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First Look Media // new-model media focused on independent voices
Engineering, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Monday, October 24, 2022
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The Position:

First Look Media is looking for an experienced & forward-thinking senior backend engineer to join our top-notch engineering team.

Candidates should be self-motivated professionals who have built long lasting data models & APIs. A broad set of experiences is ideal - core to the role is building & iterating on robust services. Some consumers of these services will be front end web clients or internal stakeholders & others will be workflow pipelines managing, transforming & moving data & assets across our own infrastructure & out to partners.

Our infrastructure is entirely in the cloud (AWS) & youll ideally have a lot of experience working in that environment. Backend engineers need to have some level of comfort working in a DevOps capacity - although expertise is not required, a willingness to learn & step in is.

As Senior Engineer youll have a great deal of autonomy so you should be organized, outspoken & love creating great services. Youll work with the backend team as well as in partnership with the front-end developers. You may work directly with stakeholders. Collaboration & communication are key to getting things done.

Our office is in NYC but this role can be telecommute. Wed love it if you were in or near enough to the city to get in when we want to get together but there may be times where youll need to come into the office.


  • Architect & implement backend systems & services
  • Manage & improve our infrastructure & tooling
  • Build robust two-way integrations with a variety of third party services
  • Work with the wider engineering team & stakeholders to constantly refine our processes
  • Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned

Our Tech Stack:

We use the best tools for the job & are always open to new technologies, but our basic stack includes:

  • Node
  • TypeScript/JavaScript
  • AWS
  • GraphQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Elasticsearch
  • Redshift
  • Kafka
  • Docker
  • CircleCI
  • Terraform

Background & Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years as a backend engineer
  • Experience building an evolving data model & API
  • Someone who works easily & collaboratively with the team
  • Experience working as a client of many different APIs
  • Someone whos worked with Cloud services (ideally AWS)
  • Comfort in a dynamic environment


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, FLM was founded on the fundamental belief that freedom of expression & of the press, & the power of storytelling, are vital to both a vibrant culture & a thriving democracy. 


Topic Studios is the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media that develops, finances & produces provocative & entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television & podcasts.

The Studio is behind such notable films as Nikyatu Jusus Nanny (with Stay Gold Features & Linlay Productions), winner of the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival; the Academy Award-winning Spotlight; Pablo Larrans Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart (Golden Globe nominee for her performance) as Princess Diana (with NEON); The Mauritanian, starring Jodie Foster (Golden Globe winner for her performance), Tahar Rahim (Golden Globe nominee for his performance), Benedict Cumberbatch, & Shailene Woodley (STX); & Adam Leons Italian Studies starring Academy Award nominee Vanessa Kirby (Magnolia Pictures). Acclaimed documentaries from the Studio have included the big wave surfing series, 100 Foot Wave, recently renewed for a second season, and the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated, three-part series, Nuclear Family, both on HBO/HBO Max; The Fight, co-released with Magnolia Pictures; the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated docuseries Love Fraud on Showtime; Lucy Walkers wildfires documentary Bring Your Own Brigade, on Paramount+; & Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix. Pioneering podcasts have included Pulitzer finalist & IDA Award-winning investigative podcast Somebody, with iHeartMedia; John Cameron Mitchells Anthem featuring Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo & Patti LuPone; & The Messenger & American ISIS on Audible Plus. The Studio is also ramping up its scripted television division with the Untitled Martin Lawrence Project, based on the acclaimed Israeli HOT series Nehama; also the Untitled Vincent Chin Project, a scripted drama limited series created by Marilyn Fu with Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings) attached to direct (in partnership with Amazon); & two premium dramas arising from the Studios previous first-look deal with Tracy Oliver (Harlem), including the adult thriller Savannah with PKM Productions for Amazon Studios


Topic is the boundary-pushing streaming service from First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas & documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether its a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural political drama (The Miracle), or a mind-blowing paranormal mystery from Russia (Dead Mountain), Topic expands your view of the world.

Featuring North American premieres, exclusive TV series & film, & programming from more than 40 countries, Topic showcases an unparalleled collection of creators, perspectives & experiences. Complemented by our Topic Originals, we prioritize bold storytelling & champion underrepresented voices. Topic Originals & exclusives include Oscar nominee The Letter Room (starring Oscar Isaac), Lambs of God (starring Ann Dowd), BAFTA nominee The Virtues (starring Stephen Graham), Emmy nominee The Accidental Wolf (starring Kelli OHara), Dark Woods, Gotham Award winning Philly D.A., & Soul City (directed by Coodie & Chike).

Topic is available to US & Canadian audiences on, AppleTV & iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android & Android TV, Samsung, Apple TV Channels, Roku Premium Channels, Bell Fibe, Amazon Prime Video Channels, Comcast & Comcasts entertainment platforms, including Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex & XClass TV. Topic is part of First Look Entertainment which also includes Topic Studios, the award winning entertainment studio which develops, finances, & produces content for all platforms.

About First Look Institute

First Look Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to fearless reporting, bold filmmaking, & defending those who speak truth to power. By empowering journalists to unearth injustices, unbeholden to outside influences, by investing in a generation of trailblazing filmmakers; & by protecting risk-taking reporters & whistleblowers from retribution, First Look Institute vigilantly defends our First Amendment rights so democracy can flourish. First Look Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About the Press Freedom Defense Fund

The Press Freedom Defense Fund provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, & whistleblowers who are targeted by governments, corporations, or other powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest & necessary for a functioning democracy. The Fund also provides legal resources for operational needs of reporters & news organizations through a pro bono law firm & provides training & education programs to an array of journalists, lawyers, & nonprofit organizations.

 The Press Freedom Defense Fund fearlessly & relentlessly dedicates itself to protecting freedom of the press. Free speech should be regarded as a right, investigative reporting a duty, & whistleblowing an act of bravery. The Press Freedom Defense Fund Advisory Committee includes Jameel Jaffer, Tom Rosenstiel, Sandy Rowe, Dave Schulz, & Nabiha Syed.

About The Intercept

The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations & unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media & more.

About Field of Vision

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven organisation 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 & representation. Recent projects have included the Oscar-winning feature AMERICAN FACTORY, the Oscar-nominated features STRONG ISLAND; HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING; & Oscar-nominated shorts A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN & IN THE ABSENCE, as well as the Emmy-winning feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, & Emmy-nominated short THE SURRENDER.

Founded in 2015 & led by Co-Founder & Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 130 films - 45 features, 5 episodic series, & 85 short films. Field of Vision has an ongoing commitment supporting innovation & diversity & as such 54% of Field of Vision-supported films have been directed by women & 43% 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 & The Intercept & Teen Vogue; distributors NEON, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Hulu; and, exhibitors New York's IFC Center & London's Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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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