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Disney | ABC Television Group’s (DATG) Creative Talent Development programs are instrumental in identifying and developing creative talent with multicultural voices and perspectives. These innovative programs have launched the careers of many industry professionals, including: writers such as Veena Sud (The Killing, Cold Case), Saladin K. Patterson (Big Bang Theory, Frasier), George Mastras (Breaking Bad) and Peter Murrieta (Cristela, Wizards of Waverly Place); and directors such as Seith Mann (The Walking Dead, Homeland), Zetna Fuentes (Jane the Virgin, Switched at Birth) and Nzingha Stewart (The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars).

Essential to our programs’ success is the support of network and studio creative executives as well as supportive production teams from series such as ABC’s American Crime, Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Ken, Once Upon A Time, Scandal and The Goldbergs; Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, Stitchers and The Fosters; and Disney Channel’s KC Undercover, Mech-X4 and Liv and Maddie.

  • The Writing Program introduced me to a number of fantastic writers and executives. The Creative Talent Development team guided me while I was in the program and they have become invaluable mentors. This program jump-started my writing career, and it continues to impact my career in a positive way.

    - Bryan Oh (2007)

    Co-Executive Producer, Zoo, Chicago Fire

  • I was already an editor on Grey's Anatomy, but being selected for The Disney | ABC Directing Program was a watershed event for me. It gave the producers the assurance that ABC was behind me and invested in seeing me succeed as a television director which led to my directing debut on 'Grey’s Anatomy.' The program was instrumental in exposing me to network and studio executives, and it’s reassuring to know that I now have advocates in my corner!

    - Susan Vaill (2010-12)

    Episodic Director/Editor, Grey’s Anatomy

  • The Disney | ABC Directing Program was an integral ingredient in launching my career as a working television director. Not only did it give me invaluable access to professional sets which facilitated my transition from student filmmaker to professional one, but it also gave me the opportunity to study the craft of directing with some of the best directors working today. Finally, and most critically, it gave me a job – directing my first network credit 'Grey’s Anatomy.' What more can I say? I love the program and would encourage anyone serious about directing television to apply.

    - Seith Mann (2005)

    Episodic Director, Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Californication

  • I will always be grateful to the Disney│ABC Writing Program for launching my career.  It gave me a crash course in the industry and provided me with exceptional mentors and an invaluable support system, both of which continue to champion my voice as a writer today.

    - Sierra Ornelas (2010)

    Supervising Producer, Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  • I owe everything to the Disney | ABC Writing Program. They supported me, they groomed me and they gave me my first break as a staff writer.

    - Peter Saji (2007)

    Supervising Producer, Black-ish, Cougar Town

  • Being accepted into The Disney | ABC Directing Program was a huge step for me and opened the door to landing my first primetime directing assignment on 'Pretty Little Liars' for ABC Family. The program gave me access to the network executive who championed me to the show. I then got the opportunity to shadow and form relationships with the showrunners who ultimately pushed for me to get my shot.

    - Zetna Fuentes (2010-12)

    Episodic Director, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth

  • The program gave me all the footholds I needed to get my start as a TV writer. From the necessary writing skills of breaking story and punching a script up, all the way to getting an agent, and how to behave in meetings. I was as green as they come, and can't think of how else I could have gotten started.

    - Peter Murrieta (1994-95)

    Executive Producer, Cristela, Wizards of Waverly Place

  • The Disney | ABC Directing Program forced me to move out of my comfort zone. I believe comfort zones are where dreams go to die. The program is allowing me to realize a dream...and that is priceless.

    - Regina King (2012-14)

    Episodic Director, Scandal, Southland

  • As Mr. Disney said, ‘If you dream it, you can do it.’ And, this year my dream came true. My journey started with my love for dance at a very young age, which led me to acting where I discovered my true passion for directing. It was a goal of mine to be accepted into the Disney │ ABC Directing Program, which provides much needed support to break into the competitive world of episodic directing. In 2012, I made the cut! Through the exposure of the program, I directed an episode of Disney Channel’s 'Shake It Up' and now I am a member of the Directors Guild of America. I did it!

    - Kimberly McCullough (2012-14)

    Episodic Director, Pretty Little Liars, K.C. Underscover, Shake It Up

  • The Disney | ABC Writing Program was integral in jump-starting my writing career. Not only did it teach me the skills necessary to surviving in a writer's room, the program also helped me get my first job as a staff writer. I strongly encourage all aspiring writers to apply!

    - Shalisha Francis (2010)

    Producer,  Minority Report, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.