The Paramount Directing Initiative selects directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network, CBS Studio, and Paramount Television Studios drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television and create meaningful connections with producers and executives. This program is looking for candidates who: 

  • Demonstrate a visual perspective in telling a story. 
  • Execute the best possible performances while capturing the artistic thematic nature of a show. 
  • Maximize every potential opportunity in enhancing the viewing experience. 
  • Are active members in good standing with the Director’s Guild of America 

This strategic observation process will afford aspiring television directors invaluable firsthand exposure to the episodic directing process across linear and streaming platforms. In addition to getting a chance to observe the in-depth technical aspects of the process, this observation experience allows participants to begin to form relationships with showrunners, producers, network executives and other significant decision makers. The primary focus of the Paramount Office of Global Inclusion and the Directing Initiative is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse directors with a focus on directors of color. As such, the Paramount Directing Initiative guarantees participants a directing opportunity within two years of acceptance.

2025-2027 Directing Initiative Applications are open March 25th through April 25th 11:59 PM PST. The program will run from January 2025 – January 2027. Paramount reserves the right to adjust the program schedule as necessary.

B871EE66-5E04-4262-AEC6-29CB86971C00 APPLY NOW
Additional Information

Applications must be received between March 25th 2024 and April 25th 2024. Applicants must currently be a DGA member. Applicants must be 21 years or older. At least 3 samples of completed narrative content directed in the last 3 years (all 3 samples must be at one link). Must provide credit list and/or resume. Accepted participants will be notified in Fall 2024. The program will run from 2025-2027.


Please complete the Application Form on the link. Be sure to include e-mail contact information, as this is necessary for any further communication from Paramount. Please do not telephone Paramount. No phone calls regarding the Paramount Directing Initiative will be accepted.


RESUME OR BIO - Please include an up-to-date work resume or bio.


LETTER OF INTEREST - Your letter should be addressed to the Paramount Directing Initiative, and will be used to evaluate your personal qualifications for participation in the program. Please tell us why you should be selected as a part of the Paramount Directing Initiative and what specific talents and traits you have to offer as a director on a television show.


SUBMISSION RELEASE FORM - Please agree to the terms and conditions within the application otherwise your submission will not be processed.