Television Director Development Programs

Information about, and links to, television studio Director development programs focused on diversity.

(Schedules and application periods are administered by the studios and are subject to change.)

Apple Studios Directors Program

The Apple Studios Directors Program is an inclusive initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career directors across the US. Our goal is to identify innovative and diverse visionaries and give them a front row seat to Apple Studios productions and opportunities to network.

Paramount Directing Initiative

The Paramount Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network and Studio drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television and create meaningful connections with producers and executives.

Disney Entertainment Content Directing Program

The Disney Entertainment Directing Program is a highly selective, annual TV initiative that guarantees episodes to first-time TV directors on DGE’s scripted series. In addition to being guaranteed an episode on their assigned series, Program Directors receive professional development, mentorship, shadowing opportunities, and access to the company’s creative executives, producers, showrunners, and program alumni.

NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program | Female Forward

The combined NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program | Female Forward is NBCU’s groundbreaking scripted directing program created with the goal to systemically increase the number of experienced directors of underrepresented backgrounds in episodic television.

Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program

The Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Diverse Directors Program provides access and exposure for highly qualified candidates from underrepresented communities to the art and business of episodic television directing.

Warner Bros. Discovery Access Directors Program

Formerly known as the Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop, the 2023 Warner Brothers Discovery Access Directors Program will select directors to shadow on up to two episodes of a WBD show then direct an episode later in the same season.

Mayra Ocampo
Assistant Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion
(310) 289-2006
DGA Statement on Warner Bros. Discovery’s Decision to Dismantle the TV Directors’ Workshop Program
A Look at the Commercial Diversity Development Program

The Program reflects the commitment of the DGA and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers to effect change and increase the representation of minority and women directors in the business of commercials.

Television Director Diversity Panel at the DGA

Representatives from the studios spoke about their respective Television Director Diversity programs at this DGA-sponsored event.

DGA Television Diversity Director Program Welcome Workshop

Television Diversity Director Program participants get practical information about the world of episodic TV directing at this workshop.