Prep to Post: Directing an Episode of NBC’s “Grand Crew”
- 60 mins
Director Maureen Bharoocha gives a breakdown of the episode that she directed this season from NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy “Grand Crew.” She will discuss the skills she developed as a successful independent feature filmmaker that she had to adapt in her transition to television directing. She will also share her experience in NBCU LAUNCH’s Female Forward directing program that culminated with her television directorial debut on Peacock’s “Saved By the Bell.” Moderated by Robert Baltazar, Vice President of TV Programming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at NBCUniversal, the panel is part of NBCU LAUNCH’s Talk series that provides candid conversations and valuable resources to inspire the current and next generation of creative talent in television.
Previously Maureen was a segment director on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for three seasons and started her career with her short film, Abajee (shot on the streets of Karachi), which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Maureen was commissioned by Sprinkles Cupcakes to write and directed films based on their cupcake flavors.
Maureen is half Irish Catholic and half Indian-Pakistani Burmese Muslim. She enjoys telling stories about complicated characters, bending genres and is a master at tone. She has directed episodes of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumber in Berlin, NBC’s Grand Crew and the series Edith!, a narrative podcast by QCode starring Rosamund Pike.
Maureen was on HBO’s Director’s List 2018, named one of Indie Wire’s rising Female Directors in 2020, nominated for the SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Visionary Directing Award 2020 and won The El Paso Film Fest Best Director 2022.
Robert Baltazar is NBCU LAUNCH’s Vice President, TV Programming DEI, servicing NBC, NBCU’s cable networks, streaming platform Peacock, as well as the Universal Studio Group. In this role, he oversees the TV creative talent development Launch programs for both scripted and unscripted, such as the NBC LAUNCH TV Writers Program, the TV Directors Program and Female Forward, the New Mexico Directors Initiative, and the Unscripted Producers Initiative.