Careers

Join Participant Media! Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@participantmedia.com, with the position you are applying for in the subject of the email.

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Current positions:

Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs and Impact

Research Analyst

Jr. Publicist

Coordinator, Social Action – Film Campaigns & Programming

Manager, Social Action – Digital Campaigns & Programming

Creative Producer (Temporary)

Manager, Operations Asset

Traffic Coordinator

Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs and Impact

Public Affairs and Impact (PAI) is a newly formed group within Participant Media’s Social Action Department and is responsible for the development of social-issues strategies and impact research.  In addition to other responsibilities, the group works closely with Social Action’s campaign development team to help guide the initial direction of campaigns and evaluate the effectiveness of those efforts.

The Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs & Impact, will support and – in some cases, drive – a mix of issues-advocacy and issues-focused communication, policy and legislation tracking, internal and external writing, archival research, events planning, coordination and facilitation with D.C. and nationwide influencers (NGOs; local, state, federal government; private sector; academia), and develop deep expertise in Participant’s core issue areas.

Responsibilities:

  • Track key issues across the advocacy arena, key government agencies, federal and state legislation.
  • Write public-facing and internal documents, including contributing material for issue briefs and white papers.
  • Support the PAI group’s role in working with the campaign development team.
  • Develop and maintain an issues database.
  • As needed, support events planning, logistics, high-level organization, etc.

Background & Skills:

  • 2-3 years out of college, ideally with one year or a high-level internship or fellowship serving in an issues (legislative assistant) or press capacity on Capitol Hill.
  • Undergraduate degree in communications or public affairs preferred – political science or political communication undergraduate degree or experience also a plus.
  • Strong writing and archival research background.
  • Fast, efficient, organized, proven multi-tasker.
  • Campaign and/or agency experience a plus.

Location: LA Office

 Research Analyst

This role provides a critical supporting analytic role, assuring that recurring reports are issued accurately and on time.  The Analyst supports the research department (Director and SVP) with all aspects of audience analysis (compiling research reports, data preparation) interpreting media research results to aid in business decisions for programming, ad sales, marketing and affiliate sales.  Additionally, this role will also have exposure to all facets of media research: quantitative, qualitative, TV, online, mobile and social.

Responsibilities:

  • Create, maintain and share standard research reports using various tools (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc)
  • Analyze & interpret national and local market data
  • Implement assigned projects and ad-hoc requests independently with periodic guidance
  • Cultivate knowledge of Pivot and the overall TV landscape
  • Additional duties as needed

Skills:

  • Strong analytical & problem-solving skills and detail oriented
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Familiarity with media research products (Nielsen, comScore etc), proficiency in Rentrak TV Essentials and MRI a plus
  • Data visualization skills desirable
  • Ability to work in an evolving environment

Basic Qualification:

  • Minimum 1-2 years relevant work experience in research/data analysis

Location: NYC Office

Jr. Publicist

Participant Media is seeking a Jr. Publicist to join the Communications team.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone who has experience in entertainment public relations and is driven by a desire to better the world through social action.

The Jr. Publicist will split their time between Participant’s television network, Pivot, and digital initiatives through TakePart.com, but has the opportunity to work on projects across all areas of the company including film, events and social action.  We are looking for a creative thinker to help craft consumer campaigns to generate coverage and drive awareness for our social action initiatives.

This is a fast paced office environment and we are looking for someone who can juggle multiple projects at once, is organized, has attention to detail, and ability to consistently meet deadlines. Some travel required.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President of Communications with a dotted line to the Director of Public Relations for all activities related to Pivot Television Network.

Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead outreach for acquired series, specials and documentaries for Pivot. Support TakePart.com feature stories and breaking news.
  • Responsible for writing media alerts, and pitches. Draft press releases as needed.  Work with the press to deliver assets as requested.
  • A key team member in the planning and execution of high-profile events including TCA, SXSW and Upfronts.
  • Responsible for tracking television, digital and social good awards and submissions.
  • Key contact working with Director of Public Relations on coordination of set visits, unit photo, clips, etc. Responsible for maintaining inventory of assets in coordination with the Communications Coordinator.
  • Work in coordination with the Participant Events team to book talent travel for media appearances and events; responsible for coordinating talent hair and make-up, and tracking budget.  Maintain talent schedules/calendars.

Requirements:

  • 3-4 years public relations experience; familiar with digital media and television industry.

Location: LA Office

Coordinator, Social Action – Film Campaigns & Programming

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Coordinate the following activities:

  • Contributing to the development of ideas and themes for social action campaigns for films, including elements for Pivot and TakePart
  • Conducting research for each film to understand issues, context and potential partners
  • Assisting in developing partnerships with NGOs, foundations and other campaign partners and executing various elements of the partnership(s)
  • Creating necessary materials (written and digital) to pitch campaign initiatives to executives, film partners, talent, and distributors
  • Helping to evaluate and report on campaigns and outcomes (success of campaigns and success of each partnership)
  • Building and maintaining timelines to ensure film campaign deadlines are known and met

Collaborate with other Social Action groups by:

  • Participating in and contributing to all relevant meetings
  • Coordinating opportunities to integrate film campaigns into both Pivot and TakePart
  • Coordinating opportunities to build strategic alliances and develop impact strategies for film campaigns

Collaborate with other divisions of Participant Media by:

  • Representing Social Action in all relevant film meetings, convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Liaising with all relevant divisions, as necessary, for all maters relevant to Social Action film campaigns & programming

Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Location: LA Office

Manager, Social Action – Digital Campaigns & Programming

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Manage online Social Action campaign initiatives by:

  • Managing projects related to execution of online Social Action campaigns
  • Act as key liaison between partners, NGO’s and vendors related to Social Action campaigns
  • Conducting research to support and understand issues, context and potential online partners for social action efforts
  • Advising Participant Digital on the most current and cutting-edge mobile and online tools, sites, tactics, and trends in digital social action
    • Helping to identify viral opportunities to amplify social action and impact of TakePart

Manage online “actions database” to fuel and support Participant Digital’s content and tools by:

  • Cultivating and maintaining a list of calls-to-action that empower the TakePart audience around key issues of interest
  • Monitoring actions to ensure resonance with audience and greatest potential impact
  • Researching the effectiveness of all digital social actions and providing insights

Develop and manage NGO relationships to support Participant Digital’s priorities

Collaborate with other Social Action groups by:

  • Conducting and sharing research and insights about effective strategies for digital social action and impact
  • Participating in and contributing to all relevant meetings

Collaborate with other divisions of Participant Media by:

  • Conducting and sharing research and insights about effective strategies for digital social action and impact
  • Representing Social Action in all relevant digital meetings, convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Liaising with all relevant divisions, as necessary, for all maters relevant to Social Action digital campaigns & programming

Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Location: LA Office

Creative Producer (Temporary)

The Creative Producer role is responsible for creating non-show video content for air and clients – both internal and external – through copywriting, producing, and editing. The role is primarily responsible for on-air promotions, but also includes sizzle reels, image spots, social action campaigns, anthem spots, integrated brand marketing and sales pieces, and other projects as assigned. All materials must be delivered to spec, on time, on budget, and error-free.  Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Responsibilities:

Our Creative Producers are content creators who have a strong combination of media production skills.

  • Write and produce on-air promos for Pivot television network series, movies, and specials.
  • Copywriting
  • Frame-accurate editing and post of original content
  • Select and edit music from our licensed music libraries or popular music where appropriate
  • Application of design package
  • Versioning of all assets
  • Management of time and deadlines
  • Take direction and respond to notes from various clients
  • Manage multiple creative projects at once
  • Deliver final work to spec

Requirements:

  • Mastery of various post-production software and systems including, but not limited to, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut 7, Media Encoder.
  • Experience in on-air promotion with a reel representing work
  • Strong creative vision
  • Copywriting ability
  • Familiarity with on-air promo practices and conventions
  • Working knowledge of current artistic and creative trends and techniques
  • Highly organized and with an astute attention to detail
  • Must be able to take direction and respond appropriately to notes from internal and external clients.

Location: LA Office

Manager, Operations Asset

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Responsibilities:

  • Frontline of communication between post-production facilities, external labs, and our broadcast facility.
  • Manage, track, and report on all inbound and outbound media assets to ensure success in a deadline-driven broadcast environment.
  • Enforce best practices for content storage on multiple company-wide platforms.
  • Own and update the media delivery requirements (both technical and content) across all platforms.
  • Regularly assess the workflow and propose necessary updates to better serve our long-term success.

Software / Skills:

3 or more years in a broadcast, production, lab, or comparable environment tracking a high volume of media assets. Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Adobe Premiere. Knowledge of Isilon servers, Aspera, Wiredrive, and Shotgun Studio preferred.

Other duties/ special projects as assigned.

Location: LA Office

Traffic Coordinator

The traffic coordinator will assist the operations team to ensure successful on-air execution of network programming & content.

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Responsibilities:

  • Document & execute SOPs for disseminating programming information to network affiliate markets including program schedules, standardized traffic formats & ingest guidelines.
  • Coordinate record & ingest schedule, create ingest guidelines and trouble shoot general playlist issues like missing materials etc.
  • Reconciliation, promo logs, formatting, copy, ingesting/viewing spots and order fulfillment
  •  Formats on-air interstitials, promotion spots, ID’s, bumpers, end credits, secondary events on the daily Traffic logs
  •  Liaises with Program Scheduling and coordinates with Production, Marketing and Network Operations to obtain all necessary information for accurate and timely Promo Scheduling
  • Maintains efficient systems for traffic maintenance and fulfills requirements coming from various sources
  • Supervise & back-up traffic coordinator who will enter sales orders and perform the daily traffic functions required to produce a network log, including building & scheduling formats, basic log editing, creating copy materials & instructions for commercial contracts and promos
  • Maximizes inventory in multiple formats
  • Develop promo schedules that strategically promote the network and programming.
  • Schedule all promos and secondary events onto the broadcast logs for the Eastern and Central time zones.
  • Add all promo materials into the traffic system and secondary events into the graphics system.
  • Ensure that promotions and production meet all proscribed deadlines in
  • Monitor network’s on-air look.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required Solid experience in all areas of Traffic including Copy, Log Editing, Format creation, etc., is required
  • 2+ years experience to include supervision of at least one direct report, is required
  • Promo scheduling experience is required
  • Ability to gather, interpret and manage a large volume of data and pay meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and work effectively under tight deadlines
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work through challenges methodically
  • Ability to work independently as well as be a strong part of a team
  • Project coordination experience a plus