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First Look Media // new-model media focused on independent voices
Engineering, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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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.

About Topic Studios

Topic Studios, the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media, develops, finances & produces provocative & entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television & podcasts. From Kevin Macdonalds legal thriller The Mauritanian, starring Jodie Foster who won a Golden Globe for her performance, Tahar Rahim nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, Benedict Cumberbatch & Shailene Woodley (STXfilms), & the Academy Award winning Spotlight; to documentaries The Fight, co-released with Magnolia Pictures and Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix; to television with the Film Independent Spirit Award nominated docu-series Love Fraud and the Emmy Award winning & Peabody Award nominated 16 Shots, both on Showtime; & the upcoming surfing documentary series, 100 Foot Wave on HBO/HBO Max; as well as pioneering podcasts (the return of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu on Warner Media Podcast Network; the IDA Award winning investigative podcast, Somebody, with iHeartMedia); and The Messenger, on Audible Plus. Films from Topic Studios include Pablo Larrains Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, currently in production, with NEON: Michael Angelo Covinos The Climb (Sony Pictures Classics); Euros Lyns Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette & Damian Lewis with Bleecker Street; and The Nowhere Inn (IFC Films), written by & starring Carrie Brownstein & Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). Topic Studios is also ramping up its scripted television division, having set up two premium dramas arising from their previous first-look deal with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), including the adult thriller Savannah with PKM Productions for Amazon Studios; & is developing an English-language adaptation of the critically acclaimed Israeli HOT comedy, Nehama, among other projects.


Topic features North American premieres & programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of Originals including documentaries, scripted comedies & dramas, discussion shows, & more. With exclusive TV series & films that take you to more than 40 countries, Topic showcases an unparalleled diversity of creators, perspectives, & experiences. We prioritize bold storytelling, champion underrepresented voices, & believe that entertainment should expand your view of the world.

Topics Original productions include the Sundance 2021 docuseries Philly D.A.Call Center Blues (directed by Geeta Gandbhir), The Letter Room (directed by Elvira Lind & starring Oscar Isaac), Chris Gethards Beautiful/Anonymous, and Release (created/directed by Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison).

Topic is available to US & Canadian audiences on, AppleTV & iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android, & Amazon Prime Video Channels, with more coming soon.

About 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 the First Amendment. 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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