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 initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career Directors across the US. Their goal is to identify innovative visionaries with diverse points of view and give them a front row seat to Apple Studios productions and opportunities to network. Successful participants will be positioned to direct content for Apple TV+.

Disney Entertainment Television Directing Program

The Disney Entertainment Television Directing Program is a one-year program for diverse television Directors. The program provides mentorship from working television Directors; limited professional development; access and exposure to Disney’s creative executives, producers, and program alumni; on-site shadowing experience, and guarantees episodes to first-time television Directors on DET scripted and unscripted television series.

NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program

The NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program is NBCU’s groundbreaking scripted directing program created with the goal to increase authentic storytelling by providing opportunities for experienced Directors who have distinct points of view that inform their creative vision. The program builds on the company’s success as the first episodic directing initiative in the entertainment industry to guarantee that participants will helm at least one episode in the same season that they shadow.  Each participant shadows on up to two episodes of an NBCU scripted series before directing an in-season episode of the same series.

Netflix Series Director Development Program

The Series Director Development Program provides greater access to opportunities for up-and-coming Directors.  The Program will offer a master class designed to teach the fundamental skills in episodic directing.

Paramount Directing Initiative

The Paramount Directing Initiative selects directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with Directors of CBS Television Network, CBS Studio and Paramount Television Studios 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.

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.

WBD Access Directors Program

Formerly known as the Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop, the 2023 Warner Bros. Discovery Access Directors Program provides Directors a pathway into the episodic television directing space through immersive hands-on training, mentorship and industry workshops.


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.