WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP’S DIRECTORS’ WORKSHOP OPENS SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR 2017 PROGRAM
(January 25, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Continuing its commitment to help train the next generation of television directors, provide opportunities to new and innovative talent, and further establish an inclusive and diverse creative environment for its TV shows, Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) has opened its submission process for the 2017 Television Directors’ Workshop. The WBTVG Directors’ Workshop was established in 2014 with a mandate to prepare directors from other creative fields (motion pictures, commercials, music videos, shortform video, etc.) for the transition to TV, and to provide increased opportunities to female directors and helmers from ethnic minority groups. Since 2014, nearly 30 women and people of color have launched or furthered their TV careers via the Directors’ Workshop, with 100% of the Class of 2016 landing directing jobs on Warner Bros.–produced television series.Applications for the 2017 Directors’ Workshop — including a resume, short composition, letters of recommendation and link to a directing portfolio — can be submitted from now through February 16, 2017. More info about eligibility requirements and the submission process can be found at http://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com.
- • Through its first three years of existence, the WBTVG Directors’ Workshop has helped to launch or further the television directing careers of 31 graduates, 28 of whom are women and/or people of color.
• In 2016, 100% of the eight graduating directors were booked to direct episodes of Warner Bros.–produced TV series, with shows including Warner Bros. Television’s “Arrow,” “Blindspot,” “The Flash,” “Lucifer” and “Major Crimes,” as well as Warner Horizon Television’s “Pretty Little Liars.”
• Also in 2016, the WBTVG Directors’ Workshop partnered with Warner Horizon Television, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and OWN to support six first-time episodic directors as part of DuVernay’s landmark initiative to create an all-female directorial team for the acclaimed hit drama series “Queen Sugar,” which was renewed for a second season before its first had even premiered.
• Additional current series that have booked graduates from the Directors’ Workshop since 2014 include “The 100,” “Gotham,” “iZOMBIE,” “The Middle” and “Supernatural,” among many others.
The eight-week WBTVG Directors’ Workshop course is taught by esteemed director Bethany Rooney, who has directed more than 300 episodes of network television. The Master Class features guest speakers currently working in television, including an eclectic mix of showrunners, directors, cinematographers and editors. Each session will teach a new skill essential for excelling in pre-production, shooting and post-production. The workshop will also have optional components, with participation determined by each director’s skill set, including cinematography, acting and shadowing.
In addition to the Directors’ Workshop, WBTVG operates the annual Television Writers’ Workshop, which has been the premier program for aspiring TV writers for more than 30 years, with successful alumni including Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives”), Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”), Felicia Henderson (“Soul Food”) and many more.
Prospective Helmers Can Submit Applications at http://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com