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Last day to apply for NBCU LAUNCH Initiatives

April 3, 2022

Submissions for Female Forward and the NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program are currently open on the NBCU LAUNCH site and will close on April 3Please note that NBCU LAUNCH is introducing a Telemundo track to its landmark Female Forward initiative, which has successfully provided experienced female directors an opportunity to break into episodic television over the last four years. 

The partnership between NBCU LAUNCH and Telemundo is an extension of the Hispanic network’s award-winning corporate initiative Mujeres Imparables (Unstoppable Women) and aims to address the need for more directing opportunities for this severely underrepresented community. 

Starting with the upcoming 2022-23 class and thereafter, two Female Forward applicants who select the Telemundo track of the program will shadow on at least two episodes of a Telemundo scripted series, culminating in an in-season directing assignment on the same series.  Similarly, Female Forward participants shadow on up to two episodes of an NBCU scripted series before directing an in-season episode of the same series. 

“Our new partnership with Telemundo is emblematic of one of our core goals, which is to combine inclusion efforts with our sister networks and studios so that together we can create comprehensive and meaningful change,” said Jeanne Mau, Senior Vice President, TV Programming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at NBCUniversal. “Our shared objectives with Telemundo give us a unique opportunity to place an even greater focus on Hispanic female directors. This evolution of our groundbreaking Female Forward initiative is just the beginning of our efforts to grow this underrepresented community while we also continue to focus on other marginalized groups who still desperately need opportunities in the director’s chair.”

NBCU LAUNCH houses the comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the entertainment networks in the NBCU Television and Streaming portfolio – NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock – as well as Universal Studio Group – which comprises four powerhouse studios, Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP), Universal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio. NBCU LAUNCH supports the company’s goal to produce authentic and compelling content by developing the next generation of diverse content creators through talent development programs, partnering with internal creative executives and producers to hire diverse talent in meaningful positions in front of and behind the camera across the company’s extensive breadth of programming, and strengthening the company’s meaningful partnerships with key advocacy groups and organizations. For more information, visit NBCUniversalLaunch.com and follow handles on Instagram and Twitter.

Unstoppable Women (Mujeres Imparables) is an award-winning long-term corporate initiative by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises which aims to celebrate and support women’s advancement in all walks of life. Since its inception in 2018, the initiative has created a diverse community of women with inspiring life stories, shared educational resources about Latinas, and aligned with national partners to further extend the program’s audience. Mujeres Imparables is part of Telemundo’s El Poder En Ti corporate social responsibility program and seeks to advance Latinas by sharing their diverse success stories, highlighting their contributions to all sectors of society, and fostering solutions for the challenges that remain for their progress. Please visit the website for more information.


April 3, 2022
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