This is scene 1, Take 1 for class 2021-22 from the initiative of the directors of ViacomCBS. This year’s group, which is guaranteed to lead a television episode on CBS, includes Julie Herlocker, Joy T. Lane Steven J. Kung, Pat Santana and Bao Tran.
The initiative provides a platform for directors for access to showrunners, executives, managers and agents and the ability to watch CBS Television Network and CBS Studios broadcasts throughout the year. The program helps directors develop meaningful relationships with industry professionals who are essential to getting hired.
“The ViacomCBS Directors Initiative gives television producers the access, visibility and opportunity to succeed in this industry,” said Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Entertainment, Global Inclusion, at ViacomCBS. “The success of this initiative has created a growing community of support, where former participants, who now hold positions of influence, mentor and hire current participants. “
One of last year’s participants, Morenike Joela Evans, recently directed for the iCarly reboot for Paramount + and the upcoming CBS comedy spin-off How I met your father.
Smith-Anoa’i added, “I would like to mention my former colleague Jeanne Mau, formerly SVP Global Inclusion at ViacomCBS, whose tireless efforts and dedication to this program have made it such a success.
Here are the biographies of the five directors of ViacomCBS’s 2021-22 Directors Initiative:
Herlocker began her directorial career in 2014 with the short comedy-drama The Ashes of Peter. While a producer on NBC Grimm, she made her debut as an episodic director in the show’s final season. During 123 episodes, Herlocker was the only member of the team to have the opportunity to direct. Prior to directing, Herlocker was a post-producer on Episodic TV, where she enjoyed working closely with showrunners on high-profile series including Grimm, Las Vegas, To Justice, Caught, The West Wing and Millennium. Discovering a passion for creating tension in nonlinear storytelling, she went on to write, produce and direct the short thrillers. 7am Wednesday (2020) and A nearby call (2021). Recently, she graduated from DGA’s highly selective DDI Mentorship Program for Episodic TV Directors and has grown in development. Herlocker has several projects on his list with his production company, Shadow Art Entertainment.
Tran was mentored early in his career by master action director Corey Yuen, and was instilled with an approach to action that is not just about the show, but also about the story and the character. Screen Anarchy praised its written and directed short Bookmaker for his “perfectly realized world, populated by fully fleshed out and believable characters, animated by a captivating story and animated by a sumptuous life”. His editing credits include Cho Lon, one of Southeast Asia’s most budgeted action blockbusters, and Jackpot, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. His first directorial feature film, Paper Tigers, received accolades from Collider as “an impressive debut feature with a sure mastery of storytelling and action, absolutely lovely time in the movies.” Rotten Tomatoes ranked it as both the # 1 action comedy of all time and one of the 10 best Asian American films of all time with a Certified Fresh rating.
Joy T. Lane
Lane is a North Carolina filmmaker dedicated to making a difference in episodic television, one set at a time. She is an experienced screenwriter who recently embarked on film and television directing. She directed two episodes of the Emmy nominated NBC series Blind spot, starring Jamie Alexander, on whom she previously served as a screenwriter. Lane was also the script supervisor for the 2005 feature-length drama. Reunion, Breaks, Connection … and more recently Power Book III: Raising Kanan. Some of his other serial credits in this capacity include IFC The whitest children you know and Rock Z as well as MTV Human giant and Wild ‘n out. Currently based in New York City, Lane made his debut at a CBS affiliate television station in Greensboro, NC. After moving to Washington, DC, she worked on various series for PBS and Discovery. However, it was in New York City that Lane took his career to the next level, playing a concert on ABC’s. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire into greater opportunities.
Santana is a writer and director passionate about striking visuals and game-changing storytelling. Born and raised in Barcelona, Patricia graduated in Arts and Design and worked in prestigious advertising agencies for over a decade. A turning point in her life prompted her to move to the United States and pursue her first passion, cinema. Currently, Santana lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a business and content director for clients such as Netflix, Hallmark, and Wendy’s. Since she uprooted her life, Santana has directed several short films and screened them at renowned festivals around the world. In 2018, she was chosen from among applicants from all over the world to participate in the Filming with Werner Herzog workshop in Peru. In 2019, she was selected to participate in the prestigious Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative program. Currently, she is developing her first feature film, Mal Aire, based on the short film she shot with Herzog. The project has been selected to participate in Torino Lab Next this year. his series Shame on you recently received a development grant.
Steven J. Kung
Son of Taiwanese immigrants, Steven J. Kung directed an episode of the sixth season of Freshly landed and is a writer on Dear Whites. He has told POC, queer and female stories throughout his career, including with A leading man, his feature film on the portrayal of Asian Americans in entertainment, which led Mic to proclaim him one of the “Six Filmmakers Shattering the Bamboo Ceiling”. Additionally, Kung directed the award-winning documentary SPEW: The competitive world of high school debate, as well as advertisements and industrial products for the Global Healthy Living Foundation, Essential Qi, the Victory Fund and the University of Virginia. As UPM he produced Ernest Borgnine’s latest film, The man who shook hands with Vicente Fernández. Kung is a graduate of the Disney ABC Directing Program and the DGA Mentorship Program. He co-founded the DGA LGBTQ + Committee, is co-chair emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee and is a member of the Virginia Film Festival board of directors. A native of Virginia Beach, he holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA with Honors in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.