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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 24, 2014, and this is your weekly issue of Cynopsis: Classified Advantage!

Welcome to Leadership Lessons, the column that focuses on conversations with senior managers and leaders in the media world, speaking candidly about their professional journeys. Today, meet Josh Spector, Managing Director, Digital Media and Marketing, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

What was your first leadership position?
Although I had used leadership skills in everything from being captain of my high school basketball team to producing comedy shows, the first time I actually managed employees was at Comedy.com, a startup where I was promoted from a content producer to overseeing content and marketing for the company.

What did you learn from it?
It was a great experience in that it was a small startup company so there was plenty of opportunity to learn on the fly. One of the things I learned quickly was that while management requires a different skill set than just being an employee, leadership isn’t actually all that different.

I think people respond to leaders that have a vision and – just as importantly – an ability to articulate that vision. Assuming they believe in that vision, employees want to be enabled to contribute and feel they have a clear role in achieving the organization’s goals.

In that way, leadership tends to begin before you actually become a manager, not after. The best leaders have led their organizations even before anybody else reported to them, and they would be leaders no matter how many or few people they managed.

Tell us about a management decision you wish you’d handled differently.
I believe it’s important to hire talented people, set an overall direction, and get out of their way. This approach has worked out very well for me, but there have been times when I may not have been clear enough with the direction we wanted to go, or I may have assumed people understood what we were trying to do when they weren’t 100% clear.

What do you look for when interviewing candidates?
Besides looking for talent, I want people that are passionate about what they do, willing to experiment, and confident in their abilities. I believe lots of people can be “good” at a job, but you can only really be “great” at something you truly love. So I look for people that are slightly obsessed with what they do and would likely do it even if it wasn’t their “job.”

I also look to craft people’s roles in a way that allows them to spend the majority (if not all) of their time working on the things they’re most passionate about because I know that’s what they will do best.

My leadership style is to give people who work for me a lot of freedom and responsibility – I don’t micro-manage. But in order for that to work, I have to hire people who are able to handle that freedom and will rise to that responsibility as opposed to people who are more comfortable being told exactly what to do.

I want independent, creative thinkers who contribute ideas and question assumptions – not people who just follow directions.

What is the one question you like to ask during an interview?

I like to ask people what their ultimate career goal is beyond the particular job I am looking to fill. I think that can reveal a lot about them – how honest their answer is, how they think this job would help them get to where they want to go, how passionate they are about what they would be doing in this job, and if they’ve even thought about their career in a strategic manner.

What is the type of answer that hurts the chances of an interviewee?

I like people who are honest in their answers, don’t just tell me what they think I want to hear, and have new ideas to bring to the table as opposed to just recycling whatever they read in the job description.


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JOB OPENING: SR WRITER/PROD PRGRM INTEGRATION/HGTV/Knoxville: Dvlp organic integrated content that meets advrtsers’ goals & drive ratings for ntwrk prgrmng. 6 yrs exp creating on air promos, interstitials or prgrmng req’d. Req 4323. Full info/apply HERE (6/28)

JOB OPENING: SR WRITER/PRODUCER/FOX SPORTS MKTG/LA: Resp. for conceiving, writing & overseeing prod of orig on-air promos & campaigns. Min 5+ yrs hands-on promotions exp. Strong writing/prod @ Net or Ad Agency. Full info/apply HERE (6/28)

JOB OPENING: WRITER/PRODUCER/FOX SPORTS MKTG/Charlotte, NC: Resp. for conceiving, writing & overseeing prod of on-air promos & campaigns. Min 3-4 yrs hands-on promotions exp. Strong writing/prod @ Net or Ad Agency. Full info/apply HERE (6/28)

JOB OPENING: DIR, SCRIPTED PROG/AMC/LA: Oversee current prog AMC scripted series. Advise on pilots, development for scripted series, producers, cast/crew, etc. Handle pitches, read scripts, recommend projects for development. Submit res HERE (6/28) 

JOB OPENING:PROMOTION MNGR/iN DEMAND/NYC: Manage distribution of promos/PPV traffic logs. Manage promo decisions for barkers/websites. Bachelor’s Degree & 3 yrs. exp. Final Cut Pro req. Apply: resume@indemand.com (6/27)

JOB OPENING:MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST/NYC/The Weather Channel: Gathering, shooting & editing material for TWC on air & digital. 5+ yrs exp video shooting, storytelling, technical.Resumes & Reel to: Melissa.Ngo@weather.com (6/27)

JOB OPENING:ASSOC ANALYST/Scripps Networks/Knoxville: Learn to perform activities related to dvlpg internal reports, presentations, & recommendations. Knwlg of cbl TV, brdcsting, synd, new media, advrtsng & ent industry. Req # 4307 Apply HERE (6/27)

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JOB OPENING:HR GENERALIST, AD SALES/NYC/The Weather Channel: Must have exp supporting Ad Sales groups. Broadcast/Media industry exp. 7+ yrs exp/HR Mgr level. Referrals/Resumes to: Melissa.Ngo@weather.com (6/24)

JOB OPENING: PR MGR/SundanceTV/NYC: Dvlp, implement effective PR strategies & campaigns resulting in media coverage for Sundance. Lead idea generation, dvlp/execute events & social media campgns. Strong w/pitches a must. Submit res HERE (6/21)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED AD SALES MKTG MGR/Discovery/NYC: Client focused creative marketer to manage initiation, dvlpmnt & execution of ad sales mktg opps for Investigation Discovery. 5+ years mktg, digital and/or sales exp req’d. APPLY HERE (6/21)

JOB OPENING: DIR PROMO PLANNING/WEtv/NYC: create innovative promo strategies across platforms, execute all on-air & multiplatform promo plans, 7+ yrs. exp, supervisory exp. req. APPLY HERE (6/21)

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JOB OPENING: PR MGR/WEtv/NYC: create & implement PR strategies, write & edit press releases, manage talent, develop & foster relationships w/media. 5+ years exp. APPLY HERE (6/20)

JOB OPENING:DIR PR/NYC: Drive and oversee PR strategy/campaigns and daily media coverage for truTV. Manage PR team & projects. 7+ yrs publicity exp required. Reality programming publicity experience a plus. Apply: HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING:PR/NYC: Dvlp, implement effective PR strategies & campaigns resulting in media coverage for truTV. Lead idea generation, dvlp/execute events & social media campgns. Strong w/pitches a must. Apply: HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING:ACCT EXEC: INTEGRATED MARKETING & SALES/PAC-12/SFO: AE for multimedia ad & sponsorship sales 3-5 yrs sales exp. Passion for College sports. Full info/apply HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING:MKTG & PROMOTIONS MGR/NBCU/NYC: Manage strategic planning & execution of off-air mktg promotions for Sprout. Identify partnership opptys & build relationships. 5+ yrs media mktg exp. Full info/apply HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING: MGR, AD SALES MKTG/NYC: Manage creation/execution of ad sales mktg opptys at Sprout. Respond to RFPs & create custom solutions. 5+ yrs media ad sales mktg exp. Strong presenter. Full info/apply HERE (6/19)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR MEDIA RELATIONS/Cablevision/Bethpage NY: 5+ yrs Corp/Agency exp. Strong interest in Technology/exp w/media across consumer/trade/online/wire services. Full info/apply HERE: http://jobs.cablevision.com/ (6/19) req 23103 BR

JOB OPENING: MEDIA ASSIST/Mahwah, NJ: Leading kid media buyg/plng agcy looking for media plng assist with 2+ exp; inputter, & day-to-day maint of nat’l buys. EXCEL WIZ A MUST; digital exp a +. Great bnfits. Resumes to: Llebron@thebeaconmg.com(6/19)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PRICING & PLANNING/Pac-12/SF: 5-10 yrs exp in media and pricing. See full posting/apply to: http://jobvite.com/m?3W8AngwM (6/18)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION/PBS/Arlington VA: Oversee prod & delivery of all mktg/comm promo & brand creative materials on-air & off, dig, in print, on screen & on radio, out-of-home, in social media, and@ events. 7+ yrs in prod envir. Info/apply HERE (6/18) 

JOB OPENING: ASSOC CREATIVE DIR/PBS KIDS/Arlington VA: Work w/creative, prod & strategy teams to conceptualize innovative & creative mktg campaigns that reach across all media. Min 5 yrs TV agency mktg/promo incl tech &creative aspects. Info/apply HERE (6/18) 

JOB OPENING: NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/Eye Mall Media/NYC: OOH/Mobile Media Account Exec, 3+ years related sales experience -strong focus on new accounts. High-energy, driven, goal-oriented.  Full info/apply HERE (6/18)

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Dick Askin has been elected Chairman of the Council of Past Presidents and Past Chairs for the Television Academy. Askin succeeds Leo Chaloukian, who served as Chairman since 2003.

Rabih Gholam has joined Ryan Seacrest Productions as Executive Vice President, Unscripted Programming. Gholam had served as Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at 51 Minds.

Cinedigm promoted Erick Opeka to Executive Vice President, Digital Networks and Suzanna Lee to Director, Business Development and Strategy, Digital Networks, and added Shawn Sheikh as Senior Product Manager, Geoffrey DeHaven as Operations Manager and Jason Rubin as Brand Manager.

ABC News tapped Subrata De to serve as Vice President, Multi-Platform Newsgathering, overseeing domestic, foreign, digital and social media newsgathering. For the last 15 years, De worked for NBC News and MSNBC.

Entertainment One appointed David Shaye to the position of Vice President of Development, U.S. Alternative Programming. Shaye comes from Evolution Media, where he was VP of Development and Co-EP on E!‘s Botched and ABC Family‘s Beverly Hills Nannies.

Miramax tapped Daniel Pipski to serve as Vice President, Television. Pipski had been Head of Working Title Television, where he oversaw development and production of NBC‘s About a Boy.

The NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal promoted Josh Kleinbaum to Executive Editor of the division’s Digital Media Group. Kleinbaum had served as Senior Managing Editor and Managing Editor for the group since 2011.

Assaf Blecher will expand his role as Vice President, Programming and Development for dick clark productions to include oversight of Keshet DCP. In Blecher’s new role he will manage programming and development for Keshet DCP, the joint venture formed by Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions.

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