NBC to Foster Female Directors With Initiative For Shows on Network

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 3, 2017

Acclaimed director Lesli Linka Glatter has partnered with NBC to launch Female Forward, a new initiative created to get more female directors jobs in television.

With the goal of gender parity in mind, NBC has announced a new annual initiative focused on female directors among scripted series across the Peacock network.

The program, which was codeveloped with NBC President Jennifer Salke, will provide 10 burgeoning female directors with the chance to shadow up to three episodes of an NBC program.

Salke told reporters "there's a huge drought in female directors, and we were determined to do something about that". "It's an honor to have a partner and advocate in the awesome Lesli Linka Glatter, who shares these ideals with us and has passionately acted as a mentor to other women throughout her career". She is directing the first two episodes of NBC's upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders limited series. And NBC has slated more female directors on the limited series to follow Linka Glatter. "It should be an equal playing field", Linka Glatter said.

"A program like this is a game changer and it's an honor to be a part of it", Linka Glatter says.

"Female Forward" is created to build upon NBC's already existing talent pipeline programs and will begin with the 2018-19 season.

"It's absolutely thrilling to help forge a path for female directors in such a meaningful way, and this new initiative is a great complement to our current Emerging Directors Program, which has been one of our tentpole talent pipeline programs for almost a decade", said Horne. "Our programs have discovered, nurtured and promoted people of diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of storytellers with great success stories, including Sharat Raju, Alan Yang, Mindy Kaling and Lil Rel Howery".

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