September 11, 1998

Assistant Directors Training Program Offers Unique Career Opportunity

The Assistant Directors Training Program is now accepting applications for its 1999 program. Established in 1965, the program is a joint venture of the Directors Guild of American and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Each year the program accepts approximately 10 to 20 individuals from more than 1,100 applicants.

Among the more than 450 program graduates are numerous producers, studio executives and unit production managers, as well as assistant directors. According to Ricardo Matta, Chair of the Training Plan's Board of Trustees, "It's an incredible opportunity for qualified individuals seeking careers in motion picture and television production. We're particularly proud that our Program has contributed to the diversity of the industry."

In "hands-on" settings, trainees learn administrative and organizational production skills including: set operations, paperwork, the working conditions and collective bargaining agreements of more than twenty guild and unions, and how to supervise cast and crew members.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are placed on the Southern California Area Qualification list as Second Assistant Directors and become eligible for membership in the Directors Guild of America.

Program applicants must be at least 21 years old and have the legal right to work in the United States. They must have a Bachelor's or Associate's degree in any field by June 30, 1999; or two years of full-time, paid, on-set employment in motion picture or television production; or have achieved and been discharged at the level of E-5 or above in a branch of the U.S. military service.

Completed applications and supporting documents must be postmarked no later than November 12, 1998. Interested individuals can obtain applications by calling the Training Plan office at 818-386-2545 or by visiting the Training Program's new World Wide Web Site at:

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