Viacom Program Finds the Next Generation of Directing Talent

Behind the Viacom development program that creates opportunity for industry outsiders.

By Stuart Winchester

Two years ago, Elvira Ibragimova was working at an upscale Manhattan architecture firm, designing a pavilion that would sit at the junction of Uber’s new headquarters and the Golden State Warriors’ new San Francisco arena.

The glamorous job could have been a tidy endpoint for Ibragimova, who left Uzbekistan for the United States with her family at age 10, a refugee considered endangered in the former Soviet Union for her mixed Jewish-Muslim heritage.

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