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Take Note: A Conversation with 1st AD Nina Jack

Photo of Nina Jack, by Tracy Knittel, Daily Collegian.

In a way, this is a homecoming for our next guest--Nina Jack, a 1994 graduate of Penn State, began her television career as a camera operator at this station. She has gone on to work as First Assistant Director on some of television's biggest hits, including “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” 

Actor Jonathan Banks says, "In my 45 years in the business, Nina Jack is hands down the best A.D. I've ever seen."

We'll talk with her about the job of First AD, about her promotion to producer of the new series “Better Call Saul,” and about how dancing for Penn State's THON inspired her participation in endurance events that benefit a variety of charities.

Patty Satalia was a senior producer/host for WPSU-TV and FM from 1987 to 2017. Prior to joining Penn State Public Broadcasting, she worked in commercial television in Pittsburgh, first as a film editor and fill-in capsule news anchor for WPGH-TV, and later, for WPTT-TV as public affairs director and co-host of the talk-show, People, Places and Things.
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