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Department of State

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Motion Picture Commission and NBCUniversal Announce Third Diverse Production Assistant Bootcamp

Free Diverse Production Assistant Training Program Open To 30 New Jersey Residents

ATLANTIC CITY , NJ -The Motion Picture and Television Commission encourages New Jersey residents interested in pursuing a career in film and television production to apply for the upcoming Production Assistant Bootcamp scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 in Atlantic City.

The Diverse Production Assistant (P.A.) Bootcamp training program is a two-day thorough, intensive, real-world work-based job training program that provides an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of a film/TV production. The program trains individuals from diverse backgrounds for the job of Production Assistant, which is the entry level gateway into the entertainment industry as it has been for many highly successful producers, directors and crew currently working in the industry. 

The training program is provided free of charge to accepted participants, thanks to the generous sponsorship of NBCUniversal. December’s P.A. Bootcamp, conducted in partnership with the Atlantic City Film Commission, will be third of its kind sponsored by NBCUniversal in New Jersey. Thus far, 57 New Jersey residents from diverse backgrounds have participated in the P.A. Bootcamps.

Following her successful completion of the program earlier this year, A'layeah Joisanne, a 24-year old resident of Montclair, was immediately hired as a production assistant on the Universal Television series “The Enemy Within,” which filmed in New Jersey.  “Attending the P.A. Bootcamp helped me develop the skills, experience, and relationships I need to not only get a job as a production assistant, but truly hit the ground running,” said Josianne. “Thanks to this program, I am embarking on my dream career and I have the tools and knowledge I need to be an asset on set to the cast and crew.”

The two-day weekend 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. Although a job after the Bootcamp is not guaranteed, with an increase in film and television production in the State, the demand for qualified P.A.s has risen.

Interested residents can learn more at and apply via email. Write to: and place Atlantic City Bootcamp in the subject line. The email should include your name, email, phone number and a short paragraph explaining why you want to attend.

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 Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 and be able to accept Production Assistant work in New Jersey in the next several months.

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

About the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission:
The commission, formed in 1978, is staffed by industry professionals and serves as a resource for production companies. New Jersey currently offers tax incentives for film/television productions including a diversity bonus. Learn more at or contact the commission at

About NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal is one the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


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