NBC has created a director training program for directors interested in working on unscripted series. The new Alternative Directors Program is designed to increase representation behind the camera in unscripted programming and is geared towards female and ethnically diverse talent with at least one directing credit to their name.

The program will help develop new talent behind the camera on alternative series both on NBC as well as shows produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, and will give five directors the opportunity to shadow over several weeks on NBC and Universal Television Alternative Studios unscripted series including prep, production, and post. Participating shows for the program’s inaugural year include America’s Got Talent, Hollywood Game Night, The Voice, The Wall, and World of Dance.

Karen Horne, NBC’s Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion,  oversees the company’s  onscreen and behind-the-camera diversity efforts. “NBC has always led the way in broadcasting an inclusive view of our world from airing the first African-American woman on television in 1939 to the first interracial kiss on ‘Star Trek,’” said Horne. “Our hope is that the Alternative Directors Program will follow in the tradition of our long standing scripted tent pole initiatives by creating a wider breadth of representation of people from different backgrounds in unscripted programming.”

Eligible directors can apply for the program’s initial 2018-19 season at NBCUniTIPS.com. The submission deadline is Friday, June 29.



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