JAFFAR MAHMOOD received his M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Jaffar has directed for numerous sit-coms including Modern Family, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, Santa Clarita Diet, Life in Pieces, and The Middle, to name a few.
He is currently the Producing Director on CBS’s Young Sheldon.
Jaffar’s path to success began in Toms River, New Jersey, The issues he faced growing up bi-racial became the inspiration for his feature directorial debut, Shades of Ray. Executive produced by Jake Kasdan (New Girl), the independent film stars Zachary Levi (Chuck). It won awards at film festivals around the world. Shades of Ray landed Jaffar a spot in the 2010 – 2012 Disney/ABC DGA Directing Program where he was chosen to shadow on Grey’s Anatomy and Happy Endings. After impressing executives as one of the directors of the 2011 NBC’s Diversity Scene Showcase, Jaffar was fortunate enough to also be selected for the NBC Director Fellowship where he was hand-picked to shadow on Community, Go On, and Parks and Recreation. In 2013, Warner Bros. invited Jaffar to attend the inaugural Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop. The following year Jaffar directed/created Courtside, a short comedic web series that got the attention of executives at HBO. They invited Jaffar to shadow on the HBO comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. In late 2014, Jaffar booked his first network television directing gig—NBC’s About a Boy. In addition to directing, Jaffar participated in the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, won the 2010 New Writers Award given by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, and was a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Master of Fine Arts, The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts
Bachelor of Arts, Tufts University, Economics