Warner Brothers Television Directors and Writers Workshops
1. Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop
Deadline: Application Period will be open Monday, Jan 16 (9:00am PST) – Thursday, Feb 16 (5:00pm PST)
The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is an initiative that introduces up-and-coming directors to prime time television. With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment and top television directors, cinematographers and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the industry.
Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials. For the experienced and talented directors selected, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of episodic television.
The Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop features multiple components, all geared towards preparing the director for a successful career in television.
Master Class: This 12-week course is run by Bethany Rooney, an esteemed director who has directed over 200 episodes of network television. Based on her book Directors Tell the Story, the Master Class will feature guest speakers currently working in television, including an elite mix of showrunners, directors, cinematographers and editors. Each session will teach a new skill essential for excelling through prep, shooting and post. The 2016 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop will run May–August 2016, with meetings every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA. There will be no class on July 4th weekend. Full participation is mandatory.
The Directors’ Workshop will also have optional components, with participation determined by each director’s skill set. They include:
Cinematography 101: This subset of the workshop will cover cameras, lighting and blocking.
Acting Class: Directors will have the opportunity to participate in a leading industry acting class, where they will gain invaluable insight into working with actors on set.
Shadowing: Some directors in the program will be offered the chance to shadow a director on an episode of a Warner Bros.-produced show. The inside look at the day-to-day work of a television director, and the connections made on set, will be priceless tools in preparing the director to take on their own episode.
Read more and apply here: https://directorsworkshop.warnerbros.com/
2. Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop
Deadline: Submit before 11:59pm on May 31, 2015.
For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. The list of graduates who have gone on to do great things is long: Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food) to name a few.
Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show.
The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing.
Lectures: Weekly lectures feature guest speakers currently working in television and include a mix of showrunners, directors, actors and agents. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers’ room as a staff writer and beyond.
Simulated Writers’ Room: In the winter, the Workshop participants are divided into smaller groups for an intensive writing experience. Each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines found on a show currently in production. How participants perform during this exercise will determine whether they will be chosen for a possible staffing position on a Warner Bros. show. Yes, the stakes are that high!
Staffing: Upon completion of the program, studio executives will help participants, who pass the Writers’ Room, obtain a staff position on a Warner Bros. television show currently in production. We can’t guarantee you will get staffed, but we will get your material in front of the people who make the ultimate decisions – the showrunners. The 2016–2017 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2016–April 2017, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.