Warner Bros TV has opened the application process for the 2016 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop. Launched in 2014, the program is designed to give aspiring and diverse directors the chance to break into primetime TV.
The WBTV Directors’ Workshop aims to prepare directors from other disciplines — feature films, music video, commercials — for the transition to episodic TV, as well as to seek out new diverse voices from within the creative community, with a goal of providing increased opportunities to women and ethnic minority helmers.
Built around a 12-week Master Class taught by veteran TV helmer Bethany Rooney and featuring current industry professionals as guest speakers, the 2016 workshop will run from May to August, with weekly meetings each Saturday on the Warner Bros Studios lot in Burbank. Each session will teach a new skill essential for excelling through pre-production, shooting and post-production. Additional optional components include cinematography workshops, acting classes and the opportunity to shadow directors on an episode of a WBTV show.
Prior participants in the Directors’ Workshop include Zetna Fuentes, who went on to direct episodes of Pretty Little Liars and iZombie; Antonio Negret, who subsequently helmed episodes of Arrow, The Flash and the new DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; and Richard Speight Jr., who made his episodic directing debut on Supernatural this season.