Interested in directing scripted television series? Apply now for Shaw Media Diverse TV Director

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for Shaw Media Diverse TV Director. Applications must be received by Monday, March 14, 2016.

Shaw Media Diverse TV Director is designed for participants with directing experience who are interested in making the leap to directing scripted television series.

“In partnership with Shaw Media, we are pleased to offer this course for the second year,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “The training offered through Shaw Media Diverse TV Director fulfills a need in the industry, and the positive response we’ve received speaks to its continued industry relevance.”

“We’re really excited to once again support NSI’s Shaw Media Diverse TV Director program,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. “With expertise from leading scripted TV experts, this training course will help four talented directors jump-start their careers.”

This is an advanced two-phase training course for four diverse directors who are female and/or Aboriginal (male or female) and/or a visible minority (male or female) and/or a person with a disability (male or female). The program includes an intense boot camp in Toronto and a four-week director job shadowing experience on the set of a series in production.

The course is designed specifically for directing scripted television (drama or comedy) series. Applicants must have short film and/or feature film and/or non-series television directing experience and a desire to direct for the fast-paced, market-driven world of series television.

Find out how to apply. Apply by 4 p.m. CT on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Shaw Media Diverse TV Director 2016 is supported by Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media; Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie Central Script to ScreenShaw Media Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary and TELUS STORYHIVE.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industry at

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