Warner Bros.' TV Directors' Workshop Now Accepting 2016 Submissions

The 12-week program aims to give diverse directors a chance to break into primetime television.

Attention aspiring directors: Submissions for Warner Bros. Television's 2016 Directors' Workshop are now open.

Launched in 2014, the program gives aspiring and diverse helmers a chance to break into primetime television. The workshop aims to help directors in other disciplines (feature films, music video, commercials, etc.) transition to episodic TV, with a specific focus on increasing opportunities for women and ethnic minorities.

The 12-week program is built around a “master class” taught by director and author Bethany Rooney, with current industry professionals visiting as guest speakers. It runs from May to August, and consists of weekly meetings each Saturday on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, each of which will teach a new skill related to pre-production, shooting and post-production. There’s also some optional components, like a cinematography workshop, acting classes and the opportunity to shadow directors on an episode of a Warner Bros. show.

Directors’ Workshop alumni include Zetna Fuentes, who went on to direct episodes of Pretty Little Liars and iZombie; Antonio Negret, who subsequently helmed episodes of Arrow, The Flash and the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; and Richard Speight, Jr., who made his episodic directing debut on Supernatural this season.

Applications for the 2016 session run from now through Thursday, Feb. 11, and require a current résumé, short composition, letters of recommendation and a link to samples of past work. Click here for more information about the program, eligibility and the submission process.

The Directors’ Workshop was launched two years ago, following in the footsteps of the WBTV’s Writers’ Workshop, which has helped aspiring writers further their TV careers for more than 30 years. Among those who have participated in the Writers’ Workshop: Terence Winter (Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food). 

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