NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced a new initiative at the network called "Female Forward". The program will allow ten female directors to shadow several episodes of an NBC series. Then, they will direct one episode on their own. The aim is to get more females directing episodic dramas.
“It’s been a collective and urgent goal of ours to identify more female directors. We strongly believe women can and should be at the forefront of telling compelling stories, and I hope the guaranteed directing component will have real impact on our shows as well as the industry,” said Salke.