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Disney/ABC Television Group Sets 2014-16 Directing Program Participants

The Mouse House’s TV division has set the 12 participants for the 2014-16 Disney/ABC Directing Program.

The two-year program offers an extensive series of seminars and mentoring sessions with the goal of nurturing promising directing talent among industry pros.

Among the judges who selected the participants from more than 1,000 applications were producers from ABC’s “Scandal” and “Castle” as well as Disney Channel’s “Liv & Maddie” and “Crash and Bernstein” and reps from the Directors Guild of America.

“Our production is always on the lookout for untapped talent with a unique perspective.” said Tom Verica, co-executive producer and director of “Scandal.” “The Creative Talent Development team provides invaluable opportunities to a wide range of enormous talent. It has been our pleasure to work with several of them. We look forward to meeting the next group of talented filmmakers.”

Since its redesign in 2010, the directing program has secured over 15 directing assignments on various DATG series, with outgoing directors from the 2012-14 program including actress Regina King (“Scandal”), former key grip Rob Greenlea (“Grey’s Anatomy”), music video director Nzingha Stewart (“The Fosters”), comedy writer Maxine Lapiduss (“Jessie”) and actor Kimberly McCullough (“Shake It Up!”).

Added Tim McNeal, Disney/ABC’s veep of creative talent development and inclusion, “Given that historically directing has been a male-dominated area in the industry, we are particularly proud that our directing program has not only successfully launched the directing careers of six talented female directors, but also through the program a total of seven diverse directors have secured directing assignments on (Disney/ABC) series.”

The 2014-16 directing program participants are:

Ishai Setton

Angela Gomes

Xuan Jiang

Amin Matalqa

Devon Gummersall

Tessa Blake

David Rodriguez

Eli Gonda

Kevin Sweeney

John Paul Su

Paula Hunziker

Benjamin DeJesus

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