BuzzFeed is Looking for Writers

A very positive looking post about an available gig, found at BuiltinNyc.Com:

BuzzFeed Entertainment Group is looking for a pop culture obsessive to write about movies and TV! We’re looking for someone who has a vast knowledge of movies (old and new) and watches television religiously that can channel their knowledge into shareable content that’s entertaining and engaging for fans of the entire pop culture spectrum. (More light hearted, to-the-point, and fun posts rather than essays, reviews, or cultural critiques). You should feel comfortable writing about fan theories, easter eggs, and other incredulous details that fans know and love. You should be able to write from the POV of a fan, as you’ll be creating content for them.

We’re looking for those who truly know the deepest corners of the internet, consume pop culture like air, and have a passion for telling stories in a unique voice.

This is a full-time, staff role based out of our New York or Los Angeles offices, available to start immediately. Must have a flexible schedule as working weekends might be required.

Read it all HERE

Oh, and if you’re a New York City based startup, builtinnyc looks pretty damn cool too!

Writing Gigs: Writers Wanted in L.A. Pt 2

Everyone seemed to like this as a feature last week, which means we’re thinking of making it a weekly thing.

For those of you in L.A. trying to crash through the studio doors, here are a few potential gigs we found this week:


Seeking Creative writers & artists for publications (Los Angeles) 

Los Angeles media and publishing company seeking creative writers of all types. We are currently seeking creative writers to contribute to our digital magazine publication which Will be distributed across various networks of social media as well as the issuu.com digital media magazine platform, iBooks, Google Books, Nook & Amazon Ebooks and tablet readers.

“Digital media and magazine publishing accounts for one third of the digital reading publication market. more readers get their news Entertainment and creative stories through digital publications more than ever before.”

We are looking for writers to submit short stories and poetry political news pieces, social justice pieces, documentary write ups, journalist reports, (all information based in these subjects should site sources for reference as well as be based on current ongoing issues whether local national or international), local and international information, art, photography and reviews and opinions. Space for creativity or opinions are not limited by us but please refrain from any hate speech or politically incorrect or biased information. All stories, articles and reports will be reviewed & all submissions will be contacted for further information or further review prior to publishing.

All contributors retain all rights to their works and will be informed of submissions acceptances denials or any changes that may affect the publishing of any works delivered. Proofread and edited copies will be distributed to all contributors as a preview before any publications are released. Please submit any links to works for submission or submit writings or creative stories photography or art by email with all details and author credits included. Print copies will be made available by requests.

Publications (there are three types to choose from)

1. Fuckery (not the name, just how it’s described)

– (zines, cartoons, abstract art, images, collages, words, eclectic things, whatever….)

2. Arts & Culture,
Entertainment & Politics –

– (only submit items that adhere to these topics and are professionally written, proofread, and fact checked unless stated as an opinion based piece)

3. Mobile arts publication-

-(Submit anything created on one of your mobile devices I.e. Images photos notes, sketched doodles, for videos or music submissions please include links to download and album or cover art to be used on page publications)

***these are non biased publications and everyone has the right to their freedom speech, we will try our best to publish any and all works submitted that respect the guidelines previously stated, no matter what the topic.

Feature film writer, fearless, for lead vehicle for performance artist (Los Angeles)

Hi All,

Thanks for reading. Up-and-coming performance artist seeking an ALWAYS outside-the-box but (strictly commercial, it’s not an oxymoron – you know who you are) artist/writer who has a gift for forging unseen reality in celluloid.

I don’t have a budget in place yet, but I can pay $2k for a completed screenplay, genre drama-horror.

I’m looking for someone who is looking for a vehicle to get to the top, the way I am.

Let’s merge our talent and connections!

Please send me a little blurb about yourself and a writing sample.

Thank you!

**SHORT FILM WRITER** (Looking for AWARD WINNING PIECE) (Los Angeles)

Seeking to pair up with a talented writer who demonstrates consciousness by bringing to life todays many various issues.
We live in political turmoil, climate change, homelessness, hungry kids, orphans, endangered animals, aids, cancer.
The list can go on for pages. Essentially seeking a solution oriented writer who can not only shine light on current affairs
but present a sort of solution or acceptance in the process.

This is a SHORT FILM, which means your writing must be meticulous and full of emotion.

We will handle casting, production (pre & post), if you will be a part of the team and we encourage open communication between the team!

Please send tagline, along with summary of script, who you are and of course, a phone number.

Thanks!

Writer Needed For Film Treatment Of Coming Of Age Drama/Sci-fi (Los Angeles)

I am an aspiring independent producer and am currently looking for a writer who can write up a 10-15 page treatment of a feature film concept that I’m developing. I have a rough story outlines and the contract should be in the way I retain the rights to the story.
It’s a futuristic coming-of-age drama in the same vein as “Equals,” “The Lobster,” “Ex-Machina.” The story mainly explores the main characters’ sexual identity in the context of their social environment.

Compensation is $150 flat, and would love to get this treatment done by mid June.

Please submit with brief cover letter and resume/samples if interested. Looking forward to hearing from you.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Do we believe that these are all good gigs? Are we recommending them? No. Not on your life. There are way too many variables in the showbiz employment spectrum for anybody here at TVWriter™ to be able to say, based on a Craigslist ad, “Here’s a good one.”

But we do think that looking into these further could be helpful to TV writing hopefuls, if for no other reason than to get a better feeling for the Hollywood mindset. And that will be helpful to your writing future.

Who knows? You might even find yourself writing your very own self-referential script based on what happens if you apply.

Oh, and, as always, if you do respond to an ad, we would love to hear what transpired. Either in a comment or an article. Yeppers, we’ll take an article on that for sure. (Won’t pay, but, hey, that’s showbiz!)

Break a leg! (Pencil? Keyboard? iPhone?)

Confessions of a paid Amazon review writer

The title of this article certainly got our attention. Is this your future career move? (Do you want it to be?) We’re not making any judgements. As the sign on LB’s monitor sez, “Beats workin’. Beats not workin’ too:”

from Digiday

Many marketing jobs are far from glamorous. Take those toiling in the black market for positive reviews on Amazon.

Merchants have historically offered writers on Amazon free products or services in exchange for positive online write-ups. The practice became so rampant that Amazon updated its community guidelines last October to remove incentivized reviews. But still, many retailers are trying to get around the new policy, according to one top-ranked Amazon reviewer.

In today’s Confessions series, where we grant anonymity in exchange for candor, this Amazon reviewer shared her thoughts on Amazon’s policy change — and pulled the curtain back on merchants’ workarounds. Below are excerpts, slightly edited for clarity.

How does one become an influential Amazon reviewer in the first place?
I have been reviewing on Amazon for a few years, sporadically, but only in the past year have I been doing it seriously. That is because I suddenly broke into the top 10,000 reviewers and then began quickly climbing up. At that point, I decided to see how far up I could get. [She made it to top 50.] Once I got into the top 10,000, vendors started to send me requests to review their products. At that time, it was acceptable for a vendor to send you their product for free in exchange for a review so long as you made it clear in the review that you had received the product in exchange for the review.

What is the most expensive item you have received for free in exchange for reviews?
I would say a Bluetooth speaker that is worth $50 or so.

What categories are you seeing the most demand for product reviews?
Mobile phone accessories, bluetooth devices and sometimes baby products.

Did anything change after Amazon’s crackdown last October?
Prior to the crackdown, vendors could provide you with an item for free so that you could review it for them. Since that policy change, vendors are not allowed to do that [other than for books], and reviewers are not allowed to accept items for free in exchange for a review. So, if one was reviewing in order to get free items to review, it affects them a great deal. I know that a top reviewer was removed by Amazon recently all of a sudden, for no reason.

Does the new policy affect you?
Now I delete most of the review requests. Since the crackdown and change in policy, I only review things that I have ordered myself because I actually needed or wanted them. I tend to post a couple of reviews a day, several days a week. Frankly, there is no reason at this point to write reviews other than because I know that they are useful to people, based on feedback that I get, and I enjoy writing….

Writing Gigs: Writers Wanted in L.A.

Yeah, we know. Writers are always “wanted” in L.A. Except when you’re the writer and you try to sell somebody your work or your services.

Still, the L.A. Craigslist always seems to contain an awful (and they do often seem pretty damn awful) lot of showbiz writing gigs just waiting (or not) for your/our magic talents.

For those of you in L.A. trying to crash through the studio doors, here are a few potential gigs we found this week:


Coverage for TV pilots (LA) 

TV producers needs someone who can do extensive coverage for us.
Please send a couple samples, resume what TV genres/shows are you expert in?
We’ll need one page synopsis and couple pages analysis/story notes.
$25 for half hour comedy
$50 for hour long drama.
Seeking Hip Hop Comedy writer of TV Pilot (Hollywood)

Seeking Hip Hop Comedy writer of TV Pilot (Hollywood)

LA production company is seeking a fresh voice for African-American half-hour comedy pilot script gig (non-union pay)Please submit a resume, logline, and one to two-page synospis of your script.
We will contact you directly if we’re interested in reading your script.
Please be sure that your material is protected prior to sending it to us.
You can register it with the Writers Guild of America West Registry, or via the US Copyright office.

Seeking Creative Writer for Actress (West Hollywood)

We are seeking a writer who can construct everyday emails to writing creative articles.Ideally, a writer who has a major in English or equivalent
Need someone with excellent writing skills and flexible.
Looking to hire someone asap.
Please respond with two types of your favorite work that you would like us to review so we can get an idea of your writing style.
Pay
Per word or per project.

I am looking for a creative partner/scriptwriter (Hollywood Los Angeles)

I have a tv pilot that I have been working for a while now. I have a concept and story that I am very passionate about. It is unique and has something to offer that several other shows do not. I have most of the details worked out along with story arcs and plots, but I am not a scriptwriter. I am looking for someone to partner with to help write the pilot script. I would also be interested in a creative partner as well. This show has a little bit of everything: comedy, supernatural, romance, and some LGBT content in the mix. It is focused on a young adult and possibly teen audience. If you have any questions, advice or are interested in working on this with me please feel free to send me an email. Unfortunately at this time it wont be a paid position but I am willing to give credit where its due and maybe we can work out a payment option later.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Do we believe that these are all good gigs? Are we recommending them? No. Not on your life. There are way too many variables in the showbiz employment spectrum for anybody here at TVWriter™ to be able to say, based on a Craigslist ad, “Here’s a good one.”

But we do think that looking into these further could be helpful to TV writing hopefuls, if for no other reason than to get a better feeling for the Hollywood mindset. And that will be helpful to your writing future.

Who knows? You might even find yourself writing your very own self-referential script based on what happens if you apply.

Oh, and, as always, if you do respond to an ad, we would love to hear what transpired. Either in a comment or an article. Yeppers, we’ll take an article on that for sure. (Won’t pay, but, hey, that’s showbiz!)

Break a leg! (Pencil? Keyboard? iPhone?)

Want to Write About TV? Gig Available

flexjobs has an opening for “an opinionated TV writer,” which sounds to us like a golden opportunity for many (well, at least one) of TVWriter™’s frequent visitors.

Here’s the posting:

For more info on the gig, and flexjobs, all you have to do is CLICK HERE. If you apply, please, please, please tell us how it works out!

Break a leg!

Reality Tea Wants Writers

Could this one be for you?

Join Our Writing Team – Recap Writers, Reality News Writers Wanted

The Reality tea website is looking for writers who are “passionate” about reality TV. If that’s you, then what are you doing here, at TVWriter™, which is all about scripted TV? then we think that first, you should keep coming to TVWriter™ and reading and writing and learning anyway and, second, you should check out the following:

Reality Tea is looking to add several freelance bloggers/writers to our team of reality TV snark experts.  

Recappers

A partial list of shows we need coverage for: Million Dollar Listing, Love & Hip Hop, Dance Moms, Big Brother, Braxton Family Values, Basketball Wives, and others not listed.

News Writers

We need reliable news article writers with plenty of daytime availability and quick turn around time.

Send your resume, links to any published work online, and a sample reality TV news article or recap to editor@realitytea.com. Also include your availability.

Reality Tea

This TVWriter™ minion has an admission to make: She loves that “snark experts” bit and all that’s keeping her from sending in an application herself is the loyalty and love she feels for you, the TVWriter™ audience. (But if you get a gig and there’s room for more, could you maybe drop me the info sometime?)

From Craigslist’s Lips to God’s Ears

TV pilot writing partner wanted (russian river)

compensation: TBD
Looking for a young, like minded and talented writing partner to write a pilot with me for a show concept I have based on high school. Please feel free to text or email if you have any questions.

Here’s the LINK as, once again, a brave soul advertises for a TV writing partner on Craigslist, this time in the San Francisco Bay Area. And this time, as with all other times, our heartfelt advice if you’re thinking of answering is: Be careful.

And, of course, we’d really like to hear from you about how this turns out if, in fact, you contact the like-minded advertiser.

Did you know that nobody has ever told us what happened when they’ve responded to a Craigslist “writer of whatever kind wanted” ad? LB says that must be because they’ve all been eaten. What d’you think? (And yeppers, this is a question you can answer without responding to the ad.)