NBC recently unveiled the 2019-2020 classes for Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program, two initiatives that aim to increase the representation of female and ethnically diverse directors in scripted television. Participating directors will direct at least one episode in-season.
The new class of Female Forward directors and the NBC series they will direct include Kris Lefcoe (Superstore), Brenna Malloy (Chicago Fire), SJ Main Muñoz (Chicago Med), Kim Nguyen (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Sara Zandieh (Good Girls). This is the 10th year for the Emerging Director Program, NBC’s first pipeline program for ethnically diverse male and gender non-binary directors. The new class includes Mahesh Pailoor who will direct an episode of The Blacklist and Dinh Thai who will lead New Amsterdam.