JAFFAR MAHMOOD was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and his M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The issues Jaffar faced growing up bi-racial became the inspiration for his feature directorial debut, Shades of Ray. Executive produced by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher), the independent film stars Zachary Levi (Chuck). It won awards at film festivals around the world enabling Jaffar to sell the distribution rights to Alliance Films. Shades of Ray then 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 and Go On. In 2013, Warner Bros. invited Jaffar to attend the inaugural Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop. Jaffar pivoted back to ABC to direct the 2012, 2013, and 2014 ABC Television Diversity Talent Showcase. 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.