When tonight’s episode of The Rookie premieres on ABC, it will be a special milestone for episode director and industry veteran TK Shom. It is Shom’s first television episode as lead director, the latest achievement in a 20-year career in film and television.
Shom is one of seven aspiring television directors selected this year to participate in the Disney Entertainment Directing Program, an intensive, yearlong program that helps midcareer professionals launch lasting careers in directing. It is one of the longest-running programs of its kind and began to guarantee episodes to all participants in 2021.
“The guarantee of an episode is incredible,” Shom shared in January while on location directing The Rookie in Lincoln Heights. “My goal is to make a career in directing. I wanted to participate in the Disney Entertainment Directing Program because it opens up a lot of doors that otherwise would have been very tough to break through.”
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