by Katherine Schaffstall
NBC on Tuesday announced the inaugural class for its Alternative Directors Program. The program is the industry’s first directing pipeline project for unscripted shows.
The all-female class includes Hollywood Game Night director Madeline Fuste; The Voice‘s Sarah De La O; The Wall and World of Dance‘s Sharon Everitt; The Voice‘s Carrie Havel; Making It‘s Annetta Marion; American Ninja Warrior‘s Cari Townsend; and America’s Got Talent‘s Liz Zanin.
The initiative finds NBC taking a step toward equal representation behind the scenes of alternative series, which currently lack diversity. The goal of the program is to give female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their skill sets in regards to alternative formats and complex directing styles, which will ultimately open more doors for them in their field.
The program was spearheaded by Meredith Ahr, the new president, alternative & reality group at NBC Entertainment, and Karen Horne, senior vp, programming talent development and inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios, who oversees the network’s talent pipeline programs.
“Given the sheer number of viewing hours unscripted shows make up each week, we have a huge opportunity to make a meaningful difference to the overall television landscape by forging a future for new directors in this space,” said Ahr in a statement….