NBC has officially launched “Female Forward,” an initiative focusing on emerging female directors that aims to increase the number of female television directors. The initiative will be lead by NBC President Jennifer Salke who will work alongside an advisory council filled with industry veterans (see names below).


“We already have some great initiatives in place for female and diverse directors. However, it’s clear our industry needs to take it to the next level,” Salke said in a statement via NBC.  “It’s incredibly exciting to know that we will add 10 working females a year to the currently very unbalanced pool of working television directors. The guaranteed commitment to helm an episode, coupled with our incredible council of mentors, will make such a meaningful difference in reaching our goals to create gender parity in the director’s chair.”

NBC’s SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, Karen Horne added, “I am confident that ‘Female Forward’ will follow in the tradition of our legacy talent pipeline programs that, over the past two decades, have made a significant impact on diversity in front and behind the camera.  Our hope is that the impact of ‘Female Forward’ is felt past the director’s chair and creates a ripple effect on other behind-the-camera roles where we’re still struggling to see gender parity.”

All candidates should have directing experience in their respective fields, including, but not limited to, feature films, music videos, commercials, digital content, and theater.  An applicant can have no more than one scripted television directing credit to remain eligible.  As part of the program, 10 women will shadow a director for up to three episodes of an NBC series and receive a chance to direct at least one episode of that series.

The 2018-19 “Female Forward” Council Includes:

Norberto Barba (Mayans MC), Ruben Fleischer (Superstore), Liz Friedlander (Conviction), Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother), Nisha Ganatra (Transparent), Peter Horton (Electric Dreams), Gail Mancuso (Modern Family), Ken Olin (This Is Us), Julie Anne Robinson (Castle Rock), Millicent Shelton (Marvel’s Runaways) and Michael Spiller (Champions). As a partner in the program, Glatter will chair the council drawing from her years of experience both as a prolific director and a longtime mentor to other women in the field.

Applications are being accepted now.  For information on how to apply check out the website HERE.




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