller (born September 3, 1963) is an American television director.[1] Shows she has directed include Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.[2]

Early life

McCarthy-Miller was born on September 3, 1963, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She attended the University of Maryland, where she was a DJ and majored in radio, television and film. While in college she interned at CNN and MTV.[3]


McCarthy-Miller worked as a line producer's assistant and assistant director at MTV and began directing in 1988. During her nine years with MTV, she worked on MTV Unplugged with Nirvana, Neil Young, Elton John, Tony Bennett, and k.d. lang.[4] She worked for The Week in Rock and later The Jon Stewart Show.[3]

She was the director of NBC's Saturday Night Live for eleven years.[5] She left SNL in 2006 at the end of season 31, replaced as director by Don Roy King.[6] She became a director for Viacom's MTV again in 2003 when she directed the MTV Video Music Awards.

She currently works through her own companies, Catalyst Entertainment and McBeth Productions as a director and producer.[citation needed]


Awards and nominations

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Award Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 Saturday Night Live Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Nominated [7]
2000 Nominated
2002 America: A Tribute to Heroes Nominated
2003 Saturday Night Live Nominated
2006 Nominated
2009 30 Rock Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 The Sound of Music Live! Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special Nominated
2016 Adele Live in New York City Nominated
2020 The Kominsky Method Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated


  1. ^ "Beth McCarthy Miller Television Director, Producer". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 22, 2017). "'SNL' Vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Melissa McCarthy's Fox Pilot 'Amy's Brother' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Harrington, Amy. "Foundation Archive: Beth McCarthy-Miller". Television Academy. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Barrett, Pam. ""SNL" director Beth McCarthy Miller to speak at WFU". Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed May 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Saturday Night Live". IMDB.
  7. ^ "Beth McCarthy-Miller | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
Preceded byDave Wilson Saturday Night Live director 1995–2006 Succeeded byDon Roy King