DGA Mentorship Program Adds Newest Class of TV Director Graduates from East and West Sessions

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October 26, 2022

Los Angeles — As part of the DGA's decades-long commitment to push for industry inclusion, the Guild has conducted the Television Director Mentorship Program that pairs members who aspire to expand their TV-directing careers (protégés) with veteran directors (mentors) who serve as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television. The structured, intensive career development program, which has been executed in 2018, 2019, and 2020, has now added 34 graduates from the East and West Coast sessions in 2022. On Thursday, October 20, the Guild held the first graduation ceremony for the East Coast participants; the graduates of the West Coast program were recognized at a separate event in June, 2022.

“Through mentorship and in-depth training from seasoned episodic Director members, we have created opportunities for members across all DGA categories to deepen their skills and provide a robust pipeline of diverse talent for our industry,” said DGA President Lesli Linka Glatter. “My personal thanks to our terrific mentors who have so willingly supported the Guild’s commitment to providing opportunities for the next generation of storytellers.”

For nine months they were exposed to the latest technical skillsets and best practices in preparation for a career in directing episodic television. The Television Director Mentorship Program is part of the DGA’s Director Development Initiative, which focuses on education, networking and career development. The combined programs aim to set members up for success through professional development so that they can turn new opportunities into long-term careers.

Breannah Oppenhuizen, Diversity & Inclusion Program Executive for the DGA, stressed the Guild’s long-term commitment, “The DGA looks forward to continuing the DDI Mentorship program with the release of the application for its 2023 cycle slated for early next year. The newest iteration of the program will reintroduce career development workshops as a key secondary component in addition to the craft workshops and monthly learning events.”

Graduating  Protéges and Mentors – 2022 Cycle

East Coast Graduation - October 20, 2022:

DDI East Coast Graduation

West Coast Graduation – June 18, 2022:

DGA TV Director Mentorship Program Graduates 2021-22 West Coast Participants

About the Director Development Initiative:

The Director Development Initiative is designed to provide current information on the Director’s craft in order to further the Guild’s mission to increase the diversity of the industry.

The DGA has been pressing studios, networks, and producers to be more inclusive in hiring for four decades. The Guild’s efforts include: collective bargaining gains requiring television studios to operate TV director diversity programs; ongoing meetings with studios, networks and individual series regarding their hiring records; and publicized reports detailing employer hiring patterns. In addition, the Guild itself has initiated a variety of TV director mentorship and educational programs to support the career development of its members. 

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