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.



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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


Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.


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



  • 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.


Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.


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.




  • 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.



  • 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



  • 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.  



Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.


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." 





-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. 


Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.


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.



Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.


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.



  • 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


  • 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



Email Ben@royalbraun.com or please complete below.