Now Hiring: Lead Assistant Editor Fluent with Adobe Premiere in Los Angeles

Now Hiring: Lead Assistant Editor Fluent with Adobe Premiere

Let’s work together!

  • Do you consider yourself a technically-minded problem solver?
  • Are you fluent with Adobe CC?
  • Are you Los Angeles based?
  • Do you have a pleasant personality?
  • Are you interested in using beta-builds of Adobe Premiere and reporting bugs and feature requests directly to Adobe to help shape the future of Premiere?

Then we want to hear from you…

Unique Lead Assistant Editor Position

Our production company Joke Productions is seeking a lead assistant editor excited about a job with a wide-range of duties.

Pay is commensurate with experience.

Job Description

Looking for lead A.E. with a strong technical background as well as experience delivering shows to networks. We are a friendly work environment, and want a lead A.E. who can work hard but stay cordial. Bad attitudes need not apply.

Must be proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Premiere, After Effects, Prelude, and Media Encoder.

Must be willing to work with advanced BETA versions of Adobe Premiere under NDA and report bugs/request new features by interfacing directly with Adobe.

Need to be comfortable within an NFS shared editing environment, working with both solid state and spinning disk servers.

Must have experience with LTO, basic terminal commands, server maintenance, and an understanding of Media Cache Databases and the maintenance thereof.

Must be able (or willing to learn) to setup and maintain render farms.

Must be comfortable with GFX/VFX compositing within After Effects and know how those elements translate within Premiere.

Must be able to delegate wisely and manage a team of Assistant Editors/Post P.A.s

Job duties entail both supervising and carrying out the ingest of dailies, grouping within Premiere (sometimes up to 10 cameras), organizing editorial projects for Story Editors and Editors, outputs for network, project transfer/organization/maintenance.

You will be working closely with Editors, Story Producers, and Executives, fielding requests, and troubleshooting system/project issues.

You will be responsible for installing, maintaining and updating a wide variety of applications including, but not limited to, Cinema 4d, Vray, Plural Eyes, An(i)ma 3d packages, the Adobe Creative Suite.

You will be working alongside a Post Supervisor, assisting with delivery and therefore must have command of the delivery process i.e. providing DaVinci Resolve colorist with appropriate materials, OMF/AAFs, channelized outputs, Chyron work, video limiters, understanding of scopes and broadcast-legal levels of luminance and chrominance etc.

We are looking for a Lead A.E. who wants to be “the tech person” and who can trouble shoot technical issues with equipment ranging from field laptops to servers.

Potential for longer term employment beyond initial 25 weeks. Pay commensurate with experience.

Upward Mobility

We love to promote from within, and would be happy to discuss your long-term career goals and see if we can help you achieve them at Joke Productions.

This job is currently slated to last 25 weeks. While it may be extended from there, we’re only asking for a 25 week commitment at this time.


Please send an email with a short note, your resume, and any references to:

Los Angeles-based talent only.

About Us

Joke and Biagio are married and make film and TV. Together they own and run Joke Productions, Inc.

Snapped: She Made Me Do It – Our New Crime Series On Oxygen

While we can’t say much, we can enthusiastically share the trailer and press release for our brand new show, Snapped: She Made Me Do It, premiering on Oxygen Sunday, September 6, at 10pm, before moving to its regular timeslot on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.

We are so excited about this show in particular, as Oxygen has been extremely supportive in allowing us to try things, both stylistically and creatively. They’ve been incredible partners, and we can’t wait for you to see Snapped: She Made Me Do It.

She Made Me Do It Trailer

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E! Online Announces Snapped: She Made Me Do It

For a great write up about the show, check out the announcement at E! Online for Snapped: She Made Me Do It.

She Made Me Do It Press Release


Series To Air In Regular Timeslot Beginning on Wednesday, September 9 at 10PM ET

NEW YORK, NY – July 27, 2015 – Oxygen Media continues to expand its true crime original programming with the premiere of “Snapped: She Made Me Do It” on Sunday, September 6 at 10pm ET/PT. Following the premiere, episode two will air in its regularly scheduled timeslot on Wednesday, September 9 at 10pm ET/PT. Through witness testimonies, expert interviews and dramatic reenactments, each episode explores various criminal cases all sharing a common theme – a woman is credited with being the chief mastermind behind-the-scenes. From a romantic reconciliation dinner that ends in homicide to a star athlete who is discovered lifeless with mysterious wounds, viewers will follow the investigations of alleged perpetrators who claim “She Made Me Do It,” hear both sides of the story and ultimately discover the jury’s verdict.

“In line with the network’s commitment to generate programming that resonates with dynamic and diverse women, ‘Snapped’ remains Oxygen’s ultimate guilty pleasure delivering non-stop twist and turns,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “‘Snapped: She Made Me Do It’ is the perfect addition to Oxygen’s true crime programing slate and will offer viewers unprecedented access to true stories surrounding the femme fatale.”

In the premiere episode, a husband is found dead and his cousin-in-law is identified as the killer. Did the deceased’s sultry wife convince the murderer to strike or was she just an innocent bystander? For a sneak peek of “Snapped: She Made Me Do It,” please visit:

Leading up to the premiere of “Snapped: She Made Me Do It,” tune in to a new episode of “Snapped” at 9pm ET/PT when years after a deadly home invasion, a Texas woman faces new questions about the death of her mother.

For more “Snapped She Made Me Do It” and “Snapped” visit the Facebook page or join the conversation by using #Snapped on twitter.

“Snapped: She Made Me Do It” is produced by Joke Productions with Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina serving as Executive Producers.

About Joke Productions
Co-founded by wife-and-husband team Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina, the married duo have guided Joke Productions from start-up to established, full service production company. As both award-winning documentarians and seasoned large-scale reality TV producers, Joke and Biagio aim to bring their unique, hands-on blend of vérité, storytelling, visuals, and computer generated imagery to the wide variety of projects they undertake. Past credits include MTV’s Caged, A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, LMN’s Ghost Inside My Child, IFC’s Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, VH1’s Scream Queens, and MTV’s True Life Presents: Secrets, Lies, and Sex. Joke and Biagio also served as Co-Executive Producers and show runners on The CW’s Beauty and the Geek and NBC’s Science of Love. Their award-winning documentary Dying to do Letterman played theatrically in the U.S. and is currently distributed by Oscilloscope.

About Oxygen Media
Oxygen Media is a multiplatform entertainment brand that targets young, multicultural women. The network’s relevant and engaging content reflects how real women with real stories see the world – vibrant, optimistic and bold. Oxygen is the destination where women can come together across multiple platforms to have fun and encourage each other through their individual and collective journeys. The growing network’s unscripted original programming includes “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” “The Prancing Elites Project,” “Like A Boss,” “Create Your Day Job” and the popular “Preachers” franchise. Available in over 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.

Now Hiring: Entry Level Editor for Television Development

Now Hiring: Assistant Editor/Entry Level Editor for Sizzle Reels

Let’s work together!

  • Do you consider yourself a storyteller first and aspiring editor second?
  • Are you fluent with Adobe CC?
  • Are you Los Angeles based?
  • Do you have a pleasant personality?

Then we want to hear from you…

Unique Assistant/Entry Level Editor Position

Our production company Joke Productions is seeking an aspiring editor with:

  • Great creative instincts
  • The ability to choose and edit to music
  • Basic graphic and sound mix abilities
  • The desire to learn and grow in the unscripted and alternative television business

You’ll be cutting string outs and rough cuts of pitch tapes, which you’ll eventually help finish alongside an experienced editor.

Pitch reels will cover a range of genres including drama, comedy, action, thriller, competition, and more. Applicants must be willing to develop a large editing vocabulary.

This job requires an indie, “get it done” attitude, the willingness to experiment, and the ability to look at reference material in order to match a wide variety of editing styles.

You’ll be working hand in hand with the company owners who will give you notes, guide the creative, and provide scripts/outlines.

Pay is commensurate with experience, however, this is an entry-level position.

We’re looking for people eager to learn the business and take their skills to the next level. If you’re an editor on the level of Walter Murch, we can’t afford you.

This is a great opportunity for someone with a variety of creative post experience who is looking to break into documentary series, reality TV, and alternative television.

Upward Mobility

We love to promote from within, and this path may lead to full time work on one of our series.

This job is currently slated to last six weeks. While it may be extended from there, we’re only asking for a six week commitment at this time.

If you want to work side by side with the two of us (Joke and Biagio) on a brand new slate of television development, let’s talk…


Please send an email with a short note, your resume, any references, and a link to your reel to:

Los Angeles-based talent preferred.

About Us

Joke and Biagio are married and make film and TV. Together they own and run Joke Productions, Inc.

Now Hiring Creative Cinematographers for TV Series

Do you consider yourself a story teller first and a cinematographer second? Then we’d love to hear from you.

Unique D.P./Director Position

Our production company Joke Productions is hiring for an upcoming television series. Show will include cinematic recreations and stylistically lit interviews.

We’re looking for cinematographers who like to experiment, are willing to create a fresh look on a tight schedule, and aren’t afraid to work with a small crew.

This job requires an indie, “get it done” attitude.

Additionally, we’d like to meet with D.P.’s who are comfortable directing actors in non-dialogue driven scenes.

You’ll also be working with our in-house VFX artist to ensure some shots can be enhanced with CG elements.

The variety of material you’ll shoot should provide you with a diverse range of new shots for your reel.

If you want to work side by side with the two of us on a brand new show airing later this year on a major cable network, let’s talk…
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Pitching Reality Shows: Ultimate Guide

Our new resource on pitching reality TV is a free guide and ebook I coerced Joke into writing with me :-)

How to Pitch a Reality Show

We set out to make it the ultimate free resource about pitching reality TV anywhere on the web.

Our TV Shows and YOU

As many of you know, we work extensively in Unscripted Television, and have made over 100 hours of TV at our reality TV production company Joke Productions.

And we’re big defenders of new talent.

Awhile back we started accepting pitches for documentary series, reality TV shows, and factual programming from those of you who read our blog.

We’ve Put Three Projects On TV With You

So far, Ghost Inside My Child, MTV’s True Life Presents: Secrets, Lies, and Sex, and MTV’s Caged have come from this outreach.

Along the way, we started Producing Unscripted.

It’s our blog and podcast aimed at helping those pitching us learn the right way to create, pitch, sell, and make reality TV shows and documentary series.

We even started a free members-only portal to make pitching to us easier.

So yes, we really do want to work with you!

How to Pitch a Reality Show

One of the problems we kept running up against is that there is some bad web advice out there. There are sites that will tell you how to pitch reality shows…but many of them get it wrong. Without bad-mouthing them, we’ll just say that we believe these posts mean well, but were put out by people who haven’t sold or made a lot of TV shows.

Because of these sites, we’ve received a slew of shows through our portal that are pitched wrong. We can tell, because they’re all pitched wrong in the same way.

Our solution: write a 10,000 word, free guide that dispelled myths and helped people focus their pitching resources.

So if you’re interested in making reality TV in any way, shape, or form, or have ever wondered what it takes to pitch reality shows, please check out “How to Pitch a Reality Show”.

Rene: Featured Kickstarter Project

Rene is the kind of movie Kickstarter was born for.

It’s outside the box. A passion project by a talented filmmaker. And no one in Hollywood will make it.

Rene by Mattson Tomlin

He’s found himself in the middle of the woods, filming Rene, a project he wants to finish and get out to the world.

Many filmmakers launch on Kickstarter and ask for the moon and stars, but have nothing to prove they have the ability to get their film done.

Mattson, however, has already shot some great looking footage for Rene.

His campaign feels like it’s coming from an accomplished filmmaker asking people to meet him halfway, rather than a wide-eyed dreamer begging for change.

We were turned on to the project by the fabulous Jeanne V. Bowerman, who you need to follow on Twitter immediately. As usual, Jeanne’s taste is top-notch.

Have a look at the Kickstarter campaign for Rene:

No Strangers to Kickstarter

As many know, thanks to a lot of you reading this, we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago for our film Dying to do Letterman.

We always felt that part of our success was in showing people we were willing to put our money where our mouth was. Mattson is doing the same with Rene.

In fact, he checks off a lot of the items we discussed in this recent podcast on the Film Festival Secrets website.

We were happy to back this project. You can do the same at the Rene Kickstarter Project Page.

You might also enjoy this list of tips we put together from running our own Kickstarter campaign: Kickstarter Success.

Now Hiring: Ultimate Entry Level Position for Reality TV

Update: Yes, as of November 3, 2015, we’re hiring again!

Can’t believe it’s been a year since we first posted this position, and hired our current assistant Coralie. She’s done amazing, and as her year comes to a close, she’s decided she’d like to move into post-production. Coralie will be an assistant editor on our upcoming (unannounced) TV series.

So once again, we look to fill the below position with someone eager and excited to work in unscripted television. If appropriate, please submit for this job or share with those who might be interested.

The position:

Los Angeles Based.

Assistant to company owners at Joke Productions, Inc. (Joke and Biagio.)

One year commitment.  

Possibility for promotion into other departments.   [Read more…]

Did My Idea Get Stolen? Focus on This Instead…

There’s a great guest post on John August’s blog called When You Think Someone Stole Your Idea.

Written by aspiring screenwriter Randall Girdner, it explores those sickening thoughts most of us have had at some point:

  • Did someone steal my idea?
  • Will someone steal my idea?

The post is an honest exploration of Randall’s situation, and includes a reply from John that is dead on in it’s accuracy and wisdom.

Ideas are Just That — Ideas

As most of you know, our main business is producing documentary and unscripted television.

We even set up a way for people to pitch reality TV, unscripted, and documentary concepts to us, and have 23 episodes and counting of a podcast dedicated to helping people do just that.

And a recurring theme in our podcast is … ideas are not enough.

One big idea is not enough.

A great idea is not enough.

Especially in unscripted television, where there is no script (at least, in the kind we make) — ideas are almost meaningless.

A Better Way to Protect Yourself

But there is a much better way to protect yourself than registering an idea or signing up for some online blah-blah whatever someone’s trying to sell you to protect your work today (in our humble, and certainly not legal, opinion.)

In fact, one way that trumps everything else.

It’s hard, and it takes a while, but it works.

Make yourself valuable.

What are we talking about? We discuss it all here, in episode 2 of our podcast:

Why Ideas Aren’t Enough.

Finally, in our 10,000 word guide about pitching factual entertainment, we get into all of this in great detail.

Check it out when you get a sec, and start figuring our how to make yourself more valuable than any single idea.