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About Assistant Directors Training Program

The mission of the Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan is to provide motion picture and television industry training as directed by the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America.  The Assistant Directors Training Program recruits a diverse group of applicants from across the country and provides selected candidates with education, training and paid experience in professional settings, facilitating their development into successful assistant directors.

Under the supervision of the unit production manager and assistant directors, the assistant director trainee helps provide support to all of the actors, crew and production personnel working on a production. Possible productions include episodic television, television movies, pilots, miniseries and feature films.  The program includes both on-the-job training and classroom-based seminars.


The program requires applicants to have the legal right to work in the United States, a high school diploma and a demonstrated interest and/or experience in the motion picture, television, entertainment or related industries.  Additionally, applicants should have at least one of the following: a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college or university; two years of paid full-time employment; written proof that at least a level E-5 in a branch of the U.S. military service has been attained; or certification of current enrollment in a degree program with a graduation date before the date specified on the most recent application form.

Assistant Directors Training Program

Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan
15301 Ventura Boulevard, Bldg. E #1075
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: (818) 386-2545


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA