Chicago Fire, Chicago Med to feature new directors next season

New Chicago Med and Chicago Fire directors are among the Female Forward and Emerging Director class of 2019-2020. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
New Chicago Med and Chicago Fire directors are among the Female Forward and Emerging Director class of 2019-2020. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

New directors are coming to Chicago Fire season 8 and Chicago Med season 5 as part of the next class of NBC’s Female Forward program.

Two directors will make their TV debuts on Chicago Med and Chicago Fire this season, thanks to NBC‘s Female Forward directing program.

Female Forward announced its sophomore class on Wednesday, and Brenna Malloy will direct a Chicago Fire season 8 episode while SJ Main Munoz will be behind the camera for an installment of Chicago Med season 5.

Which episodes they’re directing, and when those episodes air, will be revealed at a later date.

Malloy is a California native who won a Student Academy Award in 2016 for her master’s thesis film Rocket, and holds an Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production with an emphasis in directing from Chapman University.

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Before being selected for Female Forward, she previously participated in the HALF Initiative from TV producer and showrunner Ryan Murphy, and shadowed the director for an episode of Murphy’s own first-responder drama 9-1-1.

SJ Main Munoz made history when she was the first woman to intern in the Feature Development division at DreamWorks.

Not only does she have two decades of experience working in film and TV production, she also holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from EGS Switzerland.

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The first year of Female Forward brought three strong directors into the One Chicago world, and they ended up being responsible for some of last season’s biggest episodes.

Olivia Newman directed “What Will Define You,” the episode where Chicago Fire said goodbye to Benny Severide; Christine Swanson worked on “Black and Blue,” which was a standout Chicago PD installment; and Daniela de Carlo helmed Chicago Med‘s “The Space Between Us,” where a vehicle plowed into the hospital.

The program also had former Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund directing Law & Order: SVU this past season.

It’s found some great talent so far, so fans will want to watch and see what these two new ladies bring to the table (and hopefully we’ll see last year’s class return to direct more episodes as well). The only bummer is that right now, Chicago PD isn’t part of the plan, but perhaps that will change as we get closer to the new season—because there’s always room for new talent and new voices in our fandom.

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