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First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices.
 
New York City    Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019
 
   
 
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The Position:

Were looking for a Managing Director who has impeccable judgement, strong management & coordination skills, as well as the ability to keep daily workflows in motion in our filmmaker-driven documentary unit, Field of Vision. The Managing Director will work collaboratively with the Executive Producers to implement & support Field of Vision's creative vision & mission. The Managing Director will manage FOVs staff & day-to-day operations, & work with the Executive Producers to create & launch new initiatives.

The Managing Director will have 4-5 direct reports.

This is a full-time staff position located in our New York City office.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee programs & partnerships & manages editorial processes.
  • Manage, train, delegate responsibilities & supervise the work of direct reports on the team.
  • Supports EPs to set yearly budgets & oversees daily organizational budget for operations & productions.
  • Provide support to Executive Producers in ongoing filmmaker Fellowship Program.
  • Oversee key organizational functions, directly implementing as necessary, including communications, marketing, legal & business affairs, & closely coordinates with relevant First Look Media departments.
  • Oversee external contractors & consultants to support FOV's needs where necessary.

Background & Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years experience in increasingly responsible positions within documentary film production and/or film commissioning.
  • Proven experience as Managing Director or other managerial position.
  • Knowledge of national & international film production & distribution, including contracts, deal terms, budgeting, theatrical & festival circuits.
  • Knowledge of journalistic & documentary ethics & standards.
  • Demonstrated experience as a strategic leader in the documentary field.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing new programming & partnerships & in implementing inclusion & diversity at all levels.
  • Ability to work well under tight deadlines & to prioritize the needs of multiple assignments.
  • Ability to self-manage & prioritize work appropriately.
  • Strong interpersonal, written & oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel & to work nights & weekends around events & key deadlines.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience as a lead production role of non-fiction feature films, or broadcast projects.
  • Experience within comparable journalism, arts, or film organizations.
  • Proficiency with project management systems, communication resources & related software programs.

About Field of Vision

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven visual journalism unit that commissions filmmakers & artists with developing & ongoing stories around the globe. Field of Vision is committed to advocating for the rights & needs of filmmakers, & supporting cinematic innovation & diversity.

Founded in 2015 & led by Executive Producers Laura Poitras & Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 110 films, including over 75 short films, 4 episodic series, & 15 features. 50% of FOV-supported films have been directed by women & 42% by filmmakers of color. This work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, & IDFA, among many other festivals, winning multiple Grand Jury & other awards & nominations.

Distribution partners represent a wide range of media, from publishers the New Yorker and The Intercept & Teen Vogue; distributors NEON, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Hulu; and, exhibitors New Yorks IFC Center & Londons Institute for Contemporary Arts.

About First Look Media

First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism & documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder & philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture & a thriving democracy.

First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Topic, The Nib & Field of Vision, & plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats & platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators & audiences develop, distribute, discover & connect with meaningful stories.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, & LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, & to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

 
 
 
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