Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has officially announced the launch of its 2016 Diverse Directors Program. The annual initiative, which is in its third year, is part of SPT’s commitment to providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds. Applications will be accepted from now until July 11th.
“We are proud to be entering the third year of this impactful program which underscores Sony Pictures’ efforts to create a diverse workforce, and promotes the benefits of an inclusive creative community. The program also provides Sony Pictures Television with a pipeline of behind the camera talent that reflects the diverse and global nature of its audience.” – Paul Martin, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Diverse Directors Program finalists will have the opportunity to work closely with established television directors on episodes of various hour and half-hour scripted SPT series.
“By providing diverse talent access to the mainstream creative process, the Diverse Directors Program offers an invaluable training ground for participating directors. We look forward to adding talent unique in voice and fresh in perspective to our series and providing promising directors creative enrichment.: – Kim Rozenfeld, EVP Scripted Television, Sony Pictures Television
There will be 15 semi-finalists, selected from the estimated 400 applicants, who will participate in the Diverse Directors Program’s intensive episodic directing workshop consisting of six evenings of discussion and instruction from working directors, production personnel and entertainment professionals. Approximately five finalists will then be chosen and invited to shadow television directors on various SPT series.
Last year’s program finalists worked on SPT series including Dr. Ken, Night Shift, Powers, The Goldbergs, The Get Down and The Blacklist.
Interested applicants should apply HERE. Applications will no longer be accepted after July 11th.