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The WBD Access x Canadian Academy Directors Program

A talent roster initiative focused on experienced Canadian directors from underrepresented communities


The WBD Access x Canadian Academy
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The WBD Access x Canadian Academy Directors Program is a talent roster initiative focused on experienced Canadian directors from underrepresented communities. This initiative is for those individuals who have been proactively taking steps in their career to direct episodic television series in any genre. The sophomore year of the program will support a maximum of 10 individuals seeking to advance their careers in episodic television through on-set placement. The Program will provide participants with mentorship and community-building opportunities, and access to invaluable industry knowledge from television executives and creators.


This program is a multi-year initiative supported by Warner Bros. Discovery and administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.


This program is designed to support directors from underrepresented communities: Indigenous, Black, people of colour, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Francophone members of the aforementioned communities. Applications can be submitted and developed in English or French, but the program sessions and communication are solely in English. Placements will be made in English-dominant environments. For more information, please review the program Rules & Regulations and FAQs. If you require accessibility adjustments to complete this application, please email


About the Academy

The Academy believes that “we are the stories we tell,” and as such, the media establishment has an obligation to ensure that every media professional has the opportunity to share their story and fully participate in the industry. We are committed to addressing systemic racism and fostering inclusion in our own practices, while advocating for and building equity within the larger Canadian media ecosystem. Learn more about the initiatives in Equity & Inclusion that the Academy is dedicated to here.


Applications Close: February 26, 2024 @ 5:00 PM Local Time

Join the Info Session: February 5, 2024 @ 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT

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