Responding to an ever-changing climate of technological advances, new ways to tell stories and even newer ways to interact with and enjoy them, Women In Film is proud to share with you two vital new programs and the experiences of the women who had the chance to go behind the scenes and learn from the pros. Only current WIF Members were eligible to apply for the programs below. If you would like to learn more about joining Women In Film, CLICK HERE.
DIRECTOR SHADOWING PROGRAMS
In association with TNT/TBS and Disney/ABC, the WIF/TV&Media Program selected four winners from dozens of applicants to "shadow" directors on network shows. The opportunities included two scripted dramas and two live programs.
TNT/TBS SHADOWING PROGRAM
Everlyn A. Hunter shadowed veteran director Mike Robe on the set of the series “Hawthorne”. “Mike’s openness to the experience of having someone follow his footsteps for the entire three-week long episode was matched only by his willingness to share his professional insights and expertise,” said Hunter.
“I can’t think of a better way to prepare for the unique challenge of directing series television than to shadow a working director.” said Robe. “It’s virtually on-the-job training. Everlyn will do more than make it work, she’ll own it. She’s going to be an outstanding director.”
“Mike Robin has a reputation among his cast, crew and television insiders as ‘the best of the best’. His company is a close-knit, generous group of people. The experience of observing Mike work - and observing all aspects of the production first hand - is a thrill. I am enormously grateful to the WIF/TV&Media committee for giving me the opportunity to apprentice on a show of this quality. WIF/TV&Media has given me a window into a smart, professional team that makes high quality television and the knowledge to continue working toward my professional goals.”
- Becky Smith
ABC DIRECTOR SHADOWING PROGRAM
“Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute”
Emmy Grinwis shadowed director Michael Dempsey during the production. For three days Emmy watched Michael jump on and off conference calls, brainstorm, conduct camera meetings, go through the script line by line and answer hundreds of questions.
“My favorite part was sitting in the truck in front of all the screens and watching Michael call the show,” said Emmy. “He was part symphony conductor, part air-traffic controller, part mad scientist. I had a great time and I learned so much about the world of live TV.”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Nikki Frakes spent a week on the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with Executive Producer Jill Leiderman and Show Director Joe DeMaio, and interacted with field producers, segment producers and writers.
“I enjoyed observing the numerous departments come together to create an impressive show night after night,” said Nikki. “Jill Leiderman offered time to answer questions and discuss her personal journey. One thing is clear, having a role model is having a guide for success.”
Jill Leiderman added, “Shadowing is inspirational and invigorating from both vantage points. At JKL, we immersed Nikki in every aspect of our late night world to give her a heavy dose of how we do it, and luckily, she didn’t call the authorities.”
MTV/WIF/TV&MEDIA OUTREACH PROGRAM
For the first time in its history, MTV is reaching out to women artists and members of the creative community to develop programming concepts. The MTV development team joined the WIF/TV&Media committee to view the many submissions and selected 10 emerging producers who were given the opportunity to present their ideas, in person, directly to senior members of MTV’s team for a potential development deal.
The 2010 winners are:
MARCELA MAY WOJTCZAK
“As a screenwriter based in Massachusetts, I can truly say that WIF Los Angeles is supporting me from 3,000 miles away. This was my first year as a member, and within that time period I made the Top Ten of the MTV/WIF/TV&Media Outreach Program and presented my scripted series idea directly to senior members of MTV’s development team. WIF Los Angeles has also highlighted my various awards and activities in the Member News section of its weekly newsletter. My visibility as a screenwriter has gone up, thanks to WIF Los Angeles. I am living proof that you don’t have to be in California to benefit from its offerings! I’m so happy and proud to be a part of this organization.” - Caitlin McCarthy
“When I saw the WIF/TV&Media committee email, I said, ‘I’m going to get to pitch my TV series to MTV.’ They had so many scripts and mine was picked! I started crying tears of joy. I’m very thankful Women In Film is creating such great opportunities for
creative women like myself to have this chance.” - Lori Hoeft
“MTV and Women In Film have had a positive relationship and we have loved working with them this year.” - Lauren Dolgen
Women In Film Television & Media would like to thank Tony DiSanto, Liz Gately, Chris Linn and Lauren Dolgen for their guidance and support.
We look forward to continuing this series next year with MTV Productions.