Director Peter Werner and actress Megan Boone on the set of THE BLACKLIST

Workshops & Lectures


An Introduction to Creative Work in Television with Peter Werner

Saturday, April 26

Part 1: 9:00AM — 12:30PM

Part 2: 2:00PM — 5:30PM

Part 3: 7:00PM — 10:00PM

Location: SWAMP Offices

1519 West Main/Houston, TX 77006(map)

In recent years, the quality and popularity of episodic television now rivals or exceeds that of most feature productions. Popular programs such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead have gone a long way towards increasing viewer expectations, whetting audience’s appetites worldwide for engrossing storytelling, creating an incredibly lucrative market as demand for episodic content increases.

The skillset required for working in television is essentially the same as that needed for feature productions, however, the roles of a director and that of a producer (referred to as the “Show Runner” in television) are reversed: in television, it is the Show Runner who executes a show’s creative direction.

It all begins with simple storytelling. Emmy® nominated and Academy Award® winning director Peter Werner will lead an intensive all-day workshop designed to give a simple overview of the industry, provide an understanding of the basics of behind-the-scenes workings of a production, share professional insights into directing episodic television, and lead simple exercises in blocking actors and storyboarding, while inspiring those wanting to adapt their artistic vision to television’s creative format.

“Peter Werner’s remarkable work behind the camera has made him one of the most sought after TV directors in the industry. Having studied under Peter, I was frankly surprised and inspired by how openly and selflessly he shares his wealth of knowledge and wisdom with his students. I learned so much about the craft of directing from him and will be employing some of his techniques to my own process.”—Michelle Mower, Writer-Director, The Preacher’s Daughter


Peter Werner is an award-winning director with an extensive background in both television and film. He most recently added Justified, Grimm, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Law and Order: S.V.U., The Blacklist, and Unforgettable to his list of television credits which also include multiple episodes of Medium, Army Wives, Law & Order: CI, Ghost Whisperer, and Boomtown. He was the primary director for the first two seasons of Moonlighting, with one of his episodes garnering a vote as one of the top 50 in television history by T.V. Guide.

Mr. Werner has also directed numerous television pilots including Suburban Sleuths for Lifetime, D.E.A and Ghost Cop for FOX, Outlaws and Men for Universal, and Nash Bridges for CBS.

He has been at the helm of more than twenty Mini- Series and Movies of the Week including Lifetime’s Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, which earned him an Emmy® nomination. He also received Emmy nominations for L.B.J.: The Early Years, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes, and Moonlighting as well as multiple Director’s Guild nominations. He won an Ace Award for The Image on HBO with a cast that included Albert Finney, John Mahoney and Brad Pitt.

Werner has several feature and short film credits to his name including No Man’s Land with Charlie Sheen, Don’t Cry, Its Only Thunder, and he won an Academy Award for In the Region of Ice, which he adapted from a short story by Joyce Carol Oates. He has also directed and edited a number of documentaries including Frances Flaherty: Hidden and Seeking and Findhorn.

The father of three, Mr. Werner is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He received a Masters in Teaching from Antioch. He also holds an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute for which he served on the Board. He has lectured widely and when he’s not behind the camera, you can find him cheering on the Red Sox, snapping on a pair of cross-country skis or perusing a good history book.

MISSION: The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) promotes the creation and appreciation of film, video, and new media as art forms of a multicultural community.