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Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 958830BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Searchlight Pictures Date posted Apr. 07, 2022

Job Summary:

Searchlight Pictures is a global specialty film company that develops, produces, finances and acquires motion pictures for both worldwide theatrical and streaming releases. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and is part of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company’s titles have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, amassing 28 Golden Globe Awards, 49 BAFTA awards, and 43 Academy Awards including five Best Picture winners since 2009: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, The Shape of Water, and Nomadland. The company includes Searchlight Television, which develops and produces series for streaming, network, and cable partners.

The Publicist is responsible for helping to plan, execute and manage all aspects of film publicity campaigns.

Reports to: Senior Manager, National Publicity


  • Operate with guidance and direction from publicity leaders, focused on execution of campaign strategies.
  • Help oversee the planning and implementation of press days, premiere press lines, and press conferences.
  • Cover talent in various capacities such as at press days and junkets, premieres, film festivals, screening Q&As, interviews and award shows.
  • Work interdepartmentally to ensure film campaign goals are achieved.
  • Work closely with the Sr Manager and the digital team on partnerships and publicity.
  • Create and maintain various schedules, calendars, status reports and publicity memos.
  • Develop and maintain close and communicative relationships with assigned press, executives, talent and reps.
  • Manage assigned below the line talent.
  • Work closely with other Searchlight departments including Photo/EPK, Digital, Events, National Promotions, Production, etc.
  • Liaise with outside specialty/targeted consultants, vendors, partners, as needed per project
  • Participate in brainstorming meetings.
  • Identify and develop publicity opportunities.
  • Think creatively and outside of the box on publicity campaigns.
  • Will focus on Searchlight streaming releases on Hulu in addition to theatrical titles.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in a Publicity role in a motion picture studio, agency or publicity firm required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications or related field preferred.
  • Adept at managing multiple priorities at once, and organize/prioritize workload effectively.
  • Demonstrated NY-based entertainment press and talent rep relationships.
  • Awards campaign experience is a plus.
  • Ability to work well under time constraints in a fast-paced environment and maintain a positive and professional attitude.
  • Must be a self-starter and proactive in starting projects, asking questions and taking on departmental projects/tasks as needed.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; very organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including overtime during the week and on weekends, when necessary.
  • Adept at social media tools and trends.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications or related field preferred.

About Searchlight Pictures:

Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Studios.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Searchlight Pictures, Inc., which is part of a business we call Searchlight Pictures.

Searchlight Pictures, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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