Daytime Directing Initiative

The Daytime Directing Initiative will give participants educational exposure to the process of directing dramatic serials THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and/or THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

This is not employment and participants will not be doing any work for the shows. Participants will be required to be familiar with the shows.

The goal is to provide an experiential learning opportunity for talented and diverse candidates with an interest in directing dramatic serials.

The eight (8) week program will cover the following topics:

  • The function of the Directing Team (Director, AD, Stage Manager, and Production Associate) as well as other crew positions and responsibilities
  • Analysis of the script – blocking, floor plans, dramatic intent
  • Observation of the Directing process from the floor and the booth
  • The editing process, including post production sound

This educational process will afford emerging, diverse directors first-hand exposure to directing in the daytime drama arena.

In addition to the opportunity to observe the technical aspects of the process, this learning experience allows participants to begin to form relationships with producers and network executives.

Please download the Daytime Directing Initiative Application Form Form on this page and print or type your information. Be sure to include e-mail contact information, as this is necessary for any further communication from CBS. Please do not telephone CBS. No phone calls regarding the CBS Daytime Directing Initiative will be accepted.

Please include an up-to-date work resume or bio.

Your letter should be addressed to the CBS Daytime Directing Initiative, and will be used to evaluate your personal qualifications for participation in the program. Please tell us why you should be selected as a part of the CBS Directing Initiative and what specific talents and traits you have to offer as a director on a television show. PLEASE keep your letter to one typewritten, double-spaced page.

The CBS Daytime Directing Initiative is seeking creative, talented and highly motivated individuals to participate. Please send two (2) copies of your sample demo reel (on DVD format) and include a brief description of the material.
Commercials and music videos do not qualify as submissions.

A completed, signed and notarized release form MUST be included, otherwise your submission will not be processed. Please download the Submission Release Form here.

SAMPLE DEMO REELS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. All reels and any written material submitted will be destroyed once the selection process is complete.


Once application packets are complete, please send them to:
CBS Diversity Institute
Daytime Directing Initiative
CBS Broadcast Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

All Submissions Must Be Mailed. No Hand Deliveries Will Be Accepted. All applications must include an e-mail address in order to receive further communication from CBS. If any of the application items are missing, the submission will not be processed. The CBS Daytime Directing Initiative runs for the length of one broadcast season. Participation in the CBS Daytime Directing Initiative in no way guarantees future employment.

Please download the Daytime Directing Initiative Application Form
Please download the Daytime Directing Submission Release Form