Behind the Scenes
Learn about the role of 1st AD
A Freedom Rider Remembers
Experience the Civil Rights Movement through a first-hand account.
The Life and Work of Andrew Wyeth
Find out what it’s like to grow up in the “first family of American art.”
The Lasting Impact of Child Maltreatment
How does chlildhood abuse impact life as an adult?
Linda Patterson Miller
Writers of the Lost Generation
How did the relationships of America’s great writers affect their work?
The Sex-Wise Parent
The way you talk with your children about sex could save them from serious harm.
The “T” Community
Gain a better understanding of what it means to be a transgender person.
America’s Role in the World
Learn about the relationship between foreign policy and nuclear weapons.
Discover what’s being done to stop the spread of infectious diseases.
- 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
- Activism/Civil Rights Movement
- American Indian Identity
- Art & Design, Publishing
- Art, Caregiving
- Art, Filmmaking
- Black Middle Class
- Child Abuse
- Chinese Culture
- Climate Change
- Climate Change
- Collegiate Athletics
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Nina Jack discusses her professional journey from working as a part-timer at WPSX-TV to becoming the 1st assistant director of some of the hottest series on television.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Nina Jack graduated from Penn State’s Film and Video program in 1994. In 1995, she was one of seven applicants accepted into the Director’s Guild of America Training Program in New York. She has worked on some of TV’s biggest hits, including Mad Men and Breaking Bad, for which she was 1st Assistant Director. Currently, she is a producer for the new AMC series Better Call Saul.
Jack’s work has been recognized with a number of nominations and awards and nominations including the 2014 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series DGA Award as part of Vince Gilligan’s Directing Team for “Felina.”
Inspired by her experience as a dancer in Penn State’s THON, she continues to participate in athletic endurance to fundraise for a variety of non-profits including the Diabetes Association, Team in Training, Avon Breast Cancer Research, Livestrong, Arthritis Foundation, and Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.
More on Nina Jack
More from the Interview
- Working as a 1st Assistant Director
- Hollywood Sexist? Female Directors Still Missing in Action
- The Real Fiction In Hollywood: Women Can’t Make Movies
- DGA: Assistant Director Training Program
- Is Television the New Cinema
- Breaking Bad Official Website
PENN STATE CONNECTION
WHERE TO WATCH
July 3rd @ 8:00 PM on WPSU-TV
ABOUT THE HOST
Veteran interviewer Patty Satalia hosts in-depth conversations with a broad range of remarkable people.