The NBC Emerging Director Program


The NBC EMERGING DIRECTOR PROGRAM, is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials, music videos) and give them the opportunity to work alongside episodic television directors. The selected directors will foster relationships and fine tune their art to fit the television format.

Built from a desire to open up the pool of directors with whom NBCU works, the program accepts 100 nominees per year (first come, first serve). We ultimately select a small group of finalists to shadow NBC Universal shows, such as The Blacklist, Blindspot, Superstore, and The Expanse. Our directors gain invaluable experience and the preparation needed to make them capable of directing one of our episodes.

The chosen director will shadow for up to three episodes on an NBCU show, from prep- to post-production. NBCU will provide a weekly stipend, along with airfare and hotel accommodation for non-locals during the program. Directors placed on NBC shows will be guaranteed an episode to direct on that show within the same season.

The process begins with a nomination from an industry professional. The first 100 nominations will be contacted to provide work samples and supplemental material. For more information on the application process, see below.

Please note, to be eligible, directors may have directed no more than ONE episode of scripted television.

Nominations for the Emerging Director Program are now CLOSED!

Finalists will be notified in Spring 2018.

More information on the FEMALE FORWARD initiative is coming soon.

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBC Directing Programs Facebook page.




What’s the Process?

1. Nomination

Industry professionals may nominate directors who they feel are accomplished in their respective fields, by submitting their nomination letters online. We only accept the first 100 nominees (first come, first serve). We do not accept nominations from agents or managers. Please note, to be eligible, directors may have directed no more than ONE episode of scripted television.

2. Submission of Portfolio Materials

Once a director is confirmed as one of the 100 nominees, we will contact the directing nominees directly and provide them with a link to upload their materials.  Nominees are required to submit:

  • A bio
  • A resume/CV
  • A directing reel
  • 1-3 samples representing the director’s best work (features, short films, music videos, etc.–completed works preferred)
  • OPTIONAL: 1-2 additional letters of recommendation

3. Selection of Program Participants

The selected directors will be notified in the spring for the opportunity to shadow during the upcoming season.

4. Selection of Directors

The director’s portfolios will be sent to participating NBCUniversal shows. Each show then selects which director they would like to take on to shadow for up to three episodes on the show, from pre- to post-production.