Sony Pictures TV is starting a “Diverse Directors Program,” which will allow emerging talent to shadow established TV directors on scripted projects from the studio, reports Deadline.com.
Submissions will be accepted from May 23-June 6, or until the program receives 500 applications. Applicants are asked to submit one completed example of a directing project, letters of recommendation and an interview.
“Twenty semi-finalists will take part in an episodic directing workshop and attend networking events. The workshop will begin in June on Sony’s Culver City lot, and the curriculum will consist of six evenings of discussion and instruction from working directors and production personnel,” the story notes.
Three finalists will shadow TV directors and receive a weekly stipend.
“Diversity on all levels is a central focus to many of our programs, and we fully believe that the Diverse Directors Program will not only provide access and experience to a diverse group of potential directors but will also become a key component of Sony Pictures’ business strategy,” said Paul Martin, senior vice president and Chief Diversity Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment.