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ReKTGlobal, parent company of Rogue, is bringing leading streamer Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo deeper into the fold in a contract extension. DrLupo will remain with the team with appearances, live streams, and activations. In addition, he has also received equity in ReKTGlobal as part of the deal. “Rogue encompasses professionalism at its finest in the esports industry,” said DrLupo. “The relationships that I’ve developed within Rogue feel like no other – the only word I can use to truly describe the feeling is ‘family.’ They’re goal oriented without losing focus on what is most important in gaming: fun. I’m excited to continue to work with Rogue and ReKTGlobal on a ton of exciting upcoming adventures, and I cannot wait to get more people involved.”
The Washington Post reported that some partners of the Echo Fox franchise lost their bid for a temporary restraining order against Rick Fox in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, with the court filing claiming that Fox had gone against the wishes of his partners in the actions he took with the esports organization. The Washington Post said eight partners sent a letter to Fox on Thursday night and accused him of “willful, wanton, and intentionally destructive efforts towards the Partnership,” and said Fox was responsible for the organization’s fall from a so-called valuation of $150 million 10 months ago to $31 million today. “These are all lies, and this is collusion on the part of [business partners] Amit and Stratton to create the narrative they need to remove me from the control of the company that we started,” Fox said in a phone interview with the Post on Thursday evening.
North American esports organization Pittsburgh Knights announced new investment funding from Esports MX LATAM Fund, a group of investors based in Mexico. The deal reportedly includes Esports MX LATAM launching an affiliated esports team in Mexico that will be modeled on Pittsburgh Knights’ organizational model.
New data from Extreme Networks and eCampus News, surveyed from 281 technical and administrative leaders across K-12 and higher education in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East, found that 1 in 5 schools already have an esports program, and 71% are considering or might consider adding an esports program in the future. 88% of schools with esports programs in place said that their program diversifies extracurricular activities, 56% said it improves overall campus experience, 47% said it fosters interest in STEM, and 41% said it helps with student recruitment.
Blizzard saw huge demand for the launch of World of Warcraft Classic, which scored over 1,000,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch as well as wait times that lasted for hours on some servers, driving Activision’s stock up. The release comes as part of Blizzard celebrating World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary.
Riot Games announced that it had settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged claims of “gender discrimination in pay and promotion, sexual harassment, and retaliation against women working at Riot offices in California.” In a statement the company writes that “We made a commitment to Rioters that we would be willing to take the steps necessary to build trust and to demonstrate that we’re serious about Riot evolving into an excellent place to work for all Rioters. Under these circumstances, we’ve had to look critically at our litigation approach to the class action lawsuit. While we believed that we had a strong position to litigate, we realized that in the long run, doing what is best for both Riot and Rioters was our ideal outcome. Therefore, rather than entrench ourselves and continue to litigate, we chose to pivot and try to take an approach that we believe best demonstrates our commitment to owning our past, and to healing the company so that we can move forward together. As such, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve come to an agreement in principle to settle the class action lawsuit against Riot.”
Razer is partnering with Tencent’s cloud services brand in a move designed to broaden “cloud-based game experiences” as well as “define the standards for cloud gaming”. The duo are eyeballing as many as 124.7 million players by 2022. The partnership is across three specific strategic areas; hardware, software, and “others”. “The collaboration between Razer and Tencent dates back to the days of Crossfire in 2008, and we are delighted that this relationship has gone from strength to strength with a shared commitment to bringing the best experience to the gamer community,” said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. “Thanks to a continuous strengthening of our cooperation, we can offer an unrivalled cloud-based gaming experience to our increasingly sophisticated gaming community, supported by our integrated ecosystem of hardware, software and services.”
Millennial Esports announced that Formula 1 race winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello are backing the company and will take on the roles of ambassador and special advisor for the parent company of World’s Fastest Gamer after investing in the corporation. Montoya will act as judge for World’s Fastest Gamer season two alongside inaugural winner, Dutchman, Rudy van Buren.
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NYC: Reality tv production company is seeking a music supervisor. This person will be responsible for overseeing the placement of all music tracks in our programs, & ensuring all music is properly cleared prior to delivery. Full info HERE (9/12)
Executive Assistant to the President>>
NYC: Reality tv production company seeks an experienced executive assistant to the President, CCO & SVP of Development. General duties include answering phones, heavy scheduling, booking travel, expenses, & contract management. Full info HERE (9/12)
DIRECT RESPONSE, VICE PRESIDENT >> ION/NYC: Oversee and manage all aspects of the DR. Proactively develop business plans to drive account growth and development to achieve revenue goals. 15+ yrs DR selling exp in media or a related field. 3+ yrs of exp managing people or leading a sales team. Full info HERE (9/12)
SALES RESEARCH, DIRECTOR >> ION/NYC: Oversee the Sales Research team and arm the Sales group with network performance metrics, competitive advantages, and thoughtful research stories. 7-10 years of Sales Research exp within the media industry. Strong leadership skills, analytical comm & presentation skills. Full info HERE (9/12)
NETWORK SALES, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >> ION/NYC: Focus on developing new and growing business among major agencies via strong relationships and superior client service. 5+ yrs of sales exp w/national cable, broadcast ad sales or media buying background required. Full info HERE (9/12)
DIRECTOR, STUDIO & TECHNICAL OPERATIONS>>
NBCUniversal/NYC: Seeking top candidate who can maximize all operations of Net News, Sports, Enter, and Corp Events. Must have 7+ yrs in live TV oper environ. A capacity to manage multiple projects, plus a proficiency in MS Office 365 tools such as Teams, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. Full info HERE (9/11)
AD SALES PLANNER, DIRECT RESPONSE>>
TVONE/NYC: Seeking strong candidate with emphasis on client services to supports the Direct Response team. Must be familiar with relevant research tools (MRI, Nielsen, Simmons). 2 yrs of adv/media and 1 yr dir response exp required. 1 yr of dir response TV sls planning and agency buying/planning exp preferred. Full info HERE (9/11)
DIGITAL ACCOUNT LEAD>>
NBC TELEMUNDO BAY AREA: Be a critical part of the sales team, responsible for supervision of all digital solutions including online platforms, creating content, project timelines and more. Work with management to support strategies and meet the needs of our company. Full info HERE (9/10)
SENIOR ANALYST, AD SALES RESEARCH>>
Discovery/NYC: Analytical thinker to leverage variety of rsrch to provide data-driven intel in support of ad sales initiatives for lifestyle brands. Utilize data systems & translate info into insights. 3-5 yrs rel exp req. Full info HERE (9/10)
VP, AD SALES RESEARCH & STRATEGY>>
Discovery/NYC: Strategic leader to oversee compelling research analysis & consumer insights across ntwrks & platfrms to help meet revenue goals & priorities. Work w/partners to develop/execute clear, actionable ad sales plans. 12-15+ yrs rel exp req. Full info HERE (9/10)
A+E/NY: Manage quarterly profit participation reporting to producers, talent and business partners in tv, theatrical and new media motion pictures across the A+E Networks portfolio. BA/BS in Finance or Acctg. Entertainment Royalty payment exp, strong Excel skills, ability to interpret contractual terms, detailed oriented with strong communication skills. Apply HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Work w/show hosts, preparing the rundown of new stories, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video and graphic elements. 3+ yrs executive producing exp or overseeing newscast prod. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Resp for prod of live newscasts, news shows & recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. Generate new story ideas. Strong writing/organizational skills req’d; ability to prod content under heavy deadline pressure. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: News editor with hands-on, real-time oversight of Newsmax.com to focus on politics and national news with health, financial and world news coverage. 3+yrs exp in editing online or other publication. 5+yr exp in journalism. Full info HERE (9/6)
SOCIAL MEDIA MGR>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Enhancing our brand & building strong online community resp for developing/administering social media content that is designed to engage users and create an interactive relationship between consumers & company. 3+yrs exp in social media mngmnt. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Resp for supporting developing relationships w/officials, experts, publicists, agents & talent. Work closely w/ news, programming & talent in prod. At least 5+yrs exp media industry in either TV, online, or print publications. Strong relationships w/TV analysts, experts & publicists. Full info HERE (9/6)
VP AD SALES, TV>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Responsible for planning and implementing cable TV sales and product development programs, both short and long range, targeted toward existing and new markets. Develops, hires, trains and manages advertising sales team.Experience in national TV or cable network sales. Full info HERE (9/6)
NEWS DIRECTOR, VP>>
NEWSMAX TV/NY: Oversee/manage television news dept and staff to ensure the accurate, timely delivery of news. Oversee the daily operations of the TV news operations. Strong understanding of Newsmax brand and talent. Leadership and team building skills. Full info HERE (9/6)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & SOCIAL MEDIA CHAMPIONSHIPS & ALLIANCES>>
NCAA/Indianapolis IN: Collaboratively dvlp/implement/mng NCAA Championships social media strategies. Min 6yrs, social media and/or content prod exp or related field. Excellent written/oral presentation skills. Full info HERE (9/6)
ANALYST, VIDEO SUBSCRIPTION & MEMBERSHIP>>
First Look Media/NY: Resp for maintaining, understanding, and leveraging the organization’s quantitative/qualitative data in support of its premium video streaming offer. Min 2yrs exp w/video content analytics w/ a focus on subscriber acquisition & retention, pref within TV, film, ent, music or video envir. Full info HERE (9/6)
SR MGR, ADVANCED SOLUTIONS>>
A + E Networks/NYC: Leading large Projects/Initiatives, maintaining & optimizing A+E Ad Technology stack, & helping diversify A+E Network’s Ad Product line up. Full Info/Apply HERE (9/6)
Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Entry level, provides support to the NY Research Team. BA/BS req; strong MS Office Skills prior exp. Nielsen systems helpful. Apply HERE (9/6)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT >>
The CW Network/NYC: The CW Network seeks an Executive Assistant for their Media Sales & Planning department. Must have 2+ years of professional administrative experience, preferably in advertising or entertainment. Full info and how to apply HERE (9/4)
SR ANALYST, DIGITAL MKTG ANALYTICS >> Quantitative thinker who will partner with Depts to provide analyses and dev. reporting dashboards and learnings in support of Showtime’s acquisition and retention goals. Effective storyteller and communicator who is able to craft data and insight-driven narratives required. Full info HERE (8/31)
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Develop detailed product requirements inclusive of product mocks if needed and work with engineering to verify understanding and determine LOE.
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Empower cutting edge mobile advertising technologies to create the next generation of our Ads Platform.
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