We are proud to announce that Pete Chatmon was recently selected by Sony Pictures Television as 1 of 15 emerging directors for its Diverse Directors Program!

SPT is the studio behind many hits across multiple networks, including Breaking Bad, Masters of Sex, The Blacklist, The Goldbergs, and more.

The SPT DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM is committed to helping talented artists of diverse backgrounds build TV industry relationships for a possible career path as a DGA scripted TV episodic director. Program participants may be selected to shadow directors on episodes of scripted SPT series. Those participants who secure a shadow assignment on an episode will spend 3 or more weeks observing the process, including include pre-production, production and post-production.

It’s challenging for anyone to break into the industry as a director for episodic network or cable television. Check out the Directing Guild of America’s recent STUDY over a 6-year period (excerpt below).

In the six-year period studied (2009-2010 through 2014-2015 television seasons), 611 directors who had never worked in episodic television before were hired by employers (studios, networks and executive producers). The study revealed that 82% (501) of all first-time episodic directors during the six-year span examined were male and only 18% (110) were female; 86% (528) were Caucasian and only 14% (83) were minority directors.

Stay tuned for more updates as Pete progresses through the remaining sessions of the program.