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Being a TV Showrunner’s Assistant ft. Sydney Mitchel (NCIS: New Orleans/Outcast) and Zimran Jacob (Marvel’s The Punisher) (PT76)

Alex and Nick invite Sydney Mitchel from NCIS: New Orleans & Outcast, and Zimran Jacob from Marvel’s The Punisher, to discuss the responsibilities, duties, and opportunities of being a TV showrunner’s assistant.

What does the job of a showrunner’s assistant entail? How do you get hired on a show? What does a typical work-day look like? How do assistants communicate with their showrunner? How creatively involved are showrunner’s assistants? What amount of notes and feedback do showrunners get? How can you balance working long hours and writing your own scripts?

The Paper Team gets an in…



Working in television, what a showrunner does, hiring process, duties of a showrunner’s assistant, day-to-day, communicating with the showrunner, creative involvement, shooting and production, post-production, calls and meetings, tips and advice for showrunner’s assistants, balance work and life, future projects (01:01)
Resources and Next Week On (45:20)


Zimran Jacob on Twitter
Sydney Mitchel on IMDb
NCIS: New Orleans airs Tuesdays 10/9c on CBS
Outcast available on Cinemax
Marvel’s The Punisher available on Netflix
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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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