The DGA aims to increase and support diversity in the entertainment community through membership committees, networking opportunities and job training and mentoring programs. The Guild also regularly tracks and calls attention to the employment of women and minority directors on primetime drama and comedy television series. Information about the Guild’s diversity efforts, programs and reports can be found on this page and in other sections of the DGA website. Links to these items are posted below.



Diversity FAQ

For answers to frequently asked questions about the DGA's diversity efforts, CLICK HERE.



DGA Director Development Initiative

A new Diversity program for DGA members
The DGA Director Development Initiative is a new Diversity program focused on education, networking, and career development through career and craft workshops and a curriculum-based speaker series.

For more information about the DGA Director Development Initiative: CLICK HERE



Diversity Committees

Several Guild committees are dedicated to building communities within the Guild of those who are members of ethnic or gender groups that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry. Each of these committees works to increase diversity in the industry through meetings, seminars, networking, training and events hosted at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles and New York. For information about each Committee, click the links below.

DGA African American Committee The African American Steering Committee (AASC) was born of a desire to address the specific needs of the African-American members of the Directors Guild. One of the primary goals of the Committee is to establish a productive line of communication between African-American members and the creative community. The Committee meets monthly to plan events throughout the year celebrating the achievements of African-Americans, as well as forums with industry executives to proactively address what can be done to hire more African-Americans.
DGA Asian American Committee The Asian American Committee (AAC) was created as a networking group to provide a forum for interests and issues that concern Asian-American Guild members. Through outreach efforts in the entertainment industry that emphasize career development and skills enhancement, the committee provides a variety of networking opportunities as well as screenings, seminars and discussions with industry professionals.
DGA African American Committee The Eastern Diversity Steering Committee (EDSC) represents the concerns of Guild members of African, Asian, Native American, Arab-Middle Eastern or Latino descent residing in the East. Committed to improving the employment opportunities, working conditions and the skills of ethnically diverse Guild members, the EDSC sponsors workshops, seminars, round-table discussions and networking events to showcase the talents of its members, recognize their contributions, and increase their visibility in the industry.
DGA Latino Committee The Latino Committee (LC) was created as a networking group to advance career and job opportunities for Latino DGA members by improving craft skills, networking, and enhance their job opportunities in both the English and Spanish-speaking media. The Committee meets monthly and schedules several special events throughout the year.
DGA Women's Steering Committee The Women's Steering Committee (WSC) promotes diversity through sponsoring networking events, screenings and seminars. The Committee fosters relationships between the members to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities. All women members of the Guild are invited to attend WSC meetings and events and to share in the benefits that come from cooperative activity.

Fellowship Programs            

CBS Directing Initiative

The CBS Directing Initiative selects directing candidates for episodic network television and matches them with directors of CBS Television Network drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television. Must be a DGA member to participate.

Disney/ABC Directing Program

Launched in 2001, the Disney/ABC Directing Program focuses on increasing the number of episodic directing opportunities on ABC series for women and minorities and is one of the longest running programs of its kind in the entertainment industry. The Los Angeles-based program affords selected participants the opportunity to shadow veteran episodic directors. Participants will be paid $1,000 per week to shadow a DGA director on an episode from prep to post. The duration of the individual’s participation is at the discretion of ABC executives, executive producers and/or episodic directors.

  • The submission period for the Directing Program opens the first Monday in October of odd calendar years and closes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. When the submission period is open, applications are available on the Disney/ABC Directing Program website.

Fox Global Directors Initiative

The Fox Global Directors Initiative (FDI), established in July 2014, will bring 20 selected participants to Fox Studios in Los Angeles, CA to take part in a four-to-six week directors lab, where they will attend interactive lab sessions with showrunners, directors, and creative executives from various Fox productions. Out of the 20 participants, five will then be invited to become FDI Fellows and will receive a mentor within the Fox organization, a fellowship stipend, a grant to develop and direct a three to five minute short, and the opportunity to be considered for a deal with a Fox entertainment business.

FDI is by nomination only. Nominations can be made by agencies, management companies, and a select number of organizations.

HBOAccess Program

HBOAccess is a program that provides project development, mentorship, and master classes to diverse directors. Selected candidates will be paired with an HBO development executive who will serve as his/her mentor throughout a four-week session in June, and HBO will provide a series of Master Classes taught by HBO executives and creative talent.  At the end of the four-week session, filmmakers will be given a budget to create short form content for HBO to be shot in late summer.

Upon completion of the development process, each project will be considered for production as a 10-15 minute film or a series of webisodes to air on various HBO platforms including, but not limited to HBOGo, HBO service, HBO’s Youtube channel, HBO.com, film festivals, charity screenings, and other outlets.  

  • For application and more information, visit the HBOAccess website.    

NBC Universal Directing Fellowship

The NBC Universal Directing Fellowship program is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials and/or music videos) and have them work alongside episodic television directors. While in the program, directors are assigned to shadow up to three episodes of one (or more) NBCU scripted show from production prep to post. The director is responsible for working alongside the show's director(s) in every aspect of a director's responsibilities. 

Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program

The SPT Diverse Directors Program, established in May 2014, will bring 20 semi-finalists to the Sony Lot in Culver City, CA to take part in an intensive episodic directing workshop and attend networking events with industry professionals.  Three finalists will then be invited to shadow episodic directors on various series and will be provided a weekly stipend when actively shadowing.  Participants may be invited back to direct an episode of a scripted SPT series the following season.

Viacom Media Networks Spectrum Director Development Program

The Viacom Media Networks Spectrum Director Development Program was established in June 2014, will select up to 12 participants to shadow DGA directors on dramatic and non-dramatic series during a one-year period. A maximum of four participants will be selected for the episodic director shadowing program and a maximum of eight participants will be selected for the non-dramatic director shadowing program. The VMN Spectrum Director Diversity Program will take place in various cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Nashville among others. At completion of the program, participants may be offered the opportunity to direct an episode/program or related ancillary content produced by Viacom Music Group.

Warner Bros. Director Workshop

The Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop is designed to give aspiring and diverse directors the chance to break into primetime TV. Launched in 2014, the workshop aims to prepare directors from other disciplines — feature films, music video, commercials — for the transition to episodic TV.  A 12-week master class teaches the skills essential for excelling through pre-production, shooting, and post-production. Additional optional components include cinematography workshops, acting classes and the opportunity to shadow directors on an episode of a WBTV show.




Student Film Awards 

2011 DGA Student Film AwardsThe Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Women Filmmakers are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students. Over 40 film schools from around the country participate in the program. The DGA Student Film Award brings a prize of $2,500 from the DGA to the winner in each group and a product grant of 2,000 feet of 16mm film provided by Kodak's Worldwide Student Film Program. Applications are distributed to schools in the spring, with the Awards ceremony scheduled each fall. For additional information and an entry form, please contact film school department heads or write to: DGA Student Film Awards, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046. You may also call (310) 289-2057 or e-mail Ruby Sindher, Special Events Coordinator at rsindher@dga.org. Click the link above to view past winners of the DGA Student Film Awards. 

DGA Diversity Award  

The DGA Diversity Award honors outstanding commitment to and leadership in the hiring of women and ethnic minorities in DGA categories. It has been bestowed only five times in DGA history:

  • 2014 - Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, Shondaland
  • 2005 - Stephen McPherson, ABC Primetime Entertainment President
  • 2000 - Home Box Office
  • 1999 - Steven Bochco
  • 1997 - Bruce Paltrow, John Wells & Christopher Chulack (ER)

Frank Bennett Gonzalez
Executive in Charge of Diversity Programs
and Committees
Kristen Marston
Administrative Assistant
Performance: Catching Lightning in a Bottle

See video and photos from this DGA Director Development Initiative event featuring Directors Lee Shallat Chemel (The Middle), Hanelle Culpepper (Criminal Minds), Scott Ellis (Dr. Ken), Rodrigo García (Bull), Laura Innes (How to Get Away with Murder), and moderated by DGA Diversity Task Force Co-Chair Todd Holland (The Real O'Neals).

DGA Executive Frank Bennett Gonzalez Takes On Expanded Diversity Role

DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth announced that Guild executive Frank Bennett Gonzalez has been named Executive in Charge of Diversity Programs and Committees.

DGA Supports NY State Diversity Legislation

The DGA has worked closely with the WGAE to introduce and support a NY State bill which encourages diverse hiring and addresses the industry’s broken pipeline.

Unstuck: Get the Job & Get Asked Back

See photos from this DGA Director Development Initiative workshop with Directors Miguel Arteta (Getting On), Norberto Barba (Grimm), Laura Belsey (Criminal Minds), Roxann Dawson (Bates Motel), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Rob Greenlea (Madam Secretary), Michael M. Robin (Major Crimes), and Oz Scott (Gotham); with Anne Damato from RAIN Management and Jacquie Katz from CAA. The event was moderated by Diversity Task Force Co-Chair Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals).

Director Development Initiative Event - Storytelling: What’s the Story?

See video and photos from this DGA Director Development Initiative event featuring Roxann Dawson (Bates Motel), Anthony Hemingway (American Crime Story), Bethany Rooney (Criminal Minds), Nicole Rubio (Grey’s Anatomy), Kenya Barris (Black-ish), and Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), and moderated by Alan Poul (The Newsroom).

Sneak Peek: Episodic TV Director Diversity Report

A preview of the DGA's report finds that hiring of women and ethnic minority episodic television directors showed a slight improvement.

Building a Bridge for the Future: A 2016 Mixer for the Director's Team

The Diversity Committees of the DGA and hosted a mixer for director’s team members; providing the opportunity to meet with Producers, UPMs and Production Executives with hiring authority.

Making It Happen: Accountability and Opportunity

See video and photos from a DGA Director Development Initiative Event.

DGA Publishes Inaugural Feature Film Diversity Report

Two-Year Study Reveals: Women Account For Only 6.4% of Film Directors – Dropping to Just 3% for Major Box Office Titles

DGA Issues Episodic TV Director Diversity Report

Report finds that employer hiring of women directors showed modest improvement in 2014-2015; women and minorities continue to be excluded among first-time episodic directors.

DGA Study Shows Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level

The DGA issued the results of a five-year analysis of the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors in episodic television.

The Good Fight

Over the past 30 years, Guild diversity committees have advanced the cause of women and minority members.