02/15/18

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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

02/07/18

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NOW HIRING: Operations Manager

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age.

We partner with the world’s leading brands – Google, YouTube, Universal Pictures, Lenovo, Banana Republic, NBCUniversal, and more – and create original, owned digital entertainment properties. 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.

01/06/18

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NOW HIRING: Associate Producer (SF)

Portal A is an award-winning content studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. Portal A is independent with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

We partner with the world’s leading brands – Google, YouTube, Amazon, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, P&G, Lenovo, Sony Pictures, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

Our team is looking to hire an Associate Producer based in our San Francisco office to manage various components of our production process and work on multiple projects at once.

Responsibilities
• On-set associate producing
• Hiring and managing production coordinators and production assistants
• Organizing all production assistant gear pickups and returns
• Organizing production vendor quotes (g/e gear, trucks, walkies, etc.)
• Working directly with the Producer to put all shooting crew on hold
• Putting together catering and crafty plans for shoots
• Booking and managing talent and crew travel
• Scouting locations and organizing tech scouts
• Booking locations, permits, and insurance
• Booking and monitoring all shoot gear
• Completing and distributing the call sheet and shooting map
• Wrapping shoots including following up with all crew for invoices and receipts
• Assisting the Producer in communicating to crew, locations, and vendors
• Supporting Producer and Post-Supervisor during the edit by booking editors, colorists, VO artists, etc.
• Creating and organizing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for projects and the production team
• Maintaining and improving internal production systems, including gear maintenance
• Working hand-in-hand with Producer and Supervising Producer to ensure a finished product that is high quality, on time, and under budget

Skills/Qualifications
• 1-3 years of video production experience (both in the office and on set)
• Detail-oriented to the extreme
• Able to multi-task and work on several projects at once
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Willingness to work long hours in a startup environment
• Experiencing managing post-production timelines is a plus
• A network of freelancers or vendors — production assistants, production supply houses, etc. — in place is a plus
• Familiarity with production equipment and editing/finishing software is 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, work samples, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “ASSOCIATE PRODUCER” 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.

12/06/17

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YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017

A Time Capsule of Internet Culture, Brought to You by Portal A and YouTube

YouTube Rewind is a project unlike any other. Each year, the Internet’s biggest video brings together twelve months of trends, stars, music, and memes into a single, can’t-miss global event (Rewind 2016 alone was viewed over 200 million times). For the past six years, we’ve had the extraordinary honor of working with YouTube and the platform’s top Creators to help make this project a reality, and to grow the ambition and scale of Rewind to new heights every year.

This edition of Rewind is bigger, bolder, and weirder than ever before – taking our team around the world several times over to bring the dynamic culture of YouTube to life and to collaborate with the most exciting and influential young stars on the planet.

Watch YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017

The production of Rewind is always a thrill ride, and this year was no different. We began the process like we do every year: by consuming an absurd (unhealthy?) amount of YouTube content. From there, we worked with YouTube to craft the structure of the video, and mapped out an ambitious (insane?) plan to bring it all to life.

When all was said and done, we had partnered with a record number of YouTube Creators representing nearly 20 different countries, with 20 shoot days across Rio De Janeiro, London, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and more. Our heroic edit team took it the rest of the way –bringing together an incredible amount of footage from around the globe into a cohesive story that leaves you singing from beginning to end.

As always, Rewind is the result of an extraordinary effort on the part of a production, talent, and creative team (below) who went above and beyond to make Rewind special. And as always, we were inspired at every step by the YouTube community’s unending capacity for creativity and ingenuity.

We hope you love watching Rewind as much as we loved making it. And if you’re ever not sure what’s happening on screen…buckle up and enjoy the ride. There’s always 2018.  

Watch YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017

The Team at Portal A

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REWIND 2017 PRODUCTION CREDITS
YouTube Rewind 2017 Produced by Portal A
Music Composed by The Hood Internet
Creative Director: Kai Hasson
Executive Producers: Zach Blume, Nate Houghteling
Director: Jackson Adams
Project Director: Emma White
Head of Talent: Brittani Kagan
Supervising Producer: Finley Wise
Managing Producer: Elyse Preiss
Senior Producer and Music Supervisor: Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto
Lead Producers: Bouket Fingerhut, Kenji Green, Kady Kamakate, Eduardo Castro Fonseca
Lead Editor: Arturo Morales
Lead Assistant Editor: Bee Rhodes
Talent Producers: Katie Felber, Ellie Loarca, Dustin Glass
Writers: Erin Schmalfeld, Sam Jackson
Brazil Project Manager: Savana Vagueiro da Fonseca
Strategy: Matthew Ward, Chin Lu
Communications: Donna Nasserghodsi
Design: Angela Chang

Digital & Design: Hook Studios
Social Agency: Big Spaceship

LOS ANGELES KEYS

1st AD: Ian Van der Werff
2nd AD: Kate Alden
Production Manager: Christina Argyres
Production Coordinator: Karla Esquivel
Talent Coordinator: Meg Schmidt
Director of Photography: Alan Gwizdowski, Alex Jacobs, Tobias von dem Borne
Steadicam + Drone Operator: Bryant Swanstrom
BTS Photographer: Elyse Frelinger
BTS Videographer: John Charles Peterson, Mitchell Overton
Gaffer: Martin Kobylarz, David Cronin, Evan Cox
Key Grip: Zac Donner, Randy Garcia, David Klassen, Alex Lizotte
Production Designer: Christian Stone
Wardrobe Designer: Ayumi Moore
Key Makeup & Hair: Erica Preus
SFX: Rene Diamente
Choreographer: Matt Steffanina

TOKYO KEYS

Local Fixers: Chikayo Morijiri,  Ryuzo Tsutsui
1st AD: Finley Wise
Director of Photography: Alan Gwizdowski Production Designer: Kikuo Ota
Gaffer: Katsuyuki Hashimoto
Wardrobe: Michiko Koizumi
Hair and Makeup: Yuka Shimizu

WASHINGTON D.C. KEYS
Director: Lex Halaby
Local Fixers: Chan Clagget, Brian Hegedus
Director of Photography: Alex Jacobs

NEW YORK KEYS
Director: Lex Halaby
Local Fixer: Gabriel Munitz- Alessio
Directors of Photography: Bryan Margaca, Diana Eliazov

LAS VEGAS KEYS

Local Fixer: Krystel Aguilera
Director of Photography: Jerry Thompson

LONDON KEYS
Local Fixers: Jeff Emmerson, Lucy Trendle
1st AD’s: Dan Gibling, Finley Wise
Director of Photography: Alan Gwizdowski
Gaffer: Mark Brennan
Key Grip: Terry Williams
Production Designer: Chris Williams
Stylist: Tina Young
Key Makeup / Hair: Amber Childs

RIO DE JANEIRO KEYS
Local Producer: Shanti Corrêa 1st AD: Flavia Gomes
Director of Photography: Lula Carvalho
Gaffer: Aridalto Manhães
Grip: Danilo Macario Production Designer: Gabriella Valverde
Wardrobe Stylist: Julia Mello
Makeup Artist: Luiz Gaia

POST PRODUCTION KEYS
Editors: Pierce Wilson, Bruce Guido, Mikhail Mehra, Mike Immerman, Adrián Morales Ramos, Taylor Brusky
VFX Partner: Visual Creatures: Tita Poe, Alejandro Restrepo, Arnold Aldridge
Color Correction: Aaron Hayden, Daniel Woiwode
Sound Design & Mix: Michael O’Connor

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