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Disney Entertainment Television (DET) Directing Program

The Disney Entertainment Television (DET) Directing Program is a highly-selective, one-year program for diverse directors. The program guarantees episodes to first-time television directors on DET scripted series, and guarantees segment directing opportunities on DET unscripted series. Directors receive mentorship, on-set shadowing experience, networking opportunities with the company’s creative executives, and limited professional and career development prior to directing their episodes.

Established in 2001, the DET Directing Program has kickstarted the careers of many established and award-winning directors and producing directors on hit shows, including Tessa Blake (“A Million Little Things”), Pete Chatmon (“black-ish”), Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther” franchise), Zetna Fuentes (“Jane the Virgin”), Regina King (“Insecure”), Marvin Lemus (“Gentefied”), Jaffar Mahmood (“Young Sheldon”), Nzingha Stewart (“Little Fires Everywhere”),

Disney Directing Program - TK Shom on THE ROOKIE

Directing Program 2022-2023 TK Shom talks about the Disney Directing Program and his experience on the ABC show THE ROOKIE.


In 2021, the DET Directing Program evolved to guarantee episodes to first-time episodic directors on Disney Entertainment Television’s primetime scripted series. Since then, the program has provided episodic opportunities to first-time television directors on series such as

ABC’s The Rookie, The Good Doctor, and Black-ish; Freeform’s Good Trouble and Single Drunk Female; FX’s Snowfall; and Disney Branded Television’s Raven’s Home and The Villains of Valley View, as well as Disney-produced series The Chi and The Resident.


In 2022, the DET Directing Program expanded into the daytime scripted programming space, guaranteeing segment and episodic directing opportunities on ABC’s daytime scripted series, General Hospital. This was the first formal engagement between daytime scripted and Disney’s talent programs.


In 2023, the DET Directing Program expanded into the unscripted/alternative programming space, providing segment directing opportunities on ABC’s hit unscripted series, THE BACHELOR, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and SHARK TANK. This was the first formal engagement between unscripted/alternative and Disney’s talent programs.

The 2022-23 Disney Entertertainment Television
Directing Program

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