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Diversity Program

The SONY PICTURE TELEVISION DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM provides access and exposure for highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to television episodic directing. 

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WHAT IS THE SONY PICTURES TELEVISION (SPT) DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM?

The SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM provides access and exposure for highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to television episodic directing. This program enables some of its participants to shadow veteran Directors Guild of America (DGA) directors on episodes of various scripted SPT series.

Program Participants will meet with Sony creative executives, executive producers and veteran DGA TV directors while they take part in an intensive episodic directing workshop and attend guest speaker events. Those participants who do well over the course of their participation in the program will be considered to direct an episode or episodes of a scripted SPT series in subsequent seasons.

 

PROGRAM RULES

The SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM is committed to helping talented artists of diverse backgrounds build TV industry relationships as part of their path to becoming an episodic TV director. Program Participants may be selected to shadow directors on episodes of scripted SPT series. Those participants who secure a shadow assignment on an episode, which will include pre-production, production and post-production (3 or more weeks), will be paid a weekly stipend when actively shadowing on any aspect of the production. The opportunity to shadow a director on an episode of a SPT series and the duration of any shadow assignment will be at the sole discretion of SPT.

The SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM is open to all individuals who can submit verification that they have the legal right to work in the United States on SPT productions for the duration of the program. Previous professional TV production experience is strongly preferred but not required. All applicants must complete the online application below.

 

APPLY FOR A CHANCE TO SHADOW VETERAN TV SERIES DIRECTORS
FAQ

Your resume should be a detailed employment history for the past 5 years. It must be scanned and uploaded to the website.

An essay limited to one page double-spaced in 12 point font explaining how your background and previous work experience make you uniquely suited for this Diverse Directors program. Must be scanned and uploaded to the website.

Two letters signed and dated from entertainment or media industry professionals who have viewed and can comment on your work. They must be scanned and uploaded to the website.

A single example of work directed by the applicant in the past 5 calendar years. All applicants must provide ONE completed narrative piece that demonstrates excellent linear story-telling skills with an observable beginning, middle and end and indicates an aptitude for scripted episodic TV.

Examples of appropriate directing samples include the following:

  • A narrative short film or video that has been exhibited at a top tier film festival.
  • TV pilot created for traditional television distribution.
  • TV episode made for series distributed via traditional broadcast, cable or streaming channels.
  • Feature-length movie that has either received distribution or was accepted to a top-tier film festival.
  • Digital short or digitally distributed webisode that has generated no less than 10,000 views online.
  • Commercial spot that has aired nationally or locally. No spec commercials.
  • Music video created for Billboard ranked musical artists.

All submissions must be final sweetened cuts. TRAILERS, ROUGH CUTS AND COMPILATION REELS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

You must carefully read the terms and conditions, click on the “I Accept” button, and submit your e-signature. If you do not complete this step, you will not be eligible for the program and your entire application will be rejected by the online application system.

The SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM application process will open on September 2021 and close on October 1, 2021 or the date at which the program receives a total of 400 applications, whichever occurs first. There is no application fee. Please do not call or email inquiries. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not able to give feedback on applications or give information on application status.

In October, 2021, applicants must be available for interviews, either in person or by video conference. Those finally selected to enter the SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM will be notified by September 30, 2021. Participants in the program selected for shadow assignments will begin shadowing in November 2021.

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Solvan "Slick" Naim

"I’m from Brooklyn, New York, and when I look outside my window, I see mostly People of Color. When I look on TV or film, I’m not seeing that. The Sony Diverse Directors Program is crucial because it gives people who never had a chance to get into the business some kind of through-line, some kind of string. I had no family, no friends, no connections into the industry until the Sony Diverse Directors Program accepted me. Sony isn’t just acknowledging that there’s a diversity problem but they’re actually doing something about it. So, if they can give other people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity like they gave myself, I think we’d be seeing a lot of new, unique, interesting voices that need to be heard."

Program application will be available September 2021!

Contact Information

Program Director Info

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10000 Washington Blvd 

Culver City CA, 92392