Job Title: Publicist, Comedy Central and VIMN
Department: Communications Hub
Reporting: Head of PR and International Events – Comedy Central
Location: Hawley Crescent
The Viacom brand PR team is part of a newly formed cross brand creative, media and social hub, with the ambition of becoming the best consumer comms team in the media and broadcast industry dedicated to delivering innovative, creative and news-agenda driving communications strategies that leverage all platforms across our consumer brands including Channel 5, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
An exciting role for a dynamic and enthusiastic self-starter with a can-do attitude, the publicist will be joining a newly formed creative comms hub, with a core focus on Comedy Central.
The successful candidate will be responsible for project managing a range of campaigns for comedy shows and events to support business objectives as well as becoming an active member of the brand PR team. Reporting into the Head of PR, the successful applicant will love working in a truly integrated 360 team, where it will be crucial to align PR with creative, marketing, media planning and digital teams to maximise impact. The publicist is also required to help support the roll out of key PR initiatives providing assets and aligning announcements across the business.
As a talented and ambitious PR, the successful candidate should have excellent written skills, with an adaptable style to suit consumer press releases, social media feeds, news alerts, internal communications and strategy documents. A dedicated and tenacious team player, the Publicist for Comedy Central and VIMN should take full ownership of their work, delivering to deadlines under pressure and taking the initiative to over deliver wherever possible. The successful candidate should have excellent relationships with key media contacts (both online and print) within the entertainment and comedy industry and have previous experience working with production companies and talent. Social media integration & outreach for publicity campaign is a key priority, with a track record of working creatively to target influencers across platforms including Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Instagram.
The candidate will be the first port of call when it comes to press enquiries and campaigns for Comedy Central UK but there will also be the opportunity for the candidate to work on PR campaigns across the VIMN portfolio including Channel 5, MTV and Nickelodeon.
Comedy Central is a leading Pay TV General Entertainment channel and is part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). A joint venture between VIMN (75%) and BSkyB (25%), Comedy Central airs on Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BT Vision, YouView, VUTV on Freeview and on UPC in the Republic of Ireland, as well as being a leading creator of programming and content across all media platforms. Since launching in the UK in April 2009, Comedy Central’s ratings have gone up 42% and share has grown by a phenomenal 69%.
The channel broadcasts a mix of hit US acquisitions and original UK productions targeting a 16-34 year-old audience. Popular shows include Impractical Jokers, The Middle, South Park and Friends. In 2015 Comedy Central aired its first two international commissions, Brotherhood and I Live With Models, and two new local commissions, Drunk History and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, also debuted on the channel in the UK. In addition to the main Comedy Central channel are Comedy Central +1, Comedy Central Extra and Comedy Central Extra +1 providing audiences with more viewing opportunities and more fantastic content.
EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE:
This job description is a guide to the work you will be initially required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role. This spec summaries the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform.
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