05/09/17

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Doing Good with BAYCAT and Free Arts

Last week, we held all emails, Slack messages, and conference calls, left the office life behind (for a day), and teamed up with two amazing non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Our team in LA brushed up on their arts & crafts skills with Free Arts, an organization that provides art programs and mentorship to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and poverty.

In SF, our team worked with BAYCAT, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering the youth, and the talented interns in their program to provide guidance on what it takes to start a career in the film and media industry. 

Our commitment to supporting local organizations and giving back to the community is a longstanding tradition at Portal A, and we’re so honored to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing groups this year.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit http://freearts.org/ for Free Arts or http://baycat.org/ for BAYCAT.

05/03/17

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Meet Our New LA Home

We are very proud to be opening the doors to Portal A’s new office in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at 600 Wilshire Blvd.

Take the photo tour below or do it old school, and come visit us IRL.

Photo Credit: Lingerfree Photography

05/01/17

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Is This Real Life?

A music video starring NBA legend Stephen Curry and social media legend King Bach? Sponsored by Filter legend Brita? Pinch us, we must be dreaming. Directed by our very own Jackson Adams.

04/15/17

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NOW HIRING: Development Creative

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. We are independent with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At Portal A, we produce premium entertainment with breakthrough talent, dedicating ourselves to a single mission: inspire a new generation of viewers. We partner with some of the world’s leading brands – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

We are hiring a Development Creative to join our Originals team, which oversees the development of large-scale, premium projects for digital and TV. The ideal candidate has experience packaging projects for emerging platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube Red, go90, Seeso, and more, with an emphasis in unscripted.

Responsibilities
Take series concepts from logline to finished materials, including the creation of one-sheets, show bibles, sizzles, and more
• Oversee the packaging process, with an emphasis on unscripted packaging, including talent attachments and optioning original IP
• Tap into and expand our network of outside creatives and producers to bring new ideas into our development pipeline
• Lead weekly unscripted development meetings
• Research market trends, culture trends, underrepresented voices and scenes
Oversee editors on creation of visual pitch materials including rip reels, character reels, and pilots
Work with producers to build out budgets for series presentations
• Contribute directly to shows that are greenlit for production

Skills/Qualifications
5+ years as a Creative Executive in a proven production company or network with previous Development and/or Current Programming experience in the various genres of Unscripted Programming (documentary, competition, talk, etc)
Demonstrable ability to push concepts through development from concept to treatment to visual presentation materials
Knowledgeable and passionate about creating unscripted content
Extensive knowledge of the television and digital media landscape
Demonstrable track record of selling unscripted series a plus
Detail-oriented to the extreme and able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects at once
Able to leverage resources and creatively problem solve
Strong team building, collaborative, and interpersonal skills
• Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate in clear, concise language
• Strong ability to establish priorities and make time-sensitive decisions
• Willingness to work on a collaborative team in a startup environment

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, curious, full of creativity and optimism, with a strong desire to innovate
• Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and collaborative
• Our team structure is flat and non-hierarchical, with opportunities to grow into leadership and contribute at various layers of the process
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage and commuter benefits
• Flexible vacation and work-from-home policies, including multiple WFH days a month.
• A casual work environment
• The chance to be at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, complex creative and strategic industries – original and commercial online video
• Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
• Weekly lunches catered on the company
• Matching charitable donations at year-end
• Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
• The freshest Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)
• Travel stipends between our LA and SF offices
• Reimbursed cell phone expenses

How to apply
Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “DEVELOPMENT CREATIVE” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

04/15/17

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NOW HIRING: Creative Producer

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. We are independent with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At Portal A, we produce premium entertainment with breakthrough talent, dedicating ourselves to a single mission: inspire a new generation of viewers. We partner with some of the world’s leading brands – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

We are looking for a full-time Creative Producer to join our downtown Los Angeles office. Our ideal candidate knows/loves the internet and is driven to create amazing work completely unique to digital.

Responsibilities
Take a creative vision and put it into practice by bringing together multiple departments (creative, production, talent, strategy) to contribute to the final product
• Manage creative process for branded projects — help guide team to hit brand requirements with ideas that are built to reach a wide audience
• Generate concepts for video campaigns, series, and individual videos in a wide variety of styles – from comedy and music video to narrative, episodic, and documentary
• Collaborate with outside talent (influencers, writers, directors) on ideas and creative execution
• Work on external-facing materials and quickly tackle copywriting for creative pitches, treatments, creative bibles, scripts, and more
• Develop ideas and support creative development of original shows for digital and traditional distribution

Skills/Qualifications
• 2-4 years experience – developing and pitching video concepts in the digital space
Big picture creative thinker, able to find the connective tissue between a variety of creative ideas and explain their ideas to teammates, influencers, and clients
• Very comfortable writing external-facing copy for pitch decks and presentation materials
• Experience in branded entertainment and digital marketing (with influencers is a plus)
• Background and high-level understanding of video production
• On set experience a plus

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, curious, full of creativity and optimism, with a strong desire to innovate
• Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and collaborative
• Our team structure is flat and non-hierarchical, with opportunities to grow into leadership and contribute at various layers of the process
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage and commuter benefits
• Flexible vacation and work-from-home policies, including multiple WFH days a month
• A casual work environment
• The chance to be at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, complex creative and strategic industries – original and commercial online video
• Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
• Weekly lunches catered on the company
• Matching charitable donations at year-end
• Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
• The freshest Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)
• Travel stipends between our LA and SF offices
• Reimbursed cell phone expenses

How to apply
Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, work samples, how you heard about the position, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “CREATIVE PRODUCER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

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