The NBC Network announced the other day it’s plan to launch a new annual initiative “Female Forward” in it’s efforts to employ more female directors. The initiative is spearheaded by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in partnership with director Lesli Linka Glatter (”Mad Men,” ‘’Homeland” and the upcoming “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”).
Salke told reporters “there’s a huge drought in female directors, and we were determined to do something about that.”
The “Female Forward” initiative is designed to build upon NBC’s already existing talent pipeline programs and will begin with the 2018-19 season. While the program will start on 10 NBC series, the intent is to expand the number of directors and shows in subsequent years. According to Deadline, the new program with provide ten female directors with the opportunity to shadow up to three episodes of an NBC series, followed by a season commitment to direct at least one episode of the series she shadows.
The ultimate goal is to achieve gender parity among scripted series directors across the network.