Episodic Directors Attend Orientation Courses on Professional Standards

1st Time Episodic Directors Course August 2019

May 18, 2019

In 2017, the DGA held its inaugural Orientation Course on Professional Standards for Episodic Television Directors.  The orientation was codified in the 2017 Basic Agreement to support first-time episodic television directors by providing training for them on the role, responsibilities and obligations of directors. Since the launch of the program in July of 2017, the Guild has conducted these courses at Guild Headquarters in Los Angeles and New York with instructors including: DGA Past President Paris Barclay (Pitch, Sons of Anarchy), Past National Vice President Vincent Misiano (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bull), First Vice President Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Ray Donovan), Directors Rebecca Asher (American Housewife, Grace and Frankie), Daniel Attias (Homeland, Snowfall), Mary Lou Belli (NCIS: New Orleans, Devious Maids), Brad Buecker (American Horror Story, 9-1-1), Mark Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon), Anton Cropper (Black-ish, Suits), Roxann Dawson (The Americans, The Chi), Kevin Dowling (The Americans, The Strain), Nelson McCormick (Homeland, Prison Break), Martha Mitchell (Blindspot, Chicago Justice), Matthew Penn (Big Dogs, Queen of the South), Michael Pressman (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Med), Michael Robin (Major Crimes, Valor), David Rodriguez (Animal Kingdom, Power), Bethany Rooney (Criminal Minds, MacGyver), Daniel Sackheim (True Detective, Game of Thrones), Fred Savage (Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat), Michael Spiller (The Mindy Project, Black-ish), Eric Stoltz (Madam Secretary, How to Get Away with Murder), Mark Tinker (Private Practice, Chicago P.D.) Tom Verica (For the People, Scandal),  Ken Whittingham (Grace and Frankie, Life in Pieces) and Andy Wolk (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Unforgettable).

In each course, the participants also learned about the standards of the craft, their creative rights as directors, the Guild resources that are available to them, and are instructed about the best practices of some of the top directors working today in order to provide them with an outline of a comprehensive set of requirements needed to succeed.