In a field where longevity is rare, the long-term success of Bethany Rooney’s career has defied the odds of Hollywood. Rooney has been at the helm for over two hundred episodes of prime time television for over thirty years, including many critically acclaimed series such as Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal and Brothers & Sisters, and the American long-running classics NCIS and Criminal Minds.
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 Diversity Committee, as well as the 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 at multiple studio and network directing programs, and in directing classes on many university campuses. The second edition of the book was published in April 2016.
"I Have Four Days to Edit My Directors Cut": Bethany Rooney on Directing TV Filmmaker Magazine interview by Jim Hemphill