Beth McCarthy-Miller

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

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.


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. She worked for The Week in Rock and later The Jon Stewart Show.

She was the director of NBC's Saturday Night Live for eleven years. She left SNL in 2006 at the end of season 31, replaced as director by Don Roy King. 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.


  • 30 Rock
  • Abby's
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Bob Hearts Abishola
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Californication
  • The Colin Quinn Show
  • Community
  • Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
  • Go On
  • The Good Place
  • Great News
  • Important Things with Demetri Martin
  • In the Motherhood
  • The Jon Stewart Show
  • Shania Twain: Up! Live in Chicago
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Kids' Choice Awards
  • Happy Endings
  • House of Lies
  • The Kominsky Method
  • LA to Vegas
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Mad Love
  • Man Up!
  • The Marriage Ref
  • Marry Me
  • Match Game (2016 version)
  • The Maya Rudolph Show
  • The Mindy Project
  • Modern Family
  • Mr. Sunshine
  • MTV Unplugged
  • 1996–1999, 2001–2003, 2005 MTV Video Music Awards
  • Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education
  • Nirvana: Live And Loud
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Parks and Recreation
  • People Magazine Awards
  • Samantha Who?
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Sound of Music Live!
  • Super Bowl 35 & 38 half-time shows
  • Taina
  • Trophy Wife
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Up All Night
  • Veep
  • Work It
  • Young Sheldon


  • Primetime Emmy Award, nominee 10 times