Warner Bros.' TV Directors' Workshop Now Accepting 2017 Submissions

The eight-week program helps new helmers break into primetime television.

Warner Bros. is on the hunt for promising new directors.

The studio's television arm is gearing up for the fourth year of its Directors' Workshop, which looks to train the next generation of television helmers. Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) has now opened the 2017 submission process. To apply, the eligible candidates must submit a résumé, short composition, letters of recommendation and link to a directing portfolio by Feb. 16. 

The eight-week-long course is taught by director and author Bethany Rooney, who has helmed more than 200 episodes of network television. The "master class" that the program is built around features guest speakers currently working in TV — an eclectic mix of showrunners, directors, cinematographers and editors. Each session teaches a new skill essential in preproduction, shooting and postproduction — with the option to shadow certain directors as well.

The initiative was launched in 2014 with the intent to prepare directors from other creative fields (film, commercials, music videos, shortform video, etc.) for the transition to TV, and also to provide more opportunities for female and nonwhite directors. Over the past four years, nearly 30 women and people of color have furthered their TV careers via the workshop. In fact, one-hundred percent of last year's graduating class landed directing jobs on Warner Bros.–produced shows, including Arrow, Blindspot, The Flash, Lucifer and Major Crimes.

In 2016, the program also partnered with Warner Horizon Television, Ava DuVernay and OWN to support the six first-time episodic directors who helmed Queen Sugar. Among the other current series that have booked Directors’ Workshop grads since 2014: The 100, Gotham, iZOMBIE, The Middle and Supernatural.

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