VP, Development & Production at Eko

If you enjoy building relationships, working cross-functionally, juggling multiple projects simultaneously, all while reinventing the media business, keep reading.

Eko is a media and technology company pioneering a new medium in which stories told in live action video are shaped by viewers as they unfold. We provide the leading technology platform for the creation and delivery of serial interactive video entertainment and partner with media companies, independent creators and top brands to create experiences for highly-engaged, digitally native audiences. Our serialized shows are distributed through HelloEko.com, affiliate partners, and social networks; available on desktop, mobile, connected TVs, and VR. Eko Studio, which includes our free authoring tools, is also home to a growing community of creators crafting their own interactive experiences with Eko's platform.

Our investors include Innovation Endeavors, Intel Capital, Marker, MGM, NEA, Samsung, Sequoia Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and WPP. The company (and position) is based in New York with offices in Tel Aviv.
 

Eko is looking for a VP Development & Production to lead its content team. This senior-level creative executive will be responsible for the success of Eko’s slate of interactive programming: defining what works for the audience of this new medium, overseeing the slate, developing the content, and delivering the shows. The VP will plan and lead the growth of the content team, as it works with external producers to successfully develop, produce, and monetize Eko’s programming; oversee existing and new relationships with production and content partners; and improve development and production processes. The person in this role is a key member of the leadership team.
 

Key Responsibilities
 

Direct end-to end production of original scripted and non-scripted premium interactive series:
 

  • Define Eko’s content plan with the CCO and the senior management team.
  • Manage the content team in identifying, developing, producing and delivering content per Eko’s content plan.
  • Define and continuously improve processes to support the development and production pipeline.
  • Oversee on-time and on-budget execution and delivery to Eko creative standards by empowering, training, and supporting teams of external creators and producers.
     

Manage Creative department goals, team, and budget:
 

  • Evolve the content team structure as necessary to support Eko’s business growth; hire, train, manage and mentor the team members.
  • Define and manage an efficient department budget to enable the content team to meet the company objectives.
  • Collaborate with Eko’s marketing and brand partnerships teams to ensure content plan and slate enables the company to meet its yearly goals for desirable advertising inventory (audience reach and quality, brand safety and thematic guidelines,, etc.)
  • Understand the landscape of interactive storytelling and ensure that Eko’s team produces programming at the forefront of the industry.


Source, train, and manage a vibrant community of creative partners to develop and execute successful productions:
 

  • Define the outreach and partnership strategy in order to attract and attach high-level talent to the shows (including producers, filmmakers, interactive writers, software/design studios and on-camera talent).
  • Collaborate with the business team in sourcing, negotiating, and closing development and production deals with external production partners (coming from the film, TV, gaming, digital design/UX, software, and other fields).

  • Define and execute a creative support program to onboard future creators and streamline the creation of quality content.

  • Partner with Eko’s product team to define the best tools for creators that will maintain Eko at the forefront of serialized interactive content innovation and to define budget and schedules.
     


Key Requirements
 

  • 8-10 years of development and production experience with a large, established production company and/or network on multiple scripted & non-scripted shows for broadcast and cable. Ideally, experience in developing & producing video games or interactive storytelling as well.

  • Proven track record of developing premium series from concept to on-time & on-budget delivery.

  • Experience managing and successfully scaling a creative team.

  • Strong relationships in the creative entertainment community, based on a collaborative spirit and a history of over-delivery.

  • Experience in, or a desire to work within, leaner environments such as start-up/young companies that can be more agile and flexible.

  • A belief that creators can do more with video than is being done today.


 

About Eko

 

We are all artists. We strap a saddle on chaos, hit “unrealistic” goals, act passionately, help each other flourish, learn quickly, trust our guts, trust each other, speak our minds, believe in a creative approach to everything, and respectfully break and rewrite rules. We are reinventing storytelling forever. Isn’t it beautiful?

 

 

Applicants must be legally permitted to work in the US and paperwork will be verified prior to and as a condition to hire.

 

 

Interlude US Inc. (dba., Eko) is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran's status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation, gender identity or any other category protected by law.

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Director at Zappos (LA)

 

Zappos faces a unique challenge of being a mass shopping destination for millions of people, but not a brand that creates inspiration and shows up in our “feeds." 

To solve this challenge they envision a highly creative and strategically focused studio team based in Los Angeles that produces all visual creative across web, email, social, and brand.  

To get to the above solve (in the long term), they’ve decided to start with social creative and storytelling. They are looking to hire a group to create, test, learn, develop and create again on social channels. 

I’m helping them do this by starting with two hires. One being, a "studio director." 

 

 

You

 

-have 10+ years experience in most aspects of developing, making and delivering moving and still creative.

 

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

 

-have built and managed budgets and crews of ALL sizes. 

 

-can easily access, collaborate with, and lead a crew of highly creative and specialized makers - from producers to designers to photographers to motion artists and post-production pro’s. 

 

-relish the challenge of reviewing audience data and engagement insights and filtering them into the creative process.

 

-are inspired by technology and would would be excited to lead creative experiments utilizing new social tools, apps, widgets, gadgets, etc.

 

-are able to work quickly and see an idea through from conception to launch in a matter of hours not weeks.

 

-are willing to fight and pitch for an idea and/or strategy as part of a team. 

 

-are a skilled at working working with, and reporting into, executives that sit at different ends of the (non-creative) business spectrum.

 

-expertly identify interests, value differing points of view, and can build bridges. 

 

-have a keen eye towards business building and development by identifying short (and long) term goals that get knocked down and ladder up to something grand.

 

-want to dive into an infrastructuring project by leading the creation of a studio from a co-work bay to a (potentially) owned, fully-stocked brick and mortar.

 

-are comfortable operating within a very large company even though you’d be an outsider.

 

-have done scrappy and liked it. 

 

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Creative Director at Zappos (LA)

 

Zappos faces a unique challenge of being a mass shopping destination for millions of people, but not a brand that creates inspiration and shows up in our “feeds." 

To solve this challenge they envision a highly creative and strategically focused studio team based in Los Angeles that produces all visual creative across web, email, social, and brand.  

To get to the above solve (in the long term), they’ve decided to start with social creative and storytelling. They are looking to hire a group to create, test, learn, develop and create again on social channels. 

I’m helping them do this by starting with two hires. One being, a "creative director." 

I’m helping them build this and kicking it off with two key hires. One being, a "creative director." 

 

 

Creatively, you

 

-are an expert in telling stories with moving and still images.

 

-can easily access, collaborate with and lead a crew of highly creative and specialized makers - from producers to designers to photographers to motion artists.

 

-live in “the channels.” You spend hours a day on Instagram among friends, brands, influencers, artists, etc.

 

-relish the challenge of incorporating audience data and engagement insights into storytelling and creative strategy.

 

-are inspired by technology and would thrive on visual content experiments utilizing new social tools, apps, widgets, gadgets, etc.


-Need to work quickly and see an idea through from conception to launch in a matter of hours not weeks. 

 

-find it inspiring to work alongside editorial and content strategists that look at creative with a platform specific point of view.

 

-have created the brief before in response to a business challenge, and not just taken a brief and provided visual solutions. 

 

-are willing to fight and pitch for an idea and/or strategy as part of a team.

 

Professionally, you

 

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

 

-want career stability, but are not afraid of creative volatility and movement.  

 

-are comfortable operating within a very large company even though you’d be an outsider.

 

-are ok to work effectively across a horizontal team of experts with a common goal.  

 

-have done scrappy.

 

-will thrive by kicking off inside a start-up studio environment but open to growing into a fully realized creative machine.

 

 

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Sr. Strategist at Imprint Projects

Imprint Projects is a post-advertising creative agency. 

 

Our mission is to replace advertising with cultural production and dialogue. We elevate the world’s most influential brands with cultural content, experiences, and community programming. Clients include global brands like Levi’s, Sonos, Virgin, and Google.

 

Community and culture is what we do, so a passion for music, art, design, fashion, technology, and social activism is important. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, our days are fast-paced and exciting, but the vibe is comfortable and collaborative. We take care of our people with great benefits and endless opportunities for growth. Leadership prioritizes simplicity, transparency, and humanity. 

 

We are seeking a Senior Strategist with 5+ years experience to lead development of creative campaigns and programs. The role requires the ability to think and manage at a highly conceptual level, while overseeing the details of strategic planning and development. The Senior Strategist is critical to driving growth and innovation for our clients.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with Creative Director and Producers to develop channel strategies, campaign and evergreen content, and social guidelines 
  • Prepare internal briefing material to provide context and strategic insight for project teams. Source references from the worlds of music, gaming, film, design, and art
  • Lead strategy sessions and presentations with clients and partners
  • Develop metrics for digital and social marketing initiatives, implement tools for measurement and reporting   
  • Lead audits and optimize campaigns based on data and insights 
  • Provide strategic direction and oversee outreach to partners, collaborators and communities
  • Scale thinking to different parameters (budget, timelines, content type)
  • Respond to client feedback and steward the creative integrity of projects from development through to activation
  • Oversee the creation of monthly content calendars
  • Oversee the creation and enforce brand tone and voice  
  • Lead updates to project teams and clients around social innovations, trends and best practices. Translate knowledge into actionable insights for campaigns and content

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of 5+ years professional social / digital marketing or agency experience required
  • Demonstrated experience of leading a team and working directly with clients
  • Intimate familiarity with experimental approaches in marketing and brand communications; a passion to innovate in the field
  • Excellent knowledge of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+) and tools (Sprinklr or similar)  
  • An understanding of visual communication and the design process
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills; precise, tactful, and articulate  
  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated ability to organize, set and implement priorities

 

 

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Creative Director at Imprint Projects

Imprint Projects is a post-advertising creative agency. 

 

Our mission is to replace advertising with cultural production and dialogue. We elevate the world’s most influential brands with cultural content, experiences, and community programming. Clients include global brands like Levi’s, Sonos, Virgin, and Google.

 

Community and culture is what we do, so a passion for music, art, design, fashion, technology, and social activism is important. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, our days are fast-paced and exciting, but the vibe is comfortable and collaborative. We take care of our people with great benefits and endless opportunities for growth. Leadership prioritizes simplicity, transparency, and humanity. 

 

The Creative Director leads creative on all projects in our Los Angeles office, from initial strategic concept to scalable creative solutions that work in the real world. You must be excited about executing concepts across a wide range of platforms at the leading edge of trends and emerging technologies.  

 

CLIENT WORK

 

  • Drive and elevate the creative process ensuring design and strategy is executed to brand and agency standards and within agreed timelines and budgets

  • Direct and manage the development and execution of creative concepts and deliverables for integrated marketing campaigns including experience and environment, photo/video and digital content, printed graphic matter and all copywriting and strategic messaging

  • Lead presentations of creative ideas to clients

  • Respond to client feedback; steward the creative integrity of projects

  • Lead brainstorms and creative pin ups

  • Lead the creation of proposals, presentations, creative briefs and treatments

  • Foster a collaborative environment where giving and receiving feedback is encouraged and productive

  • Oversee creative direction for photo and video shoots

  • Oversee creative direction for print and digital collateral, in-store installations and event activations

  • Keep up with latest best practices, trends and industry techniques to share ideas and knowledge with project teams and clients

  • Ensure that all work meets a high level of creativity, innovation and brand association

     

NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Support Managing Director in developing creative for new business with current and new clients



PEOPLE

 

  • Lead, inspire and support the creative team

  • Manage creative team and assist in recruiting

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with freelancers

  • Lead Mid and End of year review process and employee growth plans; ensure a climate for growth and education

  • Inspire creativity, new ideas, and big thinking throughout team



OPERATIONS

 

  • Collaborate with Managing Director to identify long and short-term project needs and personnel resources and tools

  • Support the policies, practices, and procedures related to the company’s creative work

  • Lead all standing weekly Creative team meetings

  • Collaborate with Executive Producer in managing project resourcing for all designers and strategists

  • Work with CCO on design and implementation of all internal creative initiatives



REPORTING

 

  • Reports to MD

  • Leads the creative team

  • Direct reports: Sr. Designer, Sr. Strategist, Designers

  • Oversee freelance creative resources



SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

 

  • 10+ years experience in a creative execution role (at least 5+ years agency environment, at least 5+ in a creative leadership role)

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Strong design background; versed in design process and production methods

  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated ability to organize, set and implement priorities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of emerging creative technologies

  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practices and experimental approaches in marketing and brand communications

  • Ability to scale ideas/solutions to budget, brand needs, timelines and environments

  • Experience working with clients, and building creative teams

  • Proven leadership skills — we want someone who can drive a project forward while fostering the talents of our creatives team

  • Master of Adobe software, primarily InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

 

 

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Creative Lead at Buffy

Here is the opportunity to take the lead from two top agencies, and direct at a brand with reliable backing that appreciates the value of good, taste-making creative.

Do for the comforter market what Casper did for mattresses, but then take it a step further to create a holistic lifestyle brand that believes in reimagining consumer products as comfier and better for the world. To start out, Buffy sets out to prove there is an easy way to make a big bedding decision - one that is cruelty-free and saves over a 1000 gallons of water per unit. This is not another brand going after the “sleep” market. Buffy is about comfort. Conscious comfort.

The CEO of Buffy and his family have been in the comforter business for 20+ years making luxurious products for brands ranging from Ralph Lauren to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Production is integrated and can be executed with a great deal of precision. The goal with Buffy is to attack the millennial market giving them a luxury product at an affordable price point.
 

YOU
 

  • Are a creative visionary who understands execution

  • See the creativity in growing a business

  • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Are creative and analytical


 

DO
 

  • You will build a team of creatives and lead with confidence

  • You will develop the systems and approaches for how the brand comes to life

  • You will orchestrate, nurture and inspire in the creation of a vision across varied executions (integrated campaigns, the digital flagship/web, experiential, etc)

  • You will ensure all creative efforts accurately represent business goals and maintain brand values

  • You will constantly explore opportunities to enhance, improve, and expand the brand


 

OPPORTUNITY
 

  • Be a story-teller who defines how the brand comes to life

  • Team building:

    • Short term, work with in-house senior designer and senior strategist, plus a team of creative freelancers

    • Long term, with an eye towards delivering top-notch brand creative, build and lead a larger full-time creative team

  • Join an experienced company with senior employees in-place across business development, growth marketing, operations and customer experience

  • Develop a brand’s story with a lead in by a few of the best design and creative agencies

  • Collaborate directly with the founders and participate in overall brand and business development decisions


 

CAREER
 

  • You are equally skilled at concepting as executing

  • You have 8+ years of graphic design and art direction experience within agencies, or a mix of agency and brand experience

  • You have a portfolio showcasing not only advertising, but branding, live and content solutions

  • Your work demonstrates the ability to ideate and execute strategies to support business initiatives with a focus on brand development and consumer engagement

 

LEADERSHIP
 

  • You possess a successful track record of tapping into the potential of creative teams to deliver work that is provocative and disruptive

  • You are an effective communicator and spirited leader; you inspire others to do their best work and are able to guide and persuade

  • You cultivate positive morale and address issues that dampen it

  • Your are able to recruit uncommon talent

 

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