Pioneer director Neema Barnette (Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane) has joined season 3 of the hit NBC series The Blind Spot.  The popular network series focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who is found naked inside a travel bag in Times Square by the FBI, with no recollection of her own past or her own identity. They discover that her tattoos contain clues to crimes they will have to solve.

Recently, Barnette directed an episode in season 4 of Amazon’s upcoming series Bosch, and was chosen by powerhouse film director Ava DuVernay to join the all female directorial team of the OWN hit series Queen Sugar to serve as director/producer of the series during the first season. In her director/producer role, Barnette directed two episodes herself, and helped to mentor other directors as they transitioned from from television to film throughout the entire production.  Shortly after her work on Queen Sugar Barnette went on to direct episodes of the Vh1 series The Breaks in addition to episodes in seasons 3 and 4 of the BET fan favorite Being Mary Jane.

Barnette remains a pillar in the television and film community where she is known for breaking down barriers for women and people of color. In 1986, while only 25 years old, Barnette became the first African-American woman to direct a sitcom, and, years later, the first to earn a production deal from a major studio. She then went on to accumulate an immense body of episodic work that ranges from classics such as The Cosby Show and A Different World, and has directed classic films such as Civil Brand and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day.

Barnette currently owns her own production company, Hope Entertainment, and has served as a professor at USC, UCLA, and AFI.  She also has an ongoing web series with her husband called Black History Mini Docs which are 90 second docs about black history.

Season 3 of Blind Spot returns on January 12th on NBC.