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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

11 July 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

11 July 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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Veteran TV Director Gail Mancuso to Helm Her First Feature Film

28 June 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Gail Mancuso’s name probably sounds familiar to you — chances are you’ve seen at least a couple episodes she’s helmed during her 25-year career as a television director. Now, as Deadline reports, the woman behind classic episodes of “Modern Family,” “Roseanne,” “Friends,” “30 Rock,” and more will take her talents to the big screen. Mancuso has signed on to direct “Besties,” a women-centric road trip comedy from DreamWorks and Universal.

Written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic, “Besties” is a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”-esque story about a woman “who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note,” Deadline details. Daniels and Bartosic’s spec script was the subject of a bidding war last summer before it was acquired by DreamWorks/Amblin Partners and Montecito Pictures.

Universal will handle “Besties’” distribution, and production is expected to begin later in 2017. No word on the cast yet.

Mancuso won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series two years in a row for her work on “Modern Family.” She took home the award in 2013 for the episode “Arrested” and in 2014 for “Vegas.” Mancuso has also received three DGA Award nods for directing the long-running ABC sitcom. “Scrubs,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” are among her many other credits.

Veteran TV Director Gail Mancuso to Helm Her First Feature Film was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Gail Mancuso to Direct Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks

27 June 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Emmy-winning TV director Gail Mancuso will direct Dreamworks’ “Besties,” about a woman who hits the road with her best friends to stop an ex’s wedding. Mancuso has directed more than 300 episodes of TV, including “Modern Family,” for which she won her Emmys, as well as “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” The script for “Besties” is by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic, and follows a journey that begins when the woman discovers a love note from the ex that she has not seen before. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Sets Female Director Record, on Pace to Outgross 'Suicide Squad' The »

- Matt Donnelly

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Gail Mancuso Directing Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks

27 June 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran television director Gail Mancuso will direct the road trip comedy “Besties” for DreamWorks Pictures.

The project has been in the works since last year when DreamWorks picked up the film rights to the script written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing with Tom Pollock as executive producer.

The story follows a woman embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

Universal would distribute. The project is eyeing late 2017 start.

Mancuso is a back-to-back Emmy winner for “Modern Family” in 2013 and 2014. She has directed over 300 television episodes, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” Mancuso also has received three DGA nominations for directorial achievement in a comedy series.

She is represented by ICM Partners and law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

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Gail Mancuso Set To Direct DreamWorks’ Comedy ‘Besties’

27 June 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Emmy-winning TV director Gail Mancuso has been tapped to direct Besties, a big, female-driven ensemble comedy in the works at DreamWorks Pictures that was written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. DreamWorks/Amblin Partners along with Montecito Pictures beat out two other studios and slapped down low- to mid-six figures for the spec last July. The plot centers on a woman who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood… »

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'Modern Family' Helmer Gail Mancuso to Direct 'Besties' for DreamWorks

27 June 2017 2:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Veteran TV director Gail Mancuso will helm road-trip comedy Besties for DreamWorks Pictures.

Written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic, the script follows a woman who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing the project, with Tom Pollock executive producing.

The pic will be distributed by Universal and is eyeing a late 2017 production start.

Mancuso has directed over 300 television episodes, including Modern Family, 30 Rock and Roseanne. She has received three Emmy nominations, »

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Shonda Rhimes, Susanne Daniels, Mark Gordon Join Television Academy’s Executive Committee

5 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes and YouTube originals chief Susanne Daniels are among the five industry insiders appointed to the Television Academy’s executive committee.

Producer Mark Gordon, Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnick and Wme partner Richard Weitz round out the list of appointees by Television Academy chairman-ceo Hayma Washington. The executive committee helps set the agenda and policy decisions for the academy.

“We are exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to be advised and guided by five of the most insightful and ground-breaking executives in the television industry,” Washington said. “Individually they deliver a wealth of experience and knowledge across global television platforms. Collectively, they represent the future of the industry and will play a significant role in leading the Television Academy and our members as our medium continues to evolve.”

In addition to Washington’s selections, the Academy’s board of governors elects members to serve on the executive committee. The »

- Variety Staff

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DGA Announces Participants of New TV Director Mentorship Program

5 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Ramaa D. Moseley: Moseley’s Instagram account

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has selected the participants for a TV directing mentorship initative, SHOOTonline reports. The program will see “early-career directors (Protégés)” partner with “veteran TV directors (Mentors) who will serve as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television throughout the 2017–18 season.” On the protégé side of things, the DGA has achieved gender parity and then some. Eleven of the 20 slots went to women, amounting to 55 percent of the participants.

Among the female protégés are Lena Khan, who directed the upcoming immigration film “The Tiger Hunter,” Valerie Heather Weiss, the filmmaker behind the feminist coming-of-age tale “The Archer,” and Ramaa D. Mosley, director of the 2012 comedy “The Brass Teapot.”

Although the number of female protégés is impressive, the mentor side is a little disappointing: women represent only 30 percent of the program’s mentors. Jamie Babbit, director of the cult classic “But I’m a Cheerleader” and many TV shows (“Girls,” “Looking,” “Married”) is a mentor, as are frequent “Homeland” helmer Lesli Linka Glatter, and Roxann Dawson, whose most recent credits include episodes of “The Americans” and “Good Girls Revolt.”

Mentors and protégés will be “matched based on their work experience, interpersonal chemistry, and mutual craft interests to ensure a fulfilling experience,” the source writes. The program will feature one-on-one coaching, seminars, and group activities.

The DGA’s TV director mentorship program is a part of the Guild’s Director Development Initiative, which kicked off in early 2016. A push for increased inclusivity and diversity amongst directors, the Initiative “includes a speaker series, craft and career workshops, practical labs, and networking events for members seeking to advance their television directing careers.”

“With television directing jobs on the rise and more industry employers heeding the call for director diversity — our members have told us that they are seeking career development resources to help set them up for success,” DGA president and mentor Paris Barclay explained. “And the DGA has the best resources in the world — a deep well of talent made up of seasoned TV directors who are dedicated and eager to give back to their Guild and share their years of expert experience with the next generation.”

All of the female 2017 TV director program’s protégés and mentors are listed below.

The 2017 Protégé participants are:

Heather CappielloDaniella EismanLiz R. HinleinA. Laura JamesLena KhanPaige Morrow KimballJessica LowreyKimberly Anne McCulloughRamaa D. MosleyValerie Heather WeissAprill Lynn Winney

The 2017 Mentor participants are:

Jamie Merrill BabbitRoxann DawsonLesli Linka GlatterGail MancusoTawnia McKiernanBethany Rooney

DGA Announces Participants of New TV Director Mentorship Program was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Television Academy Establishes Choreography Peer Group

8 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Academy’s board of governors has established a peer group for choreographers, a move long sought by dance pros who work in TV.

Representing the new group on the Academy’s board of directors will be veteran choreographers Kathryn Burns and Mandy Moore (not to be confused with the actress). In the past, choreographers were included as a subset of the directors peer group.

The vote by the board of governors to create its 30th peer group recognizes the growth of dance-related programming across the dial, from the recent wave of live musical productions to “Dancing With the Stars.”

“We are thrilled to recognize choreographers and their contributions to television with a peer group of their own,” said Television Academy chairman-ceo Hayma Washington. “Inclusion of all professionals creating content in our medium is a top priority for the Academy, whether they are working in a significant artistic or technical segment of the industry, in »

- Variety Staff

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