Editor-in-Chief at Sony's Creative Center

 

A job description is in the works. But we need to move rather quickly with the impending holidays. If you are interested in setting, and building a team to execute global social content strategy for Sony’s new consolidated Creative Center than I want to talk to you.

This is a very senior level role and the right candidate will have to show previous success in the disciplines of content strategy and/or social strategy, content programming, team management, and editorial direction.

Let’s talk.

 

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Social Strategy Lead at Zappos (LA)

 

Zappos

This pioneering, market-leading eCommerce company wants to transform their brand image by investing in a creative studio in DTLA.  


This studio will support their world class customer experience while telling Zappos story in a contemporary, emotion-oriented fashion. Talking social.


First, they plan to identify highly engaged audiences across Zappos-owned channels by developing interest-based content tailored to that audience. Then they’ll establish a visually consistent, top-of-mind presence that triggers surprise and delight.


They want a Social Strategy Lead to help drive the programing across their social channels.


This role is fast-paced, requires quick execution and excellent creative leadership.


Their values: create WOW experiences through service; embrace and drive change; create fun and weirdness; be adventurous, creative and open-minded; pursue growth and learning; build open and honest relationships; build positive relationships; do more with less; be passionate, determined and humble.



 

You


Your core focus will be to build out social storytelling across channels that support broad creative campaigns, marketing initiatives and social specific channel strategy.


You’ll plan creative strategy and execution for all owned channels, including posting, managing calendar and social sharing plans with partners / biz dev team.


You’ll gather and prioritize social media requests from internal teams to build creative and marketing briefs.


Every week you’ll provide visual trend analysis and reporting, which will inform social calendar as well as provide the creative studio team with a content roadmap.

You’ll build weekly trend stories tied to temporal or historical fashion moments.

You will execute (with a coordinator) and manage weekly cross channel ad delivery, working closely with paid social team to ensure learnings are shared across teams.

You will create, iterate and implement cohesive style guide, voice, tone and campaign objectives across organic and paid social channels.


You will research and monitor competitive social media landscape, bringing innovative ideas and mindset to the team.  


You have a proven track record mentoring and motivating teammates, communicating effectively and directly, and meeting tight deadlines across multiple priority projects.


You have a minimum of six years social media experience. Time spent in fashion, editorial, market editor won’t hurt.


And you can dig their values.







 

 

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Sr. Art Director at Zappos (LA)

 

Zappos

This pioneering, market-leading eCommerce company wants to transform their brand image by investing in a creative studio in DTLA.


This studio will support their world class customer experience while telling the Zappos story in a contemporary, emotion-oriented fashion.


First, they plan to identify highly engaged audiences across Zappos-owned channels by developing interest-based content tailored to that audience. Then they’ll establish a visually consistent, top-of-mind presence that triggers surprise and delight.


They want a Sr. Art Director to lead lifestyle photography projects and brand campaigns. This position will report to the Sr. Director of Creative Strategy.


They want a mixed media creative expert whose at home on a set. This role is fast-paced, requires quick execution and excellent creative leadership.


Their values: create WOW experiences through service; embrace and drive change; create fun and weirdness; be adventurous, creative and open-minded; pursue growth and learning; build open and honest relationships; build positive relationships; do more with less; be passionate, determined and humble.



 

 

You


production-wise. You’ll work cross-functionally with a larger business operation (and teams) always looking for efficiencies in how to produce quality imagery with all the necessary elements.

Here you’ll translate content strategy and conceptual editorial storytelling into brand creative that performs.  In addition, you’ll apply current relevant trends in fashion, entertainment, digital, culture, design, art to an overall creative strategy.

You must understand the balance of data-driven creative decisions with style POV. Then manage multiple projects, partner relationships, and corresponding deadlines.


You have lead lifestyle campaigns for national brands. You thrive on autonomy but can answer to a larger company. You’ll need eight years of experience in this field.

You’ve helped define style guides that cross various channels, product categories, and seasons. You’re able to craft distinct points of view per guide but also see how they could fit into an overarching creative strategy.  

You’ve managed art directors and other production related creative (and crew) talent. So you have to easily access, collaborate with and lead a crew, from producers to designers to photographers to illustrators.

You have a proven track record mentoring and motivating teammates, communicating effectively and directly with internal teammates, and meeting tight deadlines across multiple priority projects.


You thrive on a work-life balance, but are but are not afraid of iteration and an evolving business/creative strategy.


And you can dig their values.





 

 

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Creative Director at Day One Agency (LA)

Day One is a creative communications agency launched in 2014 by combining the best pieces of traditional public relations, digital & social media agencies.


Day One works with the world’s leading brands to shape, share & fuel stories that stop people in their scrolls. By ignoring tradition they create campaigns that impact culture as well as business results. They represent a growing client roster including American Express, Nike, Chipotle, Bacardi, Sonos, and Facebook.


With a majority of the agency based in NYC, there is currently a small team of ten in DTLA. The stakeholders are committed to growing their west coast business by expanding current client work and partnering with new clients. They see this creative hire as a key step in the future growth of the agency. 


While some of their work is “aways-on” content as social AOR for a few major brands (Amex & Chipotle), the role is not limited to social content creative direction. The right creative will both elevate the current social-focused work, but also look to their evolving client needs and executions as the marketing (and comms) landscapes change rapidly. 

Creatively, you

-are an experienced designer.  

-are a conceptual art director and content creator.

-have a strong point of view on visual identity and design.

-work at the speed of digital. You can work quickly and see an idea through from conception to launch in a matter of days/hours not (just) weeks. 

-have a passion for trends in culture and technology along with a deep understanding of emerging platforms and media channels. 

-get how creative works on social. 

-thrive on working hand in hand with strategists.

-don’t lean entirely on producers to make it happen.

-have a back-pocket filled with talented designers and content creators you could call on a moment’s notice to execute paid creative projects and contracts. 

-would be inspired by the opportunity to lead the creative direction for a new office space in LA. 

 

Professionally, you

-have agency experience.

-have lead the creation of imagery and campaigns for a nationally recognizable brand on social channels.

-can be an inspiring mentor to bi-coastal designers.  

-value, at this stage in your career, a leadership opportunity to manage smart, driven, talented creatives that thirst for inspiration and career growth. 

-are truly interested in working at a “small agency” that is scrappy and experiencing growth. 




 

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Head of Talent at POPSUGAR (NY OR LA)

 

POPSUGAR Inc., is a global media and technology company that reaches reaches hundreds of millions of women monthly with its trusted editorial content, and operates POPSUGAR Studios, a leading producer of original video content for all platforms, The Bakery, a full-service in-house creative agency, a fast-growing Experiential Marketing business, and a POPSUGAR-branded consumer products business in beauty, apparel and more.

 

POPSUGAR partners constantly with talent at all levels, ranging from globally-recognized icons to up-and-coming micro-influencers.  Our reputation for credible, positive, and inspiring content for women has earned us strong talent relationships, and we view working closely with talent as core to our growth and success. On any given day this could be serving as host or cast in an original video, being the subject in a photo shoot, participating in a POPSUGAR event, serving as a POPSUGAR ambassador, and/or working with premium brands through native content in all forms.

 

POPSUGAR seeks an experienced Head of Talent to lead our Talent Department, which operates out of Los Angeles and New York.

 

Duties
 

  • Manage the Talent Department staff and it’s overall operations

  • Work with senior executives across POPSUGAR business units

  • Oversee talent casting/paid booking for all video content, from shortform online to longform TV and film, across editorial, native and branded projects.

  • Oversee sourcing and casting/paid booking talent and influencers for event-based activations

  • Lead POPSUGAR’s talent strategy by identifying, structuring and negotiating partnerships with talent that advances POPSUGAR’s business and brand

  • Oversee sourcing and paid/unpaid booking experts with specific expertise (news, fashion, food, beauty, fitness/wellness, parenting, DIY, etc.) for POPSUGAR programming opportunities

  • Continually monitor the talent landscape to find and build relationships with up-and-coming talent ahead of the competition

  • Understand POPSUGAR’S brands and projects, and effectively pitch talent to participate on sustainable business terms

     

Qualities
 

  • An eye for identifying, and a passion for engaging with, talent at all levels, from A-list to the newly-discovered

  • A natural leader who enjoys being part of a team, embraces POPSUGAR’s culture and has a high degree of empathy

  • A feel for the POPSUGAR brand, and a knack for sourcing talent that fits the brand

  • A feel for creative projects and the right talent for a project

  • The ability to handle a large volume of work on a timely, deadline-driven basis, through organizational, prioritization, management, and multitasking skills

  • The ability to persuasively pitch talent and talent management on POPSUGAR’s brand and opportunities

  • The ability, working with executives, to structure and close talent deals on fair but sustainable terms



    Qualifications

     

  • 8-10 years of relevant talent experience

  • Strong relationships and credibility with representatives of all levels of talent, from micro-influencers to A-List celebrities, including agents, managers and PR reps

  • Expertise in casting and negotiating for talent at all levels

  • Expertise handling talent communication and outreach.

  • Based in Los Angeles or New York

 

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Creative Director at POPSUGAR Media

POPSUGAR is looking for a Creative Director to oversee the creative experiences for POPSUGAR Media and POPSUGAR Must-Have subscription business. In this role, you will get to play a central role in our effort to continually elevate our brand. This is a full- time position based in our New York office. Specific responsibilities include the following:
 

Creative Vision, Strategy & Execution – Elevate creative output and profile for POPSUGAR – the consumer brand, corporate brand, trade brand and commerce brand Must-Have. Direct creative strategy and execution for all creative work produced under the POPSUGAR Brand and business.



Holistic Creative Oversight – Ensure consistency and cohesiveness of creative vision across all brands above as well as all channels – product UX/UI, creative execution of editorial campaigns, social, marketing materials, events, photography etc – through influence of some channels and direct ownership of others.



Team Leadership – Recruit and build a department of passionate, best-of-breed high- performing team players that include graphic designers, art directors, creative project management, copywriter and photo team. Provide ongoing mentoring and coaching for team of 8 direct reports, larger team of 20. Manage their performance as well as career development. Develop a robust “learning and inspiration” plan for this team to help keep them engaged, motivated, inspired, and at the top of their game.



Project Leadership & Management – Evaluate creative requests, prioritize based on larger business strategy and needs, inform stakeholders of status as needed, and secure all resources necessary to execute high priority projects on-time and on-budget across both design and photo studios.



Cross-functional Leadership – Effectively provide partnership and creative leadership across departments: Engineering, Sales, Brand Strategies, Editorial, Marketing etc.

 



Candidate Profile

The successful candidate is an experienced leader but still like to get his/her hands dirty with design and the creative development process. S/he is up-to-date with the latest technologies and what’s trending, possesses a genuine passion for our brand and its passion points (pop culture, fashion, beauty, celebrity, entertainment, fitness, food, home etc), authentic connection with the brand’s female millennial audience, and has impeccable sense of style and aesthetics. S/he will infect those s/he touches with an authentic enthusiasm for creativity and innovation.

 

Preferred Qualifications

Strong track record of elevating brand(s) in tangible and multi-­‐dimensional ways, demonstrated by a design portfolio including interactive (including mobile), social, video and print with work for comparable lifestyle brands in the fashion/beauty/retail/aspirational lifestyle space.  Body of work should exude a fresh, hip, fun sense of aesthetics and style that resonates with POPSUGAR’s brand as well as its female millennial audience.


Authentic passion in pop culture and POPSUGAR’s passionate points. Able to engage others through his/her enthusiasm and excitement about the brand and business. Communicates passion, energy and intensity in every way.

 

  • Experience recruiting, building, managing and mentoring large creative and photography department of +25.
  • Ability to execute hands-on design, on his/her own or alongside designers as needed.
  • Understanding of and experience working with complex brand architectures, and ability to command different visual styles/tones due to large portfolio of brands.
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment, under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, with executive presence and gravitas.
  • Passion for new technologies and emerging trends. Is an early adopter of technology, and comfortable traversing in both design and technology.
  • Natural leader who is also willing to listen and partner. Leads by influence and not just authority. Has high emotional intelligence. Conveys a sense of passion and drives issues to closure. Operates equally effectively in formal and informal settings.
  • Has great network of resources at his/her disposal – agencies, vendors, freelancers, illustrators photographers, recruiters etc that s/he can command to get the job done under any circumstance.
  • 12+ years of experience with proven creative innovation and leadership track record.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours.



Attributes and Characteristics

  • Action and Results-orientation (sense of urgency to secure “wins”)
  • Impeccable sense of style and aesthetics (“great eye and taste”)
  • Strategic and big picture thinking (conceptual thinker who understands what moves the needle in larger context)
  • Positive can-do attitude (always ask “how” and not stuck at “can’t”)
  • Strong relationship management , communication and interpersonal skills (high EQ, effective influencer, builds trusted relationships)
  • Independent self-starter (ability to initiate and lead without requiring day-­‐to-­‐day guidance)
  • Innovative and creative thinking (an “ideas person” who is an out of the box thinker and problem solver)
  • Resourcefulness (able to stretch money and people)
  • Intellectual horsepower (big picture thinker, voracious reader, fierce intellectual curiosity)
  • Organized and attention-to-detail approach (strong tactical execution)
  • Off the charts in ability to get things done
  • “Relationships person”
  • Competitive and passion for winning
  • Professional humility, high integrity and trustworthy
  • Good listener, collaborative
  • Self-directed/motivated
  • Pioneering spirit/drive
  • Flexible and adaptable



 

POPSUGAR Inc. is a global media and technology company that is parent to lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR and monthly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have. Together, the brands attract a monthly global audience of 100 million, generating 3.1 billion monthly content views. POPSUGAR is the #1 lifestyle brand for young women, delivering inspiring, informative, and entertaining content in multi-platforms across entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food, parenting, news and more. POPSUGAR Studios, the video production arm of POPSUGAR, Inc., is the leading producer of online video lifestyle content, with more than 390 million monthly views of its original series.
 

POPSUGAR Inc. has offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London and operates internationally in Australia, France, the Middle East, and the UK. The company is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital and IVP. For more information about POPSUGAR Inc., visitcorp.popsugar.com.


POPSUGAR is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive company culture. We celebrate our differences and embrace the varying ideas, interests, and life experiences that make us who we are. As a company with a mission to inform and inspire people all over the world, we believe that employing individuals with diverse backgrounds is essential to building a successful, creative, and innovative business.

 

We work hard, play nice, and welcome those who do the same.

 

Whoever you are, You are POPSUGAR.

 

 

 
 
 

Graphic Designer at Everything But The House

 

 

EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH) is a revolutionary online estate sale company. EBTH was born out of a passion for interior design, a desire to change the way that design is discovered, and a commitment to providing sellers with a better alternative for selling their property.


EBTH is at an exciting stage of growth. There has been a change in leadership at the top (new CEO & CMO), a consolidation of markets, and a renewed focus putting the customer first.  While based in Cincinnati, The West Hollywood creative outpost (blocks away from the site of new Bottega Louie) is on verge of a makeover with a dedicated team taking shape executing an exciting road map leading this digital first brand into the real world. Physical stores and experiences will be opening up in their eight major US markets over the course of 2018/2019.  

 

The SVP of Merchandising and Content needs a right hand designer who will be the go-to for creation and collaboration on creative needs on and off-line. In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the overarching art direction of the business, work across multiple channels, and be an early team member in an office that will grow over the next six months.  

 

This is a full-time, competitively salaried position with benefits and an equity stake in the company.


 

What you'll do:

 

  • Focus on the on-line experience: site redesign and updates, blog, landing page, social, email marketing, digital ads, and HR and internal documents

  • Conceptualize, elevate, maintain, and be accountable for the quality of work and timeliness of delivery across multiple creative projects. Project managing to make deadlines

  • Work directly with stakeholders, copywriter, B2B team, and merchandising team to create engaging, inspiring and on brand digital assets

  • Support the creative team with ad hoc marketing assets and digital campaigns: emails, landing pages, print and digital ad production

  • Build out new marketing initiatives: Adhoc, transactional, business series, and other digital campaigns

  • Deliver printed collateral and other special projects to elevate all customer facing platforms




Requirements:

 

  • At least 4 years of experience in Graphic Design with an emphasis in eCommerce.

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

  • Experience designing and producing websites, emails, templates or other web assets in the art, lifestyle, home or fashion

  • Understanding of marketing language of e-commerce design: hierarchy, call to action, conversion, etc.

  • Ability to translate style guide into visually compelling and easy-to-navigate designs for emails, instagram, blog, banners, etc

  • Possess a passion for, and strength in, recognizing excellent web typography and layout composition

  • Photo retouching skills is a must for this role.

  • Background in retail home lifestyle online is a plus.

 

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Head of Production at POPSUGAR

 

POPSUGAR Studios is an industry-leading provider of video lifestyle content for women. We produce award-winning editorial/sponsored, native and branded video at scale and in partnership with 100+ leading brands.  The Studio also develops and produces shows for television networks and on-demand streaming platforms, and sources talent for experiences and other company initiatives.

 

POPSUGAR Studios operates from a multi-stage studio facility in Los Angeles with in-house producers, designers, directors, crew and equipment; it has additional production operations in New York, and executes productions across the U.S., the UK and other parts of the world.

 

POPSUGAR Studios is a unit of POPSUGAR Inc., a global media and technology company including lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR, quarterly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have and makeup line Beauty by POPSUGAR. A leading lifestyle brand for young women, POPSUGAR delivers inspiring, informative, and entertaining multi-platform content across entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food, parenting, news and more.

 

POPSUGAR Studios is looking for a talented, LA-based, Head of Production to oversee physical production and post-production of all POPSUGAR video content.

 

Duties

 

  • Oversee physical production and post-production of all POPSUGAR video content, including:

    • Social, online, streaming and linear media

    • Social, short-form, mid-form and long-form formats

    • Unscripted, documentary, switched-multi-cam, live and scripted executions

    • In-studio production, field shoots, and event coverage, across the U.S., UK and other locations

 

  • Lead, inspire, and nurture studio teams in production management, post-production, design, DP’s and crews.

 

  • Manage the Studios’ use of freelance producers, directors, DP’s, graphic designers, crews and video editors; maintain contacts with the best freelance talent, determine if/when freelancers are needed, identify the right freelancers for the job and negotiate fair but favorable terms

 

  • Oversee cost-estimating and budgeting for all forms of video content, expertly balancing between the needs for outstanding creative execution and fiscal discipline

 

  • Work with the Studio Business Operations to track/project overall production demand, match demand with production capacity and deliver the annual video demand within annual operating budgets

 

  • Work with producers in pre-production, production and post-production phases to review, advise and guide the physical production and post-production aspects of creative proposals, treatments and scripts

 

  • Work with POPSUGAR producers and creative services to assure that all video content is delivered on-time, on-budget, with stellar-quality and in conformity with POPSUGAR and client creative requirements

 

  • Serve as the senior production liaison to POPSUGAR’s creative services, sales and business operations units

 

  • Work with IT to manage Studio equipment and technology maintenance and purchases

 

  • Stay abreast of, and leverage, video production and post-production technology to maximize execution quality and efficiency

 

  • Work with the legal department to analyze rights requirements and negotiate footage and music rights as necessary

 

  • Ensure that productions conform to legal and business requirements, e.g. have the necessary releases, location agreements, filming permits, certificates of insurance, etc.
     

Qualifications

 

  • At least [10] years’ experience in video production with at least [5] years’ experience in managing video production in a scale, digital environment

 

  • Deep understanding of digital video production and post-production process and workflow

 

  • Experience with higher budget long-form series production for linear and streaming media

 

  • Conversant with post-production process, equipment and software, e.g. Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator

 

  • Conversant with or quickly able to learn project management applications like Basecamp and Workfront
     

Qualities

 

  • You are compassionate, collaborative, transparent and even-tempered.  (A good sense of humor and a passion for our mission go a long way as well.)

 

  • You are a natural leader with integrity, strong organizational and prioritization skills, and industry networking skills. You are calm under pressure, speedy but not hasty, able to pay attention to detail, a tough but fair negotiator.

 

  • You have the ability to grasp -- at once -- both creative material and the physical and financial implications of its execution; you can size up creative IP and work with producers and talent to adeptly steer it through the budgetary, financial and physical production and post-production process.  

 

 

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