With another group of TV Academy Foundation interns learning the ropes this summer, we thought it would be highly instructive to check in with an alum of the vaunted program to find out how it helped them gain footing on the Hollywood ladder.
Jennifer Celotta, an Emmy nominated writer-producer with NBC’s The Office (pictured, with genial show co-star John Krasinski), says her TV Academy Foundation internship in 1993 proved to be an invaluable launching pad. Straight out of Boston University, she landed an eight-week summer assignment with Home Improvement. At the time, the Tim Allen sitcom was taping a third smash season and Celotta says it offered her an unusually high level of support and encouragement.
“It put me on a show where people were willing to mentor and help new people get in,” Celotta tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “Some of my friends ended up on shows where they were not able to move up, there just was not that belief of a new generation of people being let in the door.”