May 08, 2015
Believe it or not, Emmy Award-winning producer Jason Mammen '00 knew from the age of 8 that he wanted to "make TV." Unfortunately, everyone assumed that meant he wanted to be an actor. "According to my parents, [this] would frustrate me and I'd often be left trying to explain that, 'No I don't want to be on TV, I want to make it," Mammen said.
At the time, an Emmy was probably the last thing on Mammen's young mind. But by the time the Voorhees, N.J., native graduated from Susquehanna University, he knew it was an achievable goal. "I don't know that I expected it," he said, "but I certainly believed that I could. Why not me, right?"
Mammen's "why-not-me" attitude was cemented by his experiences at Susquehanna. "Having small classes really allowed you to get into the nitty gritty of your education process. You had no choice other than to be involved. There was no hiding in the back of the classroom," he said.
Moreover, he learned a lot by essentially plotting his own path in the then-budding broadcasting program, which didn't have a specific track for television production.
"As a mass communications major, I just kind of picked electives and built my own class schedule based on what I thought would be useful," Mammen explained. "I think having to figure out what worked best in that way really helped make me a 'doer' and to anticipate what was needed to get the end result I wanted to achieve."
And achieve he has. Last year, he won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Edited Event Coverage, and on May 5, he accepted a second golden statue for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series. Both recognized his work on Showtime's All Access.
Before joining Showtime Networks, he was a producer for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, as well as CBS' Inside Edition.
An avid sports fan and athlete in high school, Mammen made the leap from news to sports three years ago. And, as he says, "With two Emmys in less than three years on the job, I'd say it has worked out."