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McCarthy-Miller loved music from an early age. She worked as a DJ during her time in college at the University of Maryland. She majored in radio, television and film and planned to go into news. McCarthy-Miller took an internship at CNN but decided hard news was not for her. Her brother recommended she intern for MTV, which she did after graduating from Maryland.
McCarthy-Miller worked her way up through MTV, taking various jobs including line producer's assistant and assistant director. Eventually she began directing for the network and landed on the show 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 started out as an intern at MTV, then worked as an assistant to the line producer and then 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 currently works through her own companies, Catalyst Entertainment and McBeth Productions as a director and producer.
- 30 Rock
- America: A Tribute to Heroes
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Colin Quinn Show
- Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
- Go On
- 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
- 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
- Trophy Wife
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Up All Night
- Work It
- Great News
- Primetime Emmy Award, nominee 10 times
- Daytime Emmy Award, nominee 2008
- Cable ACE Awards
- Directors Guild of America Award, winner 3 of 10 nominations
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- Beth McCarthy-Miller at the Internet Movie Database
- Wake Forest University profile: Beth McCarthy
- Beth McCarthy-Miller interview video at the Archive of American Television
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