Director, Publicity, Focus Features at NBCUniversal

Filmed Entertainment Group
Role Summary:
Focus Features is seeking an experienced hard-working, creative, and passionate publicity executive who has experience executing all facets of publicity as part of an overall marketing campaign. Must have strong editorial relationships, and direct prior experience pitching and securing coverage for projects, talent, filmmakers, and various events/stunts. Will be responsible for helping strategize, pitch, secure and plan long-lead, fast-breaking and awards publicity campaigns for a diverse array of film projects that will have theatrical, streaming and PVOD release windows. Ideal candidate must be able to work effectively as part of a team while overseeing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Work with project lead (SVP or VP) to plan and execute publicity campaigns for all theatrical releases; this includes pitching and securing A list editorial and bookings; overseeing preview issues & specials and helping to secure exclusive placement of assets
  • Manage and oversee project agencies hired to help execute strategy on each campaign
  • Manage press for special events, screenings and premieres (includes pitching press coverage for the red carpet, inviting press to attend the event as a guest, managing event coverage)
  • Must have previous experience communicating/managing/interacting with talent representatives and senior executives
  • Work with department project leads and the field team to coordinate press days and junkets which includes handling talent schedules, pitching and securing press, scheduling and confirming interviews, and troubleshooting with talent representatives as necessary.
  • Work with head of department to create and manage publicity office budgets; this includes liaising with the finance team to provide updates and reports as necessary and working with the publicity team to track spending
  • Pitch and monitor editorial special issues throughout the year
  • Collaborate in crafting and executing awards campaign strategy throughout a project’s life cycle
  • Cover talent/filmmakers at television shows, special appearances, press junkets/press days, guild screenings and film classes
  • Work closely with project leads to manage day-to-day activities of the publicity agencies

Basic Qualifications:
  • Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 7 years’ experience in film publicity including direct experience pitching and securing editorial as well as working on awards campaigns.
  • Must have prior experience working with agencies and talent representatives
  • Will have strong working relationships with journalists, talent representatives and guilds
  • Must have prior experience organizing and executing events and premieres
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
  • Must submit an attestation disclosing your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if partially or fully vaccinated, submitting your vaccination record no later than 7 days following commencement of employment.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols if Company determines your job position requires accessing an NBCUniversal worksite.
  • Must be willing to adhere to all Company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols.

Desired Characteristics
Desired Characteristics:
  • Motivated and passionate professional who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and ability to pay attention to details under deadline pressure
  • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with talent, senior executives and peers
  • Must be a team player who is able to work in an open and collaborative environment
  • Genuine love of film and pop culture is a plus

Film Focus Features
Career Level
Universal City
United States
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