Warner Bros. Unveils Workshop For Aspiring Directors

Warner Bros. Unveils Workshop For Aspiring Directors
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In connection with diversity problems of Hollywood, and regarding the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Warner Bros. has unveiled a director’s workshop to address such issues.


The intensive nine-month program, the Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop, will give aspiring directors a chance to develop their skills. The program will culminate with a presentation of their skills to the film community.

Greg Silverman, president for the creative development and worldwide production of Warner Bros. Pictures, stated that the workshop is for anybody concerned about  the system.

The Wrap reports that the inaugural class will have five directors, and all are welcome to register. The Film Directors Workshop’s applications will be accepted starting in the second quarter of 2016, with the first participants revealed before the end of the third quarter. All production costs and salary will be covered by the studio.

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The Hollywood Reporter says that the participants will be paired with Warner Bros. executive mentors. The studio will collaborate with them throughout the entire production process.

Silverman said that Warner Bros. started planning the program over a year ago. But the workshop’s process moved at a slow pace with the diversity issue.

Silverman said, “Our Emerging Film Directors Workshop continues Warner Bros.’ commitment to being the industry’s most talent-focused studio.

“There are so many filmmakers who are bright, creative individuals at the threshold, who just need the means of entry to bring their vision and voice to a bigger audience. By providing that access, as well as a professional network and funding for a short film, Warner Bros. will play a small part in developing the next generation of great storytellers, whether they work in film or television, at our studio or elsewhere.”