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Staff Attorney

Reports to: Managing Director of Business Affairs

JOB SUMMARY: We are seeking a Staff Attorney who will handle a wide array of responsibilities related to the licensing, development, production, and distribution of ITVS’s programming.

The successful candidate will work with the Production and Programming, Marketing, and Distribution teams to structure, negotiate, and draft agreements necessary to license, develop, and/or produce ITVS’s slate of high-profile documentaries, docu-series, and digital programming, and should be extremely comfortable negotiating with business partners and making decisions that have both legal and business impacts.

He/she should be an attorney or recent law school graduate who intends to take the California Bar Exam.

This is an opportunity to be part of a mission-driven nonprofit company with great consumer brands, and to help ITVS shape the future of television. The legal team at ITVS is small and focused on collaborating with its business partners to help foster innovation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Advise and build strategic partnerships with the Production and Programming, Marketing, and Distribution teams
  • Negotiate and draft agreements necessary to license, develop, and/or produce ITVS’s slate of high-profile programing
  • Act as direct contact for business partners and external legal counsel
  • Make decisions having both legal and business impacts

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Attorney or recent law school graduate who intends to take the California Bar Exam. At least two years of licensing, development, and/or production experience in television or film with direct experience drafting all forms of acquisition, licensing, and production agreements. Familiarity with the development, production, and multi-platform distribution of documentaries, docu-series, and digital programming, and/or financing and sales agency agreements is a plus. Fluency with related documents/issues (e.g., content acquisition, production services agreements, talent agreements, chain-of-title review, insurance) and/or experience negotiating television distribution agreements appreciated.

The ideal candidate will have a production and operational background, plus a broad understanding of television distribution (including digital distribution). Experience providing in-house support and managing outside counsel is strongly preferred.

The successful candidates will also possess the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong analytical capabilities and judgment
  • Ability to work proactively, independently, and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively cross-functionally, think practically, and be solution-oriented
  • Willingness to tackle matters outside area of expertise
  • Proficiency with Google mail, calendar, and documents is necessary and knowledge of FileMaker and FilmTrack is a plus

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@itvs.org with Staff Attorney/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

ITVS Production Manager

Department: Production and Programming
Reports to: Senior Production Manager

JOB SUMMARY: Independent Television Service (ITVS) is a San Francisco-based global media organization and production studio dedicated to elevating minority voices and inspiring social change. Our 70 employees focus on funding independent documentary films, co-producing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and delivering innovative audience engagement events on the ground and online. We have brought more than 1,000 films to public television and other outlets since launching in 1989. ITVS titles have earned eight Academy Award nominations, 10 Emmys, and 15 Peabody Awards for journalistic excellence.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Production Manager works as a supervising producer, managing and delivering to broadcast a portfolio of high quality and diverse programs, all eventually finding a home on public television including on ITVS’s Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS.

The position reports to a Senior Production Manager, and serves as an integral member of the Production and Programming dept. As an ambassador for this public media organization, a production manager is expected to be a role model, to set high standards, and to maintain quality control over the production of funded programs and the integrity of our data and project management systems. The Production Manager is responsible for cultivating and nurturing relationships with producers, series partners and PTV representatives.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT:

  • Serve as the primary contact for production management and broadcast delivery for a portfolio of programs funded through various ITVS funding initiatives, primarily long and short form documentaries.
  • Ensure the successful contracting, on-time and within budget delivery for all programs including successful maintenance of relationships with Producers throughout production.
  • Set and manage production schedules in coordination with producers, broadcasters and other ITVS departments.
  • Provide education and mentorship to funded Producers (as appropriate) regarding ITVS / PTV financial reporting, editorial, and technical standards.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on program deliverables and maintain standards for quality.
  • Integrate digital project and asset management systems into production management workflows to facilitate efficient and effective communication cross-departmentally
  • Collect, analyze and report data related to individual programs and overall portfolio and provide regular reports for the department and content strategy team.
  • Support Senior Production Manager in providing oversight to Production Coordinator team to ensure consistent administration of the department including: overseeing database and DAM entry, media and tape tracking, new staff orientation, documenting work processes and policies.
  • When necessary, travel to meet with funded Producers and their staff to support/troubleshoot successful completion and delivery of the program for broadcast.

LEADERSHIP:

  • Promote and model culture of high performance and commitment to quality
  • Maintain internal and external communications and relationships that strengthen ITVS culture of teamwork and integrity.
  • Maintain and inform excellent production delivery standards across initiatives.
  • Maintain standards and consistency of information systems for production management

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5-7 years’ experience either as a Producer of national commercial or Public Television programming or as a project manager for a commissioning television network, studio, or television station.
  • Proven experience in supervising delivery of programs for broadcast and for online distribution.
  • B.A. in Film/Television, Broadcast Journalism, or a related field.
  • Prior experience evaluating editorial works in progress, and providing constructive feedback on preliminary cuts of film/TV projects.
  • Deep familiarity with all aspects of documentary production, including the technical process of film production and post, and FCC broadcast standards.
  • Prior experience preparing and evaluating budgets, cost reports, and financial records for low-budget or independently produced films.
  • Understanding of and experience working with rights licensing agreements for film and television, knowledge of insurance and business requirements for companies engaging in film/television work, and best business practices for these types of companies.
  • Experience negotiating contracts in a television, film and/or media environment
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, as well as the ability to constructively manage conflict in a business setting are MUSTS.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • High flexibility and adaptability
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally, and effectively as part of team
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Great analytical and critical thinking skills

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@itvs.org with Production Manager/YOUR NAME in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Series Production Coordinator for Independent Lens

Department: Programming and Production
Reports to: Independent Lens Supervising Producer

JOB SUMMARY: The Series Production Coordinator helps coordinate the delivery of the documentary anthology series Independent Lens (IL) to PBS. Working closely with the Independent Lens Supervising Producer, the Series Production Coordinator is responsible for the production deliverables of all Independent Lens programs, including gather, review, and get PBS approval of the on-air credits, webmarkers, and IL series credits. The Series Production Coordinator is a key liaison with ITVS production managers, the IL marketing and communications team, filmmakers, and PBS. The Series Production Coordinator oversees and maintains the entire IL cross-departmental workflow and schedule for all films — from green light to closing — via Workfront, ITVS’s enterprise project management system. He/she owns and manages the WF project and template structure for IL, and contributes significantly towards supporting best practices and system customization for ITVS usage as a member of the WF core team.

ITVS is a public media organization and the Series Production Coordinator role requires a high level of professionalism in both internal and external communication. This staff person will be expected to maintain a high standard for attention to detail; possess the ability to manage multiple assignments, complete work efficiently, and maintain excellent working relationships with their supervisor, outside vendors, filmmakers, and specific PBS staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Independent Lens Coordination

  • Develop collegial, positive relationship with IL filmmakers and distributors from contract phase through final delivery to facilitate production coordination work
  • Identify FCC actionable content in all IL programs; prepare flag list, provide screener and transcript to PBS
  • Work with ITVS production managers and filmmakers to format and review the credits list, submit to PBS, approve final credit sequences
  • Work with ITVS marketing and communications staff to submit webmarkers for PBS approval. Place webmarkers and provide timings to post production editor.
  • Edit series credit roll for each episode and submit for approval
  • Manage deliverables from filmmakers and track in database
  • Prepare ORION PAA entries and Media Inventory forms
  • Update Independent Lens Handbook annually
  • Screen and review IL submissions, as requested
  • Help identify short films for IL filler, as requested

Independent Lens Workflow, Project Management, and Systems Administration

  • Develop skills to serve as a specialist in the use of department information systems: Workfront, Filemaker, Digital Asset Management System (DAM)
  • Create and manage workflows, reports, and best practices in Workfront, Filemaker, and Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. Maintain depth of knowledge in each system to serve as IL administrative specialist.
  • Maintain proficiency in Workfront functionality, terminology, and account setup to respond to questions and help resolve bugs and updates in the workflow
  • File deliverables in the Digital Asset Management system (DAM)

Production Coordination Support for Programming & Production Department

  • Participate in department initiatives including Producer Orientation, department retreats, and provide feedback on Open Call proposals
  • Assist supervisor in duties related to closing out programs including sharing materials with business department and create show closing packets
  • Audit contract deliverables status for specific programs, as requested
  • Respond to requests from colleagues for deliverables
  • Respond to questions from filmmakers regarding contract, deliverables, etc.

Requirements – Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Be extremely detail oriented, organized, flexible, able to meet deadlines, and adapt to new and changing responsibilities
  • Be proactive and self-motivated with demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to supervise peers and manage up to uphold standards set by ITVS and the IL series
  • Advanced skills with project management tools and software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker, and other software applications
  • Committed to offering a high level of customer service
  • Minimum of two years experience working in television or film production preferred

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@itvs.org with Series Production Coordinator/YOUR NAME in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Intern

Reports to: Department Manager

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL LEGAL INTERNSHIP SUMMARY: Are you a law student passionate about media and documentary films and have strong research and writing skills? The ITVS Business Affairs department offers a legal internship that provides hands-on educational experience. The intern will gain a working knowledge of contracts, licensing and distribution; matters relating to copyright law; as well as attend working meetings with colleagues and producers, and participate in organizational wide activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review, analyze, and draft agreements for multimedia licenses, funding and distribution, and underlying rights acquisitions
  • Research copyright, chain of title, entertainment and intellectual property law
  • Maintain workflow and rights tracking system
  • Provide support to the department as needed

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled in law school (1st or 2nd year)
  • Interest in the entertainment and media industry
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Eager to learn in a nonprofit media organization

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@itvs.org with Legal Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Journalism Intern

Documentary Film and Journalism Partnership Project
Term: 16 hours per week

JOB SUMMARY:

ITVS is partnering with The Washington Post and will pursue other partnerships with journalism organizations and experiment with new models of in-depth storytelling and distribution that connect filmmakers and reporters. ITVS is implementing a new project supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to pioneer innovative collaborations between journalists and independent filmmakers. The focus of this project will be short-form digital video content.

ITVS is looking for a documentary film and media intern who is interested in the innovative space of storytelling through combining mediums of documentary film and journalism. The ideal intern is proactive, disciplined, creative, and self-directed and may work remotely.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze traffic and coverage patterns for targeted topics in multiple journalism outlets
  • Create and update catalog of upcoming U.S. legislation and other news pegs around thematic issues
  • Monitor window strategy for journalism clips and help maintain short form content pipeline
  • Create and maintain catalog of independent documentary films in production around thematic issues

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with legacy and digital journalism outlets
  • Archival experience a plus
  • Strong interest in independent film and supporting independent documentary filmmakers
  • Journalism M.A. student. Must be a student currently enrolled in an academic program.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume, cover letter and short writing sample to jobs@itvs.org with Journalism INTERN/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Spring/Fall, Summer Semester Internship (college credit or unpaid)

Term: Full-time (8-10 weeks); at least 15 hours/week
Reports to: Department Manager

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking interns to support activities in the programming, production, communications, and business affairs departments. In addition to gaining hands-on work experiences, the interns will attend organizational and community engagement events, view producer rough cuts, and participate in staff activities. The interns will observe how programs are evaluated, managed, and distributed to reach the widest audience. The ideal student intern is passionate about documentaries, marketing engagement, outreach, social media technology trends, and other facets of public television and media. Based on the interests of the student, the intern will be assigned to a specific department.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the program proposal process (Programming)
  • Help with outreach and community engagement events (Communications)
  • Draft web content, blog entries, and social media postings (Communications)
  • Compile and edit video footage from event organizers for publishing on ITVS YouTube and blog platforms (Communications)
  • Support the execution of marketing projects and campaigns (Marketing)
  • Assist with the compilation of quarterly department metrics (Marketing)
  • Measure the reach and efforts of ITVS’s various social networking platforms and offer suggestions on how to increase impact (Marketing)
  • Strategize and execute social media campaigns to drive tune-in and increase engagement around the weekly Independent Lens broadcast (Marketing)
  • Electronic research of copyrights and intellectual property matters (Business Affairs)
  • Assist in organizing files, media, and updating electronic information (All departments)
  • Provide support as needed (All departments)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled in school with a focus on film, broadcasting, sociology, public policy, or marketing
  • Detailed, organized, curious, and self-directed
  • Computer, software, and social media skills as they relate to job responsibilities
  • Eager to learn and contribute to a nonprofit media organization

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@itvs.org with Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Social Media Intern for Women and Girls Lead Global

Term: 16 hours/week

About Women and Girls Lead: The Women and Girls Lead (WAGL) combines documentary films, strategic communication promotion, in-country content production, facilitated film screenings and other engagement activities to bring social change. The goal of the project is to use powerful storytelling and transmedia strategies to improve the lives of women and girls in nine countries and reduce gender inequality by helping create knowledge, attitude, behavior, and policy change.

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking a social media intern to help publicize upcoming film screenings and engagement activities in Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh, Jordan, and India using in-country social media platforms. The intern must be available and flexible to work in San Francisco and remotely with the country coordinators across time zones. The ideal intern is proactive, disciplined, creative, and self-directed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Research and develop stories and multimedia content to post on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds from all five countries
  • Blog about gender issues and engagement events in the five countries
  • Develop creative, strategic ways to use calls to action and crowd-sourcing to increase social media traffic to Facebook and Twitter
  • Support the engagement and outreach strategy as managed by the ground coordinators

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and in-country social media platforms
  • Strong interest in gender equality, sophisticated about cultures and languages, and passionate about the power of documentaries and social media (community engagement and publicity, a plus)
  • Must be a student currently enrolled in an academic program

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@itvs.org with WAGL Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.