NM resident picked for NBCUniversal director initiative

Jocelyn Jansons

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Jocelyn Jansons is no stranger to the New Mexico film industry.

She’s been making a name for herself by winning with films at the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase and being named as the George RR Martin Screenwriter Award recipient.

The New Mexico resident added to her journey with being named as the first participant of NBCUniversal’s New Mexico Directors Initiative.

The program provides mentoring and shadowing opportunities to up-and-coming film and television professionals and creates a pipeline of in-state talent for future productions. It is part of NBCUniversal’s deal with the state in becoming a film partner.

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Jansons joined the production of Universal Television and Peacock’s upcoming “MacGruber” series, which is filming at the NBCUniversal production hub in Albuquerque.

“I’m so grateful to NBCUniversal as well as to the executive producers of ‘MacGruber’ for inviting me to be a part of the New Mexico Directors Initiative. I’ve learned so much during my time on set and now feel prepared to direct episodic TV, particularly comedy,” Jansons said. “I especially want to thank directors Jorma Taccone and John Solomon and MacGruber himself, Will Forte, for welcoming me into their magical, hilarious world and for so generously sharing their insights and knowledge with me.”

Alicia J. Keyes, Cabinet secretary of New Mexico Economic Development Department, said NBCUniversal offered the State of New Mexico the Directors Initiative as part of its film partnership agreement, which encourages studios to make a long-term commitment to the state and to workforce development.

“Opportunities like the Directors Initiative are rare outside Hollywood,” Keyes said. “We are pleased NBCUniversal is helping to train local residents who will become the next generation of leaders in this growing industry. These investments in our workforce benefit New Mexico and the industry.”

The initiative marked a return for Jansons to NBCUniversal.

She began her professional career at NBC as a teen host and reporter interviewing Andy Warhol, the NY Mets and Iron Maiden for two Emmy-Award winning series, “Fast Forward” and “Kids Just Kids,” and as an assistant to Maria Shriver on “Sunday Today.”

In Los Angeles, she was associate producer on “Chuck & Buck” and directed reality television for E! and Essential Entertainment.

She is the founder and director of the nonprofit New Mexico Girls Make Movies and taught the producing track of the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive at the College of Santa Fe.

Her current project, “Wolf” is set to shoot in June 2022, as well as a 13-episode dramedy series set in the ’90s that she wrote with her writing partner, Laurence Dumortier.

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