In a move to bolster its diversity efforts, the Directors Guild of America has expanded the duties of Frank Bennett Gonzalez, the union’s executive in charge of diversity programs and committees.
“Frank’s commitment to increasing diversity in DGA-covered categories has been a valuable asset to our Guild,” said DGA national executive director Jay Roth. “And that benefit will continue to grow as he steps into this expanded role designed to strengthen the diversity programs and resources available to our membership.”
One of his new duties will be to manage a director mentorship program that the guild plans to launch in the near future. He currently oversees the DGA’s expanded diversity programs including its director development initiative, a networking and educational program launched in January that prepares members for opportunities to further their television directing careers. He also coordinates the DGA’s diversity strategy in concert with the guild’s diversity task force and committees.
Prior to joining the DGA in 2014, Gonzalez worked for more than 13 years on diversity initiatives for the Disney/ABC Television Group. He most recently served as director of creative talent development, where he spearheaded and expanded creative initiatives and talent development programs such as the Disney/ABC writing program and the Disney/ABC-DGA directing program.