Women in Film Launches New Programs for Directors and Writers

by Melissa Silverstein on February 24, 2010

in Women Directors,Women Writers

Here are some newly launched programs from Women in Film in LA.  In order to apply you need to be a member of Women in Film.  Get more info here.

ABC Television Network Director Shadowing Program.

Details: Submit on DVD of a narrative work directed within the past three calendar years.

Selection: The WIF/TV&Media Committee, together with the Disney/ABC Television Group Talent Development & Diversity committee, will select one member to shadow the director of “Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute” (Don’t get me started on issues I have over the fact that Matt Damon is being honored. He’s a good guy, but please) from pre-production through live broadcast.  They will select another qualified member to shadow the Executive Producer, Producer and Director of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for one week (Be prepared, they will I’m sure all be guys since we know that late night has very few women.). The deadline for submission is Friday, March 5, 2010.

MTV Outreach Program

Marking the first time MTV has reached out specifically to female artists and members of the creative community to develop concepts for their core audience, the MTV Development Team in Los Angeles is accepting submissions from writers, producers and directors, by written sample or DVD.

Selection:  Submissions will be evaluated by MTV and the WIF/TV&Media committee.  Ten applicants will have the opportunity to present their ideas, in person, directly to senior members of MTV’s development team on a pitch day in April. The prize for the winning pitch is a development deal with MTV Productions.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 12, 2010. Winners will be notified by email and telephone in early April.

TNT/TBS Directorial Shadowing Opportunity,

Two winning applicants will shadow the directors of upcoming programs to be named shortly.

Selection: Emerging directors are invited to submit a DVD of a narrative work they have directed in the past three calendar years. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 5, 2010.

Get busy!  Don’t forget you need to be a member of WIF to apply for any of the programs.

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Stacy February 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I’d go easy on Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel. If there is a program for women trainee directors to shadow those shows, I bet it had their approval. They both seem to be decent guys.

Thank you to ABC, TNT and MTV for doing the right thing. Let’s hope all the networks follow their lead.

Katie February 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I think this is great. These are the types of things that need to start happening more to get women involved and more exposure.

Debbie Zipp February 25, 2010 at 1:31 AM

I’m sorry. I’m probably just fed up and in a bad mood but the whole notion of women in film SHADOWING programs just plain pisses me off. SHADOWING programs? SHADOWING? Can’t Women In Film do better than that? I just hate the word and the image of “shadowing” for women. I know it is a start but it is just not good enough.

Valerie February 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Well NYWIFT does absolutely nothing, except tell women directors that maybe the next generation will have a chance. At least the LA branch is doing something. It’s a start.

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