NFMLA Panel | NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program & Female Forward

December 02, 2022 01:00pm PST - 02:30pm PST
Michael Pogarian
Robert Baltazar

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) for a conversation with Michael Pogarian and Robert Baltazar, who oversee the creative talent programs across the NBCUniversal TV portfolio, about the NBCUniversal LAUNCH TV Directors Program & Female Forward program. Michael and Robert will discuss the program, which includes curated workshops, shadowing opportunities on up to two episodes of an NBCU scripted series, and directing an in-season episode. Applications are open now and will close on December 15th, 2022.

About the NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program | Female Forward:

The NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program | Female Forward’s goal is to increase authentic storytelling by providing opportunities for directors who have distinct points of view and diverse lived experiences, including but not limited to those who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds, such as directors who are ethnically diverse, directors with disabilities, LGBTQ+ directors, female directors, and directors who identify as non-binary. The combined program builds on the company’s success as the first episodic directing initiative in the entertainment industry to guarantee that participants will helm at least one episode by the culmination of the program. Each participant shadows on up to two episodes of an NBCU scripted series before directing an in-season episode of the same series.

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