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 The Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network and Studio 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 that demonstrate a visual perspective in telling a story, are able to execute the best possible performances while capturing the artistic thematic nature of a show, and are able to maximize every potential opportunity in enhancing the viewing experience.

This strategic observation process will afford aspiring television directors firsthand exposure to the CBS Television network episodic directing process. 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 Directing Initiative is not employment and in no way guarantees future employment. It is instead, a program of personal exposure to the process of television directing and career development. The goal of the Directing Initiative is to prepare directors for potential employment opportunities in television. The primary focus of ViacomCBS' 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.

Applications must be received between April 1st 2022 and May 1st 2022 11:59 PM PST. Applicants must currently be a DGA Member. Applicants must be 21 or older and have at least 3 samples of completed narrative content directed in the last 3 years. Credit list or resume accepted. Participants will be notified in September 2021. The program will run the length of an entire 2022 – 2023 season. 

For questions, please e-mail:


Paramount Global Inclusion

4024 Radford Avenue

3rd Floor

Studio City, CA 91604 Feb 24, 2021

Dear Sir or Madam:

I wish to submit to Paramount Entertainment ("you," "your," and/or "Paramount"), in support of my application for the Paramount Directing Initiative, the material identified on the preceding page. Such sample reel and summary that may be submitted to Paramount with respect thereto, including all ideas, elements and their expression contained therein, are hereinafter referred to as "the Material".

In consideration of your examining the Material, I hereby represent, warrant and acknowledge and agree as follows:

My submission of the Material to Paramount is voluntary, not solicited by Paramount and not in confidence. There are no materials submitted to Paramount other than those described on the preceding page.

I represent and warrant that I am either the author or owner of all rights to said Material, or the duly authorized agent of the lawful owner of the Material. I also represent and warrant that I have full power and authority to submit the Material to you on the terms and conditions hereof and that no further consents from third parties are required. This agreement shall inure to your benefit and to the benefit of your parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations and to each of their respective officers, employees and agents.

The Material has been, and is hereby, submitted with the understanding that you will not use the same or any part thereof unless either a) you shall hereafter enter into a written agreement with the lawful owner of the Material, it being understood that in no event shall any agreement be implied in fact or in law; and that you shall not become obligated to pay anything to me or any other person, firm or corporation in the absence of any written agreement by you; or (b) you shall determine in good faith that you have the right to use all of any part of the Material without obtaining clearance, either because the Material, or any part thereof, so used is not new or novel, or were not originated by me, or is in the public domain, or is otherwise not legally protected or protectable, or was not reduced to concrete form, or was obtained by you from other sources, including without limitation, your own employees, or from any other person, it being understood and acknowledged that this submission is not being made in confidence.

Should you proceed under 3(b) above, and I should dispute your right so to do, I undertake the entire burden of proof of originality, access, copying and all other elements necessary to establish your liability, and agree that my submission of the Material shall not give rise to a presumption or inference of copying or taking, or a presumption or inference that anyone, other than the particular individual to whom such material is delivered by me, had access to the Material or examined the Material.

Should I bring any action against you for wrongful appropriation of the Material or any part thereof, such action shall be limited to an action at law for damages, which shall not in any event, and under any theory, exceed the fair market value of material on the date hereof, and I specifically waive statutory damages and attorneys' fees under Sections 504 and 505 of Title 17 of the U.S. Codes 1976, and I agree that in no event shall I seek or be entitled to any injunctive and/or other equitable relief and that I have neither the right to rescind or terminate this release or any of Paramount's rights hereunder. Should I be unsuccessful in any such action, I acknowledge and agree that I must pay your court costs, costs of depositions and other discovery, attorneys' fees and the fees and charges of any experts engaged by you to ascertain originality, public domain status, or any other facts or factors deemed necessary or advisable by you in the defense of such action. As a condition precedent to any such action, I will give you written notice of my contention that you have no right to proceed under 3(b) above, stating the particulars in complete detail, and any such action shall be, and is hereby, waived and barred unless filed within six (6) months after your first public release or use of the Material, or thirty (30) days after you notify me in writing that you deny liability to me, whichever is earlier.

I acknowledge that I have retained a copy of the Material, and that any copy of the Material that I submit to Paramount will not be returned to me and will be destroyed at the end of the selection process. I assume full responsibility for any loss, theft, destruction, or any other disposition of any such copy while it is in Paramount's possession or in transit.

This agreement constitutes the entire understanding among the parties hereto. Any modification or waiver must be in writing, signed by all parties hereto. The invalidity of any provision of this agreement shall not affect the remaining provisions.


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First Name *

Last Name *

Email *

Best Contact Number *

Address *

City *

State *

Zip *

Country *

DGA Member Number *

I have previously applied to the Directing Initiative Program *

Comedy or Drama *

Current Representation *

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Summary Creative Contribution to Submission *

Letter of Interest(4 MB limit)
(*Only PDF files accepted. Please name the file in following format 'LetterOfInterest.pdf')
Resume(4 MB limit)
(*Only PDF files accepted. Please name the file in following format 'Resume.pdf')

Applications will be open Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 at 12:01 AM PST and will close on June 2nd at 11:59 PM PST.
Applications for the ViacomCBS Directing Initiative are currently closed. Please check back in March 2023.