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NBC Names “Female Forward” Directors Initiative Inaugural Class

NBC has named the inaugural class for its new “Female Forward” directors initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television.

The 10 directors selected as finalists and the NBC series on which they have been paired are Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore), Katie Locke O’Brien (A.P. Bio), Ramaa Mosley (Blindspot), Olivia Newman (Chicago Fire), Monica Raymund (Law & Order: Svu), Lisa Robinson (The Blacklist) and Christine Swanson (Chicago P.D.).

Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, the finalists have helmed a range of projects including award-winning films that have been official selections at Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, among others.

Launched last year by then-president Jennifer Salke, “Female Forward” aims to increase female representation in the director’s chair by providing talented female directors with the experience and connections

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