DGA Statement on Warner Bros. Discovery’s Decision to Dismantle the TV Directors’ Workshop Program

Directors Guild of America

October 12, 2022

Los Angeles- The DGA announced today its commitment to fight against Warner Bros. Discovery’s decision to dismantle its TV Directors’ development program. The DGA will not stand idly by while WB/Discovery seeks to roll back decades of advancement for women and Directors of color. This important program, mandated by the DGA collective bargaining agreement, seeks to promote inclusive hiring practices for diversified talent and concludes with program participants provided an opportunity to direct an episode of TV.  The program, and others like it, is essential to establish an inclusive directorial workforce in the entertainment industry.

This program was established as the result of the Guild’s decades of work to pressure the Studios to diversify their hiring practices. The WB directing program, run in collaboration with veteran Directors Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli, has been exceptionally successful in mobilizing inclusive talent with new stories to tell. The industry has greatly benefited from the successful alumni of these workshops including Directors Regina King, Jude Weng, Laura Belsey, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Stacey Black, and Nina Lopez-Corrado, among many others. It is unconscionable that proven efforts to diversify our industry are so quickly and cavalierly sacrificed. 

We have been in contact with WB and have received their commitment to work with us to remedy this important matter.  We will do everything in our power to make sure they do so.

DGA Communications Department (310) 289-5333