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Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has announced the eight directors selected for Sony Pictures Television’s Diverse Directors Program. Now in its fourth year, the program provides opportunities for skilled artists of diverse backgrounds to work with established television directors on SPT series.

The 2017 program fellows are: Allison Turner, Mellissa Hickey, Daniel Willis, Tiffany Paulson, Tanuj Chopra, Milena Govich, Ryan Brown, and Joel Novoa.

Each will be assigned to work on SPT series includingThe Blacklist, Timeless, The Goldbergs, Atypical, Preacher, Cobra Kai, Kevin Can Wait, and Swat.

“Year after year, Sony Pictures Television is lucky to welcome some of the most creative minds in the industry to our team through the Diverse Directors Program. We look forward to working with these accomplished individuals and opening our doors to new voices,” said Jeffrey Glaser, executive vice president, U.S. current programming, Sony Pictures Television Studios.

“Each year we’re more impressed with the caliber of talent submitted, and we’re honored and grateful to support this incredible talent on their journey,” said Brett King, vice president of creative programming, diversity and inclusion, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

SPT received nearly 250 submissions for the program. Several program participants were selected to take part in intensive episodic directing workshops with working directors, production personnel and entertainment professionals. The program fellows then were selected from that pool of candidates.


Stacy Weitz
Vice President, Communications

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