03/11/19

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We are so proud to be named Best Video Agency in the Digiday Video Awards. Thank you to all our incredible partners and friends for helping us become a 2x Digiday Award Winner.

2X Winner Digiday Awards

01/23/19

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HIRING: Head of Marketing and Business Development

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 many more – and develop and produce original series for streaming platforms. Portal A is independently owned with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Our team is looking to hire a Head of Marketing and Business Development to oversee sales, marketing, and business development efforts for the company.

Responsibilities
• Work directly with company principals and leadership team to develop and execute an aggressive plan for growth for Portal A – across all new business, marketing, and sales activities.
• Build relationships and introduce Portal A to potential brand, platform, network, and agency partners. Maintain a book of business, leading relationships, clients, and projects on an ongoing basis.
• Oversee the full marketing and business development cycle – from company marketing and communications, to lead generation and relationship building, to pitching and signing new business, to managing and strengthening relationships.
• Represent Portal A to the outside world – at industry events and through participation in panels, thought leadership, and more.
• Improve upon Portal A’s existing sales and communications collateral, including pitch decks, video case studies, social advertising, etc.
• Oversee and expand upon Portal A’s existing lines of business and core offering, including sponsorship deals, additional services and capabilities, etc.

Skills/Qualifications
• 10-15 years minimum of business development, sales, marketing, and/or external partnerships experience.
• A passion for digital video, branded content, original entertainment, and a desire to help shape the future of the space.
• Experience proposing, structuring, negotiating, and closing deals to completion.
• A demonstrated ability to develop, lead, and execute on an advanced growth and sales strategy.
• The ability to speak fluently about the digital video and branded content space, along with creative services, digital strategy, emerging talent, content production, and more.
• Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills are an absolute must.
• The ability to write and develop excellent memos, presentations, and proposals, and keep opportunities and contacts organized is a top priority.
• Experience working with business development and sales tracking software.
• The desire to work with a fast-paced, collaborative team in a growing, startup environment.

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, full of creativity, characterized by optimism, curiosity, and a desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and hard-working.
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses.
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage, commuter benefits, and more.
• Paid and flexible vacation and work-from-home policies.
• 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 and gifts (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 “HEAD OF  MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT” 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.

01/10/19

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Portal A + Wheelhouse Entertainment

Today, we’re very proud to announce a partnership that marks a new chapter for Portal A.

We are thrilled to be going into business with Wheelhouse Entertainment, a powerhouse media and entertainment venture founded in 2018 by one of the entertainment world’s most widely respected TV producers, Brent Montgomery.

Read the announcement in The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek.

From our first meeting with Brent, it was clear that he was the type of fearless and relentlessly motivated leader we needed in our corner. As we learned more about the world conquering plans for Wheelhouse, and got to know the best-in-class leadership team he was assembling –including bringing in Jimmy Kimmel as a partner in Wheelhouse– we know this was the type of partnership that would propel Portal A to new heights.

As part of this deal, Wheelhouse will be making a strategic investment in Portal A and taking a minority stake in the company. Portal A will remain independent; and the bootstrapped, underdog mentality that has defined this company over the past decade will continue to be our north star.

This deal will supercharge Portal A in a few important ways. With Wheelhouse’s leadership team behind us, we will grow our footprint nationally and expand our offering to our clients and partners. New connections to talent, network buyers, and leading brands will add jet fuel to our efforts. Brent and his team’s mentorship will allow the three of us, and our entire team, to set our sights even higher.

The vision for Portal A remains unchanged, but the future is brighter than ever before. The mission of this company is to create premium, breakthrough entertainment for a new generation of viewers – and we are so fired up to be doubling down on that mission alongside our new partners at Wheelhouse.

Here’s to big dreams in 2019 and beyond. Let’s do this!

Zach, Kai, and Nate

01/08/19

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NOW HIRING: Strategist (Los Angeles)

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

Independently owned with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Portal A works with top global brands and develops original programming for digital and linear networks.

Portal A’s work has been seen over 1 billion times, and was recently named Content Agency of the Year by Digiday and Content Studio of the year by Cynopsis.

Our team is looking for a full-time Strategist to join our team in our LA office. The right candidate is ambitious, collaborative, and a maker at heart.

Responsibilities

Your primary responsibility is to oversee the strategic components of our work across all stages of a project from pitching clients to optimizing content to reporting campaign results, with a robust understanding of analytics, platform best practices, and how strategy can inform creative.

• Act as lead Strategist on specific projects, working alongside other project leads to monitor and contribute to deliverables throughout development, launch, and reporting
• Pull and log data, auditing performance, and providing insights to improve our work internally as well as to give actionable takeaways to clients
• Work with the creative team on branded and original projects to map out programming and channel strategy
• Help provide team education through extensive research and knowledge of the digital space to keep our work at the vanguard of our industry
• Review content and oversee campaign launches to make sure that everything is fully optimized and up to FTC standards
• Review talent lists to ensure selected Creators will meet the client’s business objectives and maximize KPI’s
• Work with Creative, Production, and Post to lock down social content objectives and production guidelines
• Draft client and creator launch plans to give a complete overview of all Strategic variables
• Help evolve and adapt the Strategic capability to ensure the our work is thoughtful, bold, and streamlined

Experience and Capabilities

The right individual will have 5+ years experience working in digital content creation, with a specific focus on strategy. Experience in digital marketing/advertising is a huge plus, in addition to:

• Innate organizational and project management skills
• Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise language
• Expertise in all aspects of creative development and production
• An ability to take ownership of Strategy and solve issues ahead of schedule, keeping the momentum of the work and positive team dynamics in high pressure situations
• An ability to balance the big picture with day-to-day project delivery details, so that all areas of a project’s Strategy are accounted for both big and small
• An ability to articulate and be assertive in presenting work and facilitating meetings alongside others
• A passion to uphold the quality of our work at all phases of a project
• A penchant for reading numbers and knowing the underlying narrative that will help inform our creative
• Experience with Google Suite and Tubular Labs

Ideal Characteristics

• Active and experienced in internet culture and digital entertainment, personally and/or professionally
• Open to new and different ways of working, rather than sticking to habit or comfortable processes – this is not the right job for a box ticker
• A team-player, open and receptive to the contributions of those around them and a healthy respect for experience of more senior team members
• Challenging the status quo, looking for new ways to push work forward in line with the brief and to positively challenge the client
• Never satisfied, stopping at nothing to do your best work

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 “STRATEGIST” 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.

01/08/19

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NOW HIRING: Senior Creative (Los Angeles)

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 breakthrough entertainment with the best talent on the internet for the biggest brands in the world – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more. Our in-house team of creatives, strategists, talent experts, producers, editors, and more push each other to produce our best work with each new project. We take on huge challenges, create without fear, and learn new things constantly.

We are looking for a full-time Senior Creative to join our kickass team in our downtown Los Angeles office. The right candidate is ambitious, collaborative, and an expert on all things digital entertainment.

Responsibilities

Creativity & Vision. Come up with big, adventurous ideas for video campaigns across genre and platforms. Take that vision and turn it into practice, manage the creative process for a project from start to finish.
Leadership. Uphold that vision with confidence as you collaborate with other departments. Listen effectively and use the expertise from different departments to inform your work.
Communication. Write with intention, clarity, and style for creative pitches, treatments, creative bibles, scripts, and more. Speak with authority and enthusiasm to share your ideas and perspective.
Composure. Represent Portal A in external meetings, calls with clients, on set, and while working with outside parties (talent, influencers, writers, directors).
Adaptability. Possess a can-do spirit and eagerness to jump in on any step of the process. Help out peers with copywriting, brainstorm creative solutions to unexpected problems, and swing at curveballs.
Decisiveness. Make creative decisions with conviction, especially under pressure.

Skills/Qualifications

You have 6-8 years experience. You’re no stranger to developing and creating branded video in the digital space. You’ve encountered challenges, learned from them, and bring that perspective to your work. On set experience or previous work with influencers is a plus.
You are a creative thinker with a unique voice. You pitch ideas that are weird, unique, huge, and sometimes impossible. You can absorb a brief and strategic data, process it all, and come up with something high concept, smart, and inventive.
You’re great on paper and in person. You’re a strong and capable writer. You communicate ideas and complex concepts with ease (and little jargon). You can pitch like a pro, lead a great meeting, and collaborate well with others.
You are competent AND curious.  From the state of the industry to the tools you need to create exceptional work, you know your shit. But even with all that knowledge, you’re still always trying to discover new things to stay ahead of the curve.
You live and breathe internet culture. You can speak to shifts and trends in the world of social video. You’ve seen the latest video, post, or meme before any of your friends. You understand how to tailor a single message for a variety of platforms and formats.
You’re ready to build something. You get invested in your projects, workplace, and colleagues. You feel passionate about building a world-class team and business through impactful creative work.

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. Duh.
• Samples of work.  At least 3, please. Maybe it’s a branded video you’re especially proud of or the best deck you ever made. Show us what you got.
• Cover Letter. Tell us why you think you’re a fit for the role and how you heard about the position. Creativity encouraged.
• Links. Show us what you think is cool on the internet. Could be your favorite YouTube video of all time, a piece of branded content that surprised you, an Instagram account you can’t get enough of, or the best article you read last year.
Please include “SENIOR 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.

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