First Look MediaNew York, NY
Full Time Job
First Look Media and Topic Studios are seeking a Manager, Podcasts, to join our team. The ideal candidate will be passionate about audio storytelling and production, knowledgeable and opinionated about the rapidly evolving podcast industry, and proactive and self-motivated. The candidate should have meaningful development and production experience at a premium podcast outlet, excellent communication skills, and sophisticated taste that aligns with Topic Studios' creative vision, and feel at home in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
The Manager will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to produce new podcasts and take them to market. The candidate will assist with shaping Topic Studio's Podcasts' creative brand and business strategy, as part of overall studio strategy alongside Topic Studios' Film, Original Series, and Nonfiction verticals.
This role will report to the VP/Executive Producer, Podcasts as a foundational part of a growing studio vertical. This position will be located in our New York Office.
Work closely with VP and other key team members to develop and implement general vertical strategy.
Build shows that align with and strengthen Topic Podcasts' voice and brand, including identifying show creators and source materials for development and production; working closely with creators to develop story, format, scripts, pitch materials, and more; and overseeing day-to-day progress on projects.
Work closely with production partners to manage schedule, workflow, and budgeting; oversee creative production processes in collaboration with show teams; and collect all show deliverables in compliance with relevant standards and release needs.
Coordinate fulfilling all show launch, marketing, distribution, and sponsorship requirements with distribution/network, production, and other relevant partners.
Coordinate marketing and PR with internal and external teams, from the creation of pitch materials for projects in development to launch-related efforts.
Build and manage relationships with talent, production companies and professionals, and other key partners.
Partner with other Studio verticals (e.g., TV, Film) to create podcasts from Studio IP, cross-promote shows, and provide source material for shows in other formats derived from Topic podcasts.
Assist with maintaining podcast studio and audio equipment.
Attend Studio, vertical, and show-specific meetings and maintain notes and general vertical documentation/records.
Background & Qualifications:
Minimum 3 years of experience in podcasting and/or the audio industry, which must include producing experience.
Broad knowledge of podcast formats and genres and the mechanics of podcast production, distribution, marketing, and monetization.
Strong knowledge of and interest in the podcast industry, including awareness of - and preferably meaningful existing relationships across - podcast networks, producers and production companies, writers and other talent, and other major players in the space.
A demonstrated creative point of view, comfort with a wide variety of genres, and the ability to generate creative ideas, provide notes, and build and manage production processes.
College degree in a relevant field preferred.
About Topic Studios
Topic is the ambitious new storytelling brand and entertainment studio from First Look Media, dedicated to supporting creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television, audio and documentaries, we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on stories of consequence that explore the issues of our time. Our approach - challenging, compelling and unconventional - reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices and supporting established ones.
About First Look Media
First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy.
First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Field of Vision, and the recently launched Topic SVOD service, and plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats and platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators and audiences develop, distribute, discover and connect with meaningful stories.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Informing a large, diverse audience is a core principle of our work, so we're committed to building a team that reflects that diversity