Hollywood’s diversity problem doesn’t just impact the faces we see on screens large and small. It’s mirrored in the fact that very few films or TV shows are helmed by people of color.
It’s a stain on the industry’s oh, so progressive spirit, and now Sony is attempting to do something about it.
The studio is setting up a new LA-based program meant to bring a wider range of talent into the Hollywood ecosystem.
The Diverse Directors Program will provide access and training to promising future directors and at the same time provide us with new, emerging talent behind the camera with various points of view,” SPT President Steve Mosko said.
The program will let fledgling directors shadow Sony TV directors on the set as a unique learning experience. The on-set schooling appears open to all, but it’s apparent the studio reaches out to a wide array of talent eager to learn firsthand what it takes to bring a story to the screen.
Starting in August, three finalists will have an opportunity to shadow participating TV directors on various series and receive a weekly stipend. Participants be invited back to direct an episode of a scripted SPT series the following season.