Monday, March 30, 2015

Best of Entertainment Careers (Summer Internships): March 23-30

Still looking for a Summer 2015 internship?

In semi-weekly "when I remember" feature, here's the most promising postings of this past week.  

Note: This is the result of my best judgement after evaluating their listings. I cannot guarantee these companies treat their interns with respect. 

For The Cable Fanatic who needs the "Name":
Summer Intern-Original Programming      Showtime  3/27
Summer Intern Finance & Accounting(MBA)       A+E Networks  3/23

Hands On No Coffee Development Internship:
Summer Intern                     Color Force 3/23
Films: Development Intern    CBS Films 3/20

For the People that Buy into the whole you have to work in an Agency...thing:
Intern- Talent Agency                                 Mavrick Artist Agency 3/27

For the Future Casting Director
Casting Intern      Judy Henderson Casting  (NEW YORK)  3/26 

For someone looking for an Industry Crash Corse
Intern Programming & Product Development       Confidential (on Universal Lot)  3/25

The Editors in the House
Post Production Intern      All Def Digital  3/24
Post Production Intern    Mandalay Sports Media 3/23

For the Person Who Did High School/ College Theatre
Stage Dept.                    Confidential  3/23

Friday, March 20, 2015

LA Living: Eastside VS Westside

One of the most confusing frustrating aspects of moving to LA is the entire west side/ east side debacle. Unbeknownst to me before moving here, LA isn't exactly one city. In fact, it's a zillion. Believe it or not Downtown LA, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are all considered to be part of "Los Angeles."

People tend to disagree on what exactly composes "LA". Although most discount the idea of Sun Valley (Sherman Oaks, Burbank) being part of LA, it can sometimes be referred to as "LA" - especially by Orange County residents.

References to the East side and West side of LA add yet another layer of confusion. According to "Militant Angeleno" (a man who knows much more than I do), the following rules should be held true.

1. WHEREAS, The Eastside, in all absolute terms, is east, the Militant repeats, east of the Los Angeles River.

2. WHEREAS, The Westside, for all intents and purposes, is west of La Cienega Blvd (there are various self-defined variations on this, like the 405, or La Brea or even Lincoln Blvd, but we will go absolutely nowhere on the subject unless we have a consensus on the definition of the word, so use the general dividing line between 323- and 310- dom). There it is, take it.

3. THEREFORE, west of the Los Angeles River is NOT "The Westside" nor is east of La Cienega Blvd "The Eastside." There is no dividing line between the two. You cannot be on the Westside and throw crap across the street to the "Eastside." You cannot be on the Eastside and hock a loogie across the street to the Westside. You cannot jump between Westside and Eastside in a precisely-located game of hopscotch. Stop thinking binary here.

4. WHEREAS, there is a region between The Eastside and The Westside (The crowd silences, the earth quakes, the veil of the temple is torn in two).WHEREAS, The region between The Eastside and The Westside is the center of the city.THEREFORE, those of you transies who love to spout, "L.A. has no center," better go download Los Angeles Geography 3.0 - because you need an upgrade.

5.  The Valley is everything north of the Santa Monica Mountains ridge line or, when present, Mulholland Drive. Essentially Glendale is part of the The Valley, separated from NELA (That's NorthEast Los Angeles - which is technically part of the Eastside, but in certain instances can stand on its own) by the 2 Freeway. Why is Glendale part of the Valley? 818 area code. End of discussion.

Check out his blog for other LA Living tips. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ROUND 2 of Summer 2015 Internship Applications

The applications for Summer Internships at DisneyABC, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and Discovery Communications closed on February 27th, 2015.  There's always next year...

HOWEVER do not despair if you missed the deadline! This year several studios and large production companies have posted their applications late - with the majority being due in APRIL! These include Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, and FOX. 

Everything you need to apply is right HERE! This includes resume tips, cover letter advice, interview how-to's, and even housing advice. 

UPDATED: 3/7/15

Lionsgate (Santa Monica & Playa Vista, CA)

Deadline to Apply: April 17th @ 5pm

Departments: Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Acquisitions, Codeblack Films, Creative Services AV, Home Entertainment Marketing,  Creative Services Design: Home Entertainment Marketing, Film Music, Grindstone Entertainment Group, Home Entertainment Marketing, Human Resources, International Distribution, International Marketing, Motion Picture Development, Motion Picture Production, Operations, Sales Planning and Analysis, Tax, Television Development, Television International Marketing, Television Public Relations, Theatrical Marketing: AV, Theatrical Marketing: Strategy & Research, Theatrical Publicity, Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution

Also includes POP (rebranded TV Guide):
Pop- Consumer Marketing (Playa Vista, CA), 
Pop- Publicity (Playa Vista, CA)
Pop- West Coast Ad Sales (Playa Vista, CA)

Need to be in Law School
Departments: Business & Legal Affairs- Corporate, Business & Legal Affairs- General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Business & Legal Affairs- Worldwide TV Sales and Digital Distribution

Lionsgate (New York)

Deadline to Apply: April 17th @ 5pm

Theatrical Publicity (NEW YORK CITY): Interns in the Theatrical Publicity Department will be expected to help collect daily breaks, monitor Internet coverage, manage a periodicals library consisting of magazines and newspapers, research editorial calendars, update various documents including a grid of press reactions, assist with advanced screenings/talent appearances/press functions when needed, help with phones or mailings and other administrative tasks. Interns will be working on both Lionsgate and Summit titles, focusing on films that are being released in theaters.  Interns will gain an overall understanding of the role publicity plays in the studio system, while learning the basic skills of a PR assistant.  This internship is located in the Lionsgate NY office.

Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution (NEW YORK CITY): This department distributes films and television series to television and digital platforms worldwide.  An internship in this department offers the opportunity to research potential clients, analyze historical sales data to help shape current sales strategies, create sales presentations, work with legal and finance departments on matters relating to distribution deals and assist in preparing department status reports for senior management.  Ideal candidates will have strong Excel skills, excellent communication skills and great attention to detail.  Organized and quick learners with the motivation to learn about distribution and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once will thrive best in this department.  This internship is offered in the Lionsgate NY office.

FOX (Los Angeles)

Must be a Law Student. 

Commit to 6 months. 

Departments in the LA division: Acquisitions (Television and Film), Advertisement Sales, Business Development, Casting, Content Protection, Corporate Communications, Creative Advertising, Development (Television and Film), Digital Media, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Design, Human Resources, International Production (Film), Journalism, Legal, Marketing, Media Relations, Media Services and Operations, Music (Television and Film), On-Air Promotions, Production (Television and Film), Programming (Television), Publicity (Television and Film), Research (Television and Film)

Internship are in the following LA Divisions of FOX:

  • 20th Century Fox Film
  • Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Consumer Products
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Fox Group
  • Fox International Productions
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Fox Sports Networks
  • FX Networks and Productions
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Twentieth Century Fox Television

FOX (New York City)

Departments in the NY division: Corporate Communications, Journalism, Legal, Marketing  ,Music, Production (Television), Publicity

Internship are in the following NY Divisions of FOX:
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Fox Sports 1 
  • Fox Sports Networks
  • National Geographic Channels

FOX/Big Ten Network (Chicago)

National Geographic (Washington, D.C)

Warner Brothers (Burbank, CA)

Departments included: Marketing, Publicity, Finance, Digital/New Media, Research, Technology, or Creative

Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)

To Apply for a Summer Internship at Paramount:
  • Send resume to the appropriate email below:
  • Subject Line must include semester you are applying for (Summer 2015)
  • Be sure to include department / area(s) of interest. You can find a list of the departments here.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The 10 Classes You Absolutely Need to Take in Film School (Or Any College)

Many students go through film school just taking the classes they need to graduate. Now there's nothing inherently wrong with this. However many miss out on fabulous classes that can help in the later careers and even help them get those all important internships.

College classes make up a large part of your Linkedin Profile and, if you are lacking in actual experience, I even would recommend putting relevant ones on your resume.

Since registration for the Fall semester is coming up the following is a list of classes that I believe not only look great to HR Recruiters, but also prove worthy in the long run. We have also included alternatives for those wishing to go into entertainment internships from normal Universities and colleges. 

  1. An 'Industry Insiders' or Panel Class 
These classes are structured around a speaker or a panel of speakers from the industry giving real advice and relevant industry info to students. Not only do these classes present an enormous networking opportunity, they also provide up-to-date information of the ever-changing entertainment industry. All of the major film schools offer a course such as this. If you happen to attend a film school that does not or are unable to fit it in your class schedule, it is very likely your schools has an annual 'Entertainment Symposium' or conference that will provide a similar shortened experience. For instance, Chapman's Women in Film conference and UCLA's Entertainment Symposium. 

If you don't attend film school:  I would suggest attending any film festivals you can (South by Southwest, Austin Film Festival, Sundance, etc.) as they often have keynote speakers. Even comic cons panels can be helpful in gaining a knowledge of the industry. However, please don't put that you attended comic con on your resume (unless you happen to be applying to Marvel). 

2. An Entertainment or Mass Media Law Class

The Entertainment industry runs on contracts. Contracts for writers, contracts for negotiating salary, contracts that allow productions to use the word 'Zumba'. By the way, never use the word Zumba in a production (its trademarked). Any mass media law is essential to gaining an ability to read legal documents that control the entertainment industry. In fact, if you want to intern in Business Affairs you simply must take one of these classes before your internship. 

If you don't attend film school: I would suggest checking if your college or university has a business law or constitutional law class (often found in the Political Science Department). Although it won't be catered directly to entertainment, the ability to read and understand the law will help substantially in your career.   

3. A Development or Introductory Screenwriting Class

If you are lucky enough to have a development class or a class that teaches you how to write coverage... take it! If not, a standard screenwriting class will do. It will teach you to identify good structure, character arcs, and decent dialogue. A must if you want to intern in Development, Advertising, and even Production.

If you don't attend film school: Guess what! Most schools with English or Creative Writing Degrees offer an Introduction Screenwriting Course. If not, a standard Creative Writing Course will do. However, you can take screenwriting courses at most Improv centers (UCB, Second City, etc) and online. Just Google it!

4. An Editing or Documentary Class 

Regardless of if you don't want to go into either editing or documentary filmmaking, these courses teach you a very important lesson: it is in the editing room that the story of a film/tv show comes together. Documentary filmmaking is super low crew and gives you hands on experience in all aspects of production. Either class would benefit a future filmmaker or studio exec better. 

If you don't attend film school: I'm sorry! Maybe try filming your own documentary or taking a film production class if your school offers one. Theatre classes are also a good alternative. 

5. Film Scheduling or Financing Class

Pretty self explanatory. 

If you don't attend film school: Getting on set as a First AD is probably the best alternative to this. Taking a couple finance classes won't hurt either.

6. A 'Film Aesthetics' Class/ Film Studies Class

Most Film Production students shy away from taking Film Studies classes. However an introductory class in film studies will explain all the elements that make up a film (from actors, to coloring, to score, to mechanical effects). It is truly the end all be all of film school classes. If I had to take just one class in film school, this would be it. 

If you don't attend film school: Most schools offer some sort of film studies classes. 

7.  A Business Ethics Class

The best way to prepare for a corporate setting or an internship in Business Affairs. 

If you don't attend film school: Schools with business schools always offer one of these at the lower division level. 

8. Statistics

The Entertainment Industry conducts research, surveys, and polls on everything: from upcoming releases to promos to taglines. A basis in Stats is important to creating those ever important research presentations for execs as an intern and in the future. 

If you don't attend film school: All schools offer Statistics classes. I can also suggest a Stats for Business class. 

9.  Public Speaking

If you can't pitch you won't go far in Hollywood. 

If you don't attend film school: It is likely offered. If not, I would suggest a Theatre or Improv class in order to learn to be comfortable talking in front of other people. 

10.  Graphic Design

If you can't tell from the resumes we suggest, graphic design abilities go a long way in Hollywood. They assist in the crafting of presentations, creation of selling materials, and will even allow you to criticize mock ups.

If you don't attend film school: These exist at any school with an art department. If you wish to continue your studies, I would also suggest a typography, presentation design, or color theory class. If you happen to be at a smaller school where places in these classes are limited, a basic art class can do wonders.  

© No Experience Required Maira Gall.