Jan Eliasberg

Jan Eliasberg is a director, writer and producer known for creating evocative material featuring performances from today’s most compelling actors.

Jan Eliasberg Jan’s prolific directing career includes the feature film, PAST MIDNIGHT, dramatic pilots for CBS, NBC and ABC, as well as multiple episodes of television series, including, most recently, NASHVILLE, PARENTHOOD, BLUE BLOODS, RECKLESS; UNFORGETTABLE; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, CRIMINAL MINDS and countless others.

Jan’s film and television directing career was launched when she was hand-picked by Michael Mann to be the first female director on MIAMI VICE. She quickly repeated the feat on other shows by becoming the first woman to direct multiple episodes of CRIME STORY and WISEGUY. Jan was not only a director, but also writer and producer on NBC/WB’s acclaimed family drama, SISTERS.

Her original screenplay, HEART OF THE ATOM, earned her a place in the prestigious Fox Writer’s Intensive, is currently the top screenplay on The Black List, topped the BBC Short List, Best Screenplays, 2014, and was selected for Film Independent’s Producer’s Lab.

Jan wrote W.A.S.P., about the Women Air Service Pilots in World War II, for Cameron Diaz and Nicole Kidman at Fox 2000, and THE GEMCUTTER, a magical family-film with Jan attached to direct at Sony. Additionally she’s written two music-driven films for Warner Brothers. As writer/director/executive producer, Jan sold the pilot, SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, to CBS. She sold the pilots, THE BLUE WALL, with Angela Bassett attached, and FEARLESS to Fox Television Studios. Most recently, she wrote the pilot, SALEM, (with co-writer, Misha Rasovich) for FilmEngine, Fox Studios and FX.

Currently she’s completing TRAVELING LIGHT, a low budget feature which she will direct, adapted from her own novel.

A graduate of Wesleyan University (magna cum laude) and the directing program of Yale School of Drama, Jan has directed plays at The Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, and the Royal Court Theatre in London. She has guest lectured at USC School for Cinematic Studies, the Sundance Lab, Yale School of Drama, the Wesleyan Program for Writers, and is a Visiting Arts Professor at NYU/Tisch Film School.

  • I have two words to say about director, Jan Eliasberg: Very. Talented.

    Michael Mann
  • Jan did such an amazing job on Nashville, we’re only sorry that we didn’t hire her sooner…

    Jo DiSante, Executive Director, ABC Entertainment Group
  • Amazing job, Jan. Really wonderful work with the camera and with the actors. Such taste! Such passion! Thanks again for all you did and for being so great to work with.

    Lawrence Trilling, Executive Producer of Parenthood
  • Visually assured, strong storytelling. I particularly appreciated Jan’s ability to roll with the punches and maintain her creative focus. Job well done.

    Executive Producer of Criminal Minds
  • It was a tough ask of any director – let alone a first time director on the series – to step up at the eleventh hour to shoot what became, essentially, a new script. Jan did an incredible job.

    Shane Brennan, Executive Producer of NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Jan didn’t let a single scene go to film without finding great moments… some I didn’t even know were there. A superb job all around. Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg were never better. Bravo!

    Kevin Wade, Executive Producer of Blue Bloods


Featured work by director, writer and producer Jan Eliasberg.

Heart Of The Atom
The Gemcutter
Traveling Light


Director Jan Eliasberg

Selected Episodic Tv Directing Credits

ABC/Lionsgate Studios
CBS/Sony Television Studios
In Plain Sight
CBS/CBS Studios
NBC/ABC Studios
Criminal Minds
CW/Warner Brothers


Past Midnight
New Line Cinema/Cinetel Films


CBS/Stephen J. Cannell Productions
San Berdoo
ABC/Spelling Entertainment
Lovers, Partners & Spies
NBC/Edgar Scherick


Past Midnight
New Line Cinema/Cinetel Films
Wiseguy (Pilot)
CBS/Steven J. Cannell Productions


The Doctor
Best U.S. Short Fiction Film, Los Angeles Film Festival

Feature Screenwriting

Traveling Light
Heart of the Atom
Fox 2000
The Gemcutter
Paul Schiff, Producer – Sony Pictures
Mi Corazon
New Line
Heart’N Soul
Jerry Weintraub, Producer – Warner Brothers


Creator/Writer/Executive Producer – FOX Studios
Co-creator/Writer/Executive Producer – FilmEngine/FX
Writer/Producer/Director – Warner Brothers/NBC
Spirit of St. Louis
Creator/Writer/Executive Producer – CBSP/CBS
The Blue Wall
Creator/Writer/Executive Producer – FOX Studios

Fox Writers Intensive Fellow
Film Independent Fellow (Producer’s Lab) – HEART OF THE ATOM
Sloan Foundation Grant/Tribeca Institute – HEART OF THE ATOM
B.B.C. Short List – Best Screenplays – HEART OF THE ATOM
The Black List 2015 – HEART OF THE ATOM
Francis Ford Coppola Writing Fellowship
Jakobsen Fellowship for Fiction
Dorothy Arzner Directing Award
Imagen Award for Excellence in Directing
Best Short Fiction Film, Los Angeles Film Festival
LA Weekly Award, Best Director
Orange County Critics Association Award for Best Directing
Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts
Fellow, New York State Council on the Arts
Directing Fellow, Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. 


Latest News

Latest shows, news and updates.

Unforgettable’s Season Premiere


Jan’s episode of UNFORGETTABLE, entitled “Til Death…” is the series season premiere, airing on CBS on April 4th. Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie

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An Interview with Mark Travis

Director Jan Eliasberg

“When you’re lying in bed at night, your parent comes in and tells you a story. You’re sitting round the campfire and you’re telling stories.

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