NBCUniversal, Goodwill collaborate on production assistant program

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
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May 4—New Mexico continues to grow its crew base thanks to programs from its film partners like Netflix and NBCUniversal.

On Tuesday, NBCUniversal announced a Production Assistant (P.A.) Training Program in New Mexico.

The program will be a collaboration between NBCUniversal and Goodwill Industries of New Mexico.

According to NBCUniversal, the Production Assistant (P.A.) Training program will be a two-day comprehensive, intensive and immersive work-based job training program that provides an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of a film or television production.

It will take place in Albuquerque on May 22-23 and will be free of charge to selected New Mexico residents interested in pursuing a career in film and television production.

The program trains individuals from diverse backgrounds for the job of Production Assistant, which is a common entry-level gateway into the entertainment industry.

"It's essential that we as an industry continue to break down the barriers that exist for underrepresented talent, and programs like these provide an important entry point for a next generation of production talent that historically has not had the opportunity," said Janine Jones-Cark, Executive Vice President of Inclusion — Talent & Content, Film, TV & Streaming, NBCUniversal. "We are thrilled to partner with Goodwill New Mexico on an invaluable training program like this, which we aim to be a launching pad that leads to employment opportunities and career momentum for its participants."

According to Jones-Clark, the training program is designed to train Set and Office Production Assistants.

"Participants will learn everything necessary to walk on any film or television set and do the job right from day one," she said.

Jones-Clark said although a job after the training is not guaranteed, film and television production is increasing in New Mexico, therefore the need for qualified P.A.s is rising as well.

Goodwill NM and NBCUniversal encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. Interested residents can learn more and apply online at goodwillnm.org/production-assistant-training.

All applicants will be interviewed by phone prior to their acceptance. Phone appointments will be set-up by email. Applicants must be able to attend training on both training days and be able to accept Production Assistant work in New Mexico in the next several months.

Space is limited, so residents are encouraged to apply immediately.

"Goodwill is dedicated to helping the people of New Mexico achieve their employment goals, and is excited to partner with NBCU to open doors to film and TV industry careers," said Shauna Kastle, CEO, Goodwill of NM. "Our hope with the P.A. training is that we can teach anyone interested how to be successful the day that they step on set, and that they will find a career that advances their future and opportunities."