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    Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories.

    The ViewFinder: Emerging Directors Program is a Viacom-wide initiative which seeks to provide directors with underrepresented voices an opportunity to enhance their skill set and grow their network. Program participants will shadow established directors on scripted and non-scripted programming across all Viacom brands and platforms.


    Who we're looking for

    Each one of our Brand Partners has a specific voice that reaches out to the world and connects with a core audience.

    Our mission is to find talented and emerging visual storytellers, connect them with our Brand Partners, and help bring their unique voices and experiences into the world of television.

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    Tell us your story.

    Show us why your voice is one that needs to be heard.

    Program Details


    For consideration, application and submission materials must be submitted online between June 17th – July 12th, 2019 by 11:59PM (PST). Please review the Submission Guidelines for additional requirements and information.

    Based on their areas of expressed interest, participants will shadow a director on one or more episodes from prep through post production on Viacom scripted and unscripted programming including drama, comedy, variety, music specials, multi-camera studio-based productions, and live specials.

    Each Participant will receive a stipend per week during shadowing assignments.

    Participants will be required to attend one or more Program briefings in order to provide guidance on goals, expectations, and day-to-day work during the Program to maximize positive results for both Viacom and the Program’s participants. Other briefings may include, but are not limited to, social mixers and meet and greets with executives from the various Viacom Brands.

    At the sole discretion of Company, participants may be offered the opportunity to direct an episode/program or related ancillary content for the various productions across all Viacom Brands.

    ViewFinder and Viacom's Brands have partnered together to help bring your voice to the world of television. Click on any of the logos below for more information.


    Applicants must be 21 years or older as of July 12, 2019 to apply.

    The following materials must be submitted online along with the application:

    • 3-15 min Directing Work Sample (i.e. TV Episode Excerpt, Short Film, Feature Film Excerpt, Webisode, Documentary, Music Video)
      • The uploaded video file must be smaller than 5,120MB (5GB) in size.
    • One-Page Resume/CV (in PDF Format)
    • Short Bio (150 words or less – in PDF Format)

    Submissions that do not meet these requirements will NOT be reviewed or considered.

    File Types Supported:

    • AVI (preferred)
    • MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4)
    • Windows Media (.wmv)
    • Flash Video (.flv, .f4v)
    • QuickTime (.mov)

    Please DO NOT mail in any applications and/or physical materials.

    Compilation reels are NOT accepted and will NOT be reviewed.

    You must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program).

    Participation in the Program does not provide sponsorship for a VISA.


    Beginning June 17, 2019, you can start your application for Viacom’s ViewFinder: Emerging Directors Program.

    Submission materials and application must be uploaded and submitted by Friday July 12, 2019 11:59PM (PST).

    All submission materials should be completed and uploaded to the ViewFinder online submission portal. Once inside the portal, you will need to create a login and password to set-up your own user account.

    We advise that you give yourself at least two weeks prior to the July 12, 2019 deadline to complete your application. Extensions will NOT be provided for late applications. Don’t wait until the last minute!

    Thank you for applying to Viacom’s ViewFinder: Emerging Directors Program.

    Good luck!

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