DGC Ontario returns as sponsor of Shaw Media Diverse TV Director course

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce DGC Ontario’s return as Industry Partner for the Shaw Media Diverse TV Director course in association with NSI.

Award-winning DGC member Gail Harvey is returning as director advisor, working with program manager Elise Swerhone.

“DGC Ontario is pleased to return as an industry partner on this program to another group of emerging TV directors,” said Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “The return of Shaw Media Diverse TV Director speaks to the continued need for this type of diverse training in the industry.”

“We’re pleased to have DGC Ontario’s support for the second year of this program,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “Providing high-quality training and responding to industry demand is NSI’s mission, and we’re happy to continue offering this course that brings diverse points of view to the director’s chair.”

About the course

Shaw Media Diverse TV Director is an advanced two-phase diversity training course for up to 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 course is intended for directors ready to make the leap to TV series direction with development training and job shadowing.

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.

Graduate successes so far include Melanie Orr directing episodes of The Wonderful Wayneys and Randall Okita shadowing on Orphan Black.

Apply for the course by Monday, March 14, 2016.

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, TELUS STORYHIVE and TELUS Optik™ Local.

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 nsi-canada.ca.

About the Directors Guild of Canada Ontario

The Directors Guild of Canada Ontario (DGC Ontario) is a provincial labour organization representing more than 1,800 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries in the areas of direction, design, production, locations, accounting and editing. The DGC Ontario secures work opportunities for its Members, represents their interests through the negotiation and administration of collective agreements and engages in extensive industry advocacy and lobbying activities at the provincial and municipal levels.

Shaw Media Diverse TV Director 2016 is supported by Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media; Industry Partner Directors Guild of Canada Ontario; and Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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