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At the risk of turning this into an internet scavenger hunt, what you’re looking for is here.
The Black List is hiring a Los Angeles based non-titular employee who will work with founders Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic to continue to build the Black List.
Job will include quasi-assistant work (schedule, travel, research, proofreading, etc.), but the scope and importance of the work will expand over time with continued dedication and effort.
Good candidates will possess exceptional writing, editing, and interpersonal skills, an unusual knowledge of film and television (contemporary and historical, studio and independent) and an extraordinary comfort with technology.
In all likelihood, they’ll also be the type who has interest in the following subjects (and hopefully aptitude for the skills those conversations cover): graphic design, FiveThirtyEight.com, data visualization, correlation vs. causation, Metacritic vs. RottenTomatoes, recommendation algorithms, social media marketing, and Zappos customer service.
Compensation is competitive with major agency and management company assistant compensation. Agency experience is not required.
To apply, email a resume and cover letter, in PDF form, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header, Black List – Job Applicant
Cover letters should include at least two of the following:
- A one paragraph defense of any film with a Metacritic or RottenTomatoes score < 25.
- A one paragraph celebration of your favorite movie poster of all time (include image of the poster in your cover letter, wherever you’d like)
- An answer to “Metacritic or RottenTomatoes? Why?”
- A list (with links) your three favorite uses of data visualization online.
At 9:00 AM PST on Monday December, 17, the Black List will begin tweeting from its Twitter handle @theblcklst, in random order at a rate of approximately one per minute, the titles and authors of the scripts included on the 2012 Black List.
Once every script has been mentioned, the top 10 titles and authors will be tweeted, in reverse order, at which time the complete list, including loglines and additional information, will be made available at the Black List’s website, http://www.blcklst.com
Partnering with the social media giant represents a further embrace of technology for Hollywood’s annual most liked screenplay list that already this October launched an online service allowing writers from all over the world to have their scripts considered by Hollywood.
Said Omid Ashtari, Head of Sports and Entertainment at the social media giant, “increasingly, Twitter is a place where news breaks. Releasing the list on Twitter first is a great way to spark a conversation around these scripts.”
As in every year since 2005, the annual Black List is a survey of Hollywood industry executives who offer up to ten names of their favorite as-yet unproduced screenplays. Over 290 executives participated in this year’s survey. Previous Black List scripts include two of the last four Best Picture award winners (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE KING’S SPEECH) and five of the last ten awarded screenwriting Oscars (JUNO, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE DESCENDANTS.)