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Warner Bros. Television announces first-ever directors' workshop

Warner Bros. Television announces first-ever directors' workshop
On the set of MTV teen series "Teen Wolf." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

So you want to be a director? Warner Bros. Television is hoping to help.

On Thursday, the studio announced it will launch a directors' workshop, designed to "provide up-and-coming directors with the opportunity to break into primetime television," according to a news release.

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Like WBTV's writers' workshop, which has run for more than 30 years, the program aims to "prepare elite helming talent for the transition to episodic TV."

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WBTV also has the Fresh Ink initiative, which is "dedicated to seeking out fresh, new diverse voices from within the creative community, with the goal of developing comedy and drama ideas from women and ethnic minority writers into viable pilot scripts for sale to broadcast and cable networks."

The directors' workshop will feature "multiple components, all geared towards preparing directors for a successful career in television, with the backdrop of active television series sets as the learning environment, and top TV helmers, cinematographers and showrunners as instructors," the news release states.

The 12-week master class will be taught by director and author Bethany Rooney, who directed almost 200 episodes of prime-time network shows, including episodes of "Arrow", "Criminal Minds," "Dallas" and "Nashville."

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Every Saturday, the selected aspiring directors will gather on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank for meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to participate in optional components such as cinematography workshops, acting classes and shadowing current directors on an episode of a Warner Bros. show.

Applicants must submit their resume, a short composition and letters of recommendation for consideration. The three-month session will begin on May 31.

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