The 18th iteration of the ViacomCBS Directors Initiative has added an important new benefit: the guarantee that all showrunners will stream an episode on CBS.
“The ViacomCBS Director Initiative provides TV executives with access, exposure, and the opportunity to succeed in this industry,” said ViacomCBS Executive Vice President of Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion, global integration Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i said in a statement, noting that Morenike Joela Evans from last year’s class recently led episodes of the company. iCarly reboot and How I met your father. “The success of this initiative has created a growing supportive community where former participants, who are now in positions of influence, are mentoring and hiring current participants. in.”
Smith-Anoa’i also credits her former colleague Jeanne Mau, who moved to NBCUniversal in August.”[Her] tireless efforts and dedication to this program have made it a success as expected. ”
Alumni of the ViacomCBS Director Initiative include Zetna Fuentes (Dear Secretary,, Jane the Virgin), Laura Belsey (NCIS: New Orleans, Criminal thought), Lily Mariye (Criminal thought, MacGyver), Kevin Berlandi (Bulls, Criminal thought) and Jennifer Derwingson (NCIS: New Orleans).
In 2019, NBCUniversal’s Emerging and Transitioning Female Directors programs became the industry’s first initiative to guarantee participants credit directing multiple episodes on the broadcast network, an important step forward. in the career building door.
The five directors of ViacomCBS’s 2021-22 Directors Initiative, who will soon be directing their own episodes on CBS, are:
Before Grimm The post-production producer who made his episodic directorial debut in 2017 during its final season, was the only member of the NBC fantasy crew to ever earn a directing opportunity. Her career as a post producer includes working on series including Las Vegas, In justice, Take, West Wing and Millennium. Recently graduated from DGA’s DDI Mentor Program, her directing credits include short films Peter’s Ashes (2014), Wednesday 7 a.m (2020) and End call (In 2021).
Steven J. Kung
The Dear white people writer who directed an episode of ABC Fresh Off the Boat in its sixth season. A first-generation Taiwanese-American, his other director credits include the 2003 film A top man, Short documentary film in 2005 Speech: The Competitive World of High School Debate and advertising and industry for the Global Wellness Foundation, Essential Qi, the Victory Foundation and his alma mater, University of Virginia. A Virginia Beach native and USC School of Motion Picture Arts MFA graduate, an alumnus of both the Disney ABC Directing Program and the DGA Mentorship Program, co-founder of the DGA LGBTQ+ Committee and co-chair of the honor Attended by the DGA Asian American Committee.
Joy T. Lane
The New York City-based filmmaker is a veteran script supervisor who has worked for Starz’s Book of Power III: Raising Kanan, IFC’s The Whitest kids you know, MTV’s Wild ‘N Out and NBC’s Blind spot, the latter of which earned her two directing spots for the first episode. A North Carolina native, she began her career at the CBS affiliate of Greensboro, then moved to DC to do various series for PBS and Discovery.
The Barcelona native studied art and design and worked in advertising for more than ten years before moving to Los Angeles to make films. She was selected to participate in Werner Herzog’s film workshop in Peru in 2018 and Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative a year later. Currently working as chief commercial and content officer for clients like Netflix, Hallmark, and Wendy’s, Santana is also developing her Herzog workshop into a feature, Mal Aire, was selected for Torino Lab Next, as well as the series Shame on you, recently received a development grant.
Rotten Tomatoes’ tomato meter now features director Tran’s directorial debut, Paper tigers (98 percent new), the top-rated action comedy on its website and one of the top Asian-American films. As a mentor to acclaimed action director Corey Yuen, Tran has previously edited Vietnamese hits. Cho Lon and Jackpot, and his 2008 short Bookie praised by Screen Chaos because “the world is perfectly realized with completely flesh-and-blood and believable characters, guided by a compelling story and offered a life of luxury.”