05/16/18

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And the Award Goes To...

We’re thrilled to share that Digiday has named us Content Agency of the Year!

This award is a testament to the incredible support and collaboration we’ve received from our community and partners along the way, and recognition of our team’s commitment to creating best-in-class content in our space.

Here’s to more breakthrough work in 2018 (and beyond)!

04/15/18

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New Show on YouTube Red: ONE SHOT

We’re thrilled to announce the premiere of ONE SHOT, the latest and greatest original show from Portal A, debuting on YouTube Red.

ONE SHOT follows internet icon and star choreographer Willdabeast Adams as he hits the streets of Miami to discover an underground dancer and put them on the map in a breakthrough dance video.

Watch the special by clicking the thumbnail below and read more about the coverage of One Shot.

A gigantic thank you to the creative team, the production crew, and our wonderful partners at YouTube Red who helped bring this project to life. Taking this show from concept to execution has been one of our most rewarding journeys and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone who contributed along the way.

Let’s dance!

Team Portal A

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ONE SHOT PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producers: Nate Houghteling, Kai Hasson, Zach Blume, Sheonna Mix
Co-Executive Producers: Brandon Gross, Jacob Motz, Jeff Sabin-Matsumoto, Tarvenia Jones
Line Producer: Jordan Nefouse
Consulting Producers: Will Adams, Tim Milgram
Producers: Brandon Avery, Brittani Kagan
Production Supervisor: Chris Holguin
Supervising Producer: Brad Kreisberg
Associate Producer: Courtney Clark-Breton, Savana Vagueiro, Brittany Turner, Mikayla Cowley, Chin Lu
Production Coordinator: Tyronne Baker Jr.
Director of Photography: Jon Michael Ryan
Camera Operators: Carlos De Varona, Alexandra Vivas
Assistant Camera Operator: Ray Morales Jr.
DIT: Ramses Perez
Tech Coordinator: Adam Heim
Audio Mixer: Jorge Bouza
Gaffer: John Galindez
Grip: Telvin Mobley
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Rivero
Post Producer: Dee Balson Mollett
Editors: Henry Harmon, Erik Rosenbluh, F.Michael Young
Additional Editor: Ben Cook, Arturo Morales
Graphics By: Brad Low, Tess Hannel, Bee Rhodes, Angela Chang
Music: Extreme Music, Vanacore Music, State Seal Music , J Blaze Online Editor: Carlos Ramos
Colorist: Jeff Jacobson
Sound Mixer: Russell Johnson
Post Production Services Provided By: SonicPool Post Production
Casting Producer: Mimi Vengoechea
Casting Assistant: Meg Schmidt
Production Assistants: Juan Alvarez, Ben Jarkow, Colt McCutcheon, Dimitrius Tart

04/11/18

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NOW HIRING: Development Manager

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that creates Branded and Original entertainment for a new generation.

We partner with the world’s leading brands – Google, YouTube, Clorox, Universal Pictures, Lenovo, Warner Bros., Amazon, and more – and develop original series for linear and streaming platforms. Portal A is independent with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Originals team at Portal A oversees the development, packaging, sale, and production of large-scale scripted and unscripted digital and TV projects. We are looking to add a full-time Development Manager to our Downtown Los Angeles team, reporting to our Director of Development.

Position Summary
The Development Manager is at the hub of our Originals team and plays an integral role in the entire life of a project. With 40+ series in development, this person ensures that we are keeping all the trains running on time and managing a variety of deadlines and relationships at once. The Manager is involved during every step of a given project – from sourcing to development to sale and often into production. The role requires someone who can interact and coordinate with a large number of employees in offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a creative team reporting to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities
• Manage the internal systems that push our projects forward, including individual project trackers
• Work closely with the development team to schedule meetings within Portal A as well as with outside collaborators and buyers
• Create and track deadlines for creative materials for internal and external collaborators.
• Research potential talent for development objectives: writers, producers, directors, subjects for unscripted shows.
• Maintain correspondence with outside creatives and collaborators.
• Facilitate delivery and acquisition of various materials to/from outside vendors in a timely fashion.
• Assist in management of the department’s workflow in creative development, sales, and pitch process.
• Take notes in meetings and calls, to share with development and creative teams.
• Maintain up-to-date project tracking documents to be shared with the entire Portal A team.
• Track network needs across TV and digital buyers.
• Aid in creation of pitch documents including sizzle reels, pitch decks, and treatments.
• Administrative duties using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, Slack, travel and expenses, filing.

Skills & Qualifications
• 2-3 years experience as an assistant at a production company, studio, or agency
• Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the development process
• Knowledge of cable TV marketplace
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Knowledge of the digital media landscape a plus
• Experience in production (on sets or in production management or current programming) 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, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LA” 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.

02/07/18

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NOW HIRING: Operations Manager

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that creates Branded and Original entertainment for a new generation.

We partner with the world’s leading brands – Google, YouTube, Clorox, Universal Pictures, Lenovo, Warner Bros., Amazon, and more – and develop original series for linear and streaming platforms. Portal A is independent with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Our team is looking to hire an Operations Manager to manage the day-to-day culture, schedule, and logistics for our Los Angeles office.

Responsibilities

Office Ops
• Manage the team wide calendar keeping it updated and relevant for all team events (out of office, travel)
• Ensure office snacks and kitchen supplies are always stocked and plentiful
• Order office supplies as necessary and ensure everyone is comfortable with his/her workstation
• Manage all office vendor relationships and act as a point person for all communications and coordination
• Manage all scheduling, logistics and coordination for Portal A’s downtown LA loft space
• Ensure office aesthetic is always clean and professional in appearance and function – including common areas, conference rooms, supply/storage, kitchen/bathrooms.
• General reception and hospitality responsibilities
• IT Asset and equipment management, storage & tracking for the LA office
• Brainstorms creatively with SF counterpart to add the element of “fun” to Portal A’s culture
• Assist with executing all Portal A culture initiatives (Friday lunches, birthdays, fun days, employee schwag, employee & client gifts, etc)
• Operate as a support system for the overall team and as a culture ambassador for Portal A

People Ops
• Owns New hire logistics, i.e., desk & schwag set up, employee handbook overview, office tour, etc.
• Freelance onboarding + offboarding
• Manage and maintain all contractor documents in a confidential, organized manner
• Assist Head of Business Ops in benefits open enrollment logistics as needed

Business Ops
• Assist with invoice reconciliation, tracking and reporting of operational expenses and professional services (Overhead, Legal, Bookkeeping, Printing & Shipping, etc)
• Prepare CC statements for reconciliation and assist with monthly office expense tracking and reporting
• Assist the Head of Business Ops with implementing new processes to improve efficiencies
• Executive management support (scheduling and booking travel)
• Ad hoc requests as they arise

Skills/Qualifications
• 2-4 years office management/business operations experience
• Hospitality experience a plus
• Detail-oriented to the extreme
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
• Able to leverage resources and creatively problem solve
• Able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects at once
• Strong team building, collaborative, and interpersonal skills
• Strong background in hospitality and customer service
• 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 “OPERATIONS MANAGER LA” 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.

01/07/18

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New Year, New Music Video

Dreams to come true. Twice.

We are delighted to be kicking off 2018 with this en fuego music video collaboration featuring Internet megastar Rudy Mancuso and NBA legend (and Portal A hero) Wardell Stephen Curry.

Created by Portal A, and produced in collaboration with our fantastic partners at Brita, the video debuted as the #5 top trending video across all of YouTube to the tune of over 2 million views in the first 48 hours.

You better believe we pinch ourselves that we do this for a living.

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