SPOTLIGHT ON: Bethany Rooney
Released: Monday, August 25, 2014

In a business where only sixteen percent of film directors are women, the long-term success of Bethany Rooney’s career has defied the odds of Hollywood. Rooney has been at the helm for nearly two-hundred hours of prime time television for over twenty five years, including many critically acclaimed series such as Scandal, Arrow, and Nashville and the American long-running classics Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal, and Brothers & Sisters.

Her reputation as an actor’s director who leads with gentle command has made her part of an elite group of television industry leaders. She serves as the co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee and shares her knowledge of the craft by teaching the intensive Warner Brothers Directing Workshop. Her book (co-authored with Mary Lou Belli), Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing is being utilized in directing classes on many university campuses, including Tisch Asia School of Arts, Full Sail University, Chapman University, Arizona State, Vancouver Film School, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, and Columbia College (Chicago).

Bethany Rooney

 

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