Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program

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Launched in 2001, the Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the entertainment industry. The two-year professional Directing Program focuses on potential episodic directing opportunities on ABC series. The Los Angeles-based program will afford selected participants the chance to shadow veteran episodic directors, and develop relationships with Disney | ABC Television Group network and studio executives.

About the Program
Those selected to participate in the two-year program become part of the ABC∙DGA directing talent pool. Executive producers and producing episodic directors of designated ABC Television Network shows will select individuals to shadow on an episode or episodes of their series. Those participants who secure shadowing assignments, which encompass pre-production, shooting and/or post-production (3 or more weeks), will be paid a stipend in the amount of $950.00 per week when actively shadowing on any aspect of a production. The duration of an individual's participation is at the discretion of ABC executives, executive producers and/or episodic directors.

When to Apply
The submission period for the Directing Program opens the first Monday in October of odd calendar years and closes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. When the submission period is open, applications are available on this website. Please check the homepage for updates.

How to Apply
This information is only accessible during the designated open submission period.

Directing Program applicants must be at least 21 years of age and able to legally work in the United States. Previous professional experience working in production is strongly encouraged. Applicants must submit the following items listed below. Applications received without any of these elements will be disqualified and destroyed.

1. Five (5) DVD copies of a single project directed by the applicant
2. Completed application
3. Required notarized legal documentation
4. Resume outlining chronological work history
5. Professional biography/statement of interest capturing the applicant's journey thus far in pursuing a career as an episodic director (500 words or less)
6. Two letters of recommendation from a television or feature film professional (producer, writer, director, executive). Note: This is not mandatory, but strongly recommended

Acceptable Material
We prefer that applicants submit a single body of work featuring a linear storyline with a clear beginning, middle and end. Qualifying bodies of work include, but are not limited to, television pilots, episodic series, feature films and short films. Compilation clip reels are accepted, but not recommended. All submissions must be final, sweetened cuts. The extensive criteria for judging material includes: execution of storytelling; originality; shot selections; talent performances; and overall production value. All submitted material will be destroyed after the evaluation process.

Notification Period
Persons selected to join the directing talent pool are contacted no later than June. Once participation is confirmed, individuals will be interviewed by Disney | ABC executives, ABC executive producers and/or ABC episodic directors.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to give feedback on submitted work or provide information on application status. Please check this site for notification on which individuals have been selected to participate in the Program.