CBS Directing Initiative

The CBS Directing Initiative is a specialized program providing diverse DGA directors professional guidance, access to executives and showrunners and shadowing opportunities. Each year we select between 3-5 diverse/female directors to shadow from prep to post on various shows. With 18 alumni, it has helped launch the careers of 14 directors (booking episodes, representation, progressing to other programs). Notable alumni include Zetna Fuentes (CBS Pilot Chiefs, Madam Secretary, Zoo, Jane the Virgin, Shameless, Scandal), David Rodriguez (S.W.A.T., NCIS: Los Angeles, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Queen of the South), Heather Cappiello (Madam Secretary, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods) and Lily Mariye (Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, MacGyver).

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