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

Oct 26, 2022

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

SQUAD CLASS OF 2020 & 2021 NEWS: 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:

West Coast Graduation – June 18, 2022:

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