CBS Corporation Temporary PR Assistant in New York, New York
Temporary PR Assistant
CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Showtime
JOB TYPE: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance
JOB SCHEDULE: Full-Time
JOB LOCATION: New York, NY
With critically-acclaimed and award-winning hits that include BILLIONS, THE AFFAIR, HOMELAND, RAY DONOVAN, MASTERS OF SEX, SHAMELESS, DEXTER®, HOUSE OF LIES, EPISODES and PENNY DREADFUL, Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI) has firmly established itself as a producer and provider of quality original programming.
Original series play a key part in the SHOWTIME programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, the Emmy Award-winning veteran series INSIDE THE NFL™ and 60 MINUTES SPORTS™. SNI also owns and manages Smithsonian Channel™, through its joint venture with the Smithsonian Institution.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Prime Video. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
Support the SVP of Corporate Public Relations, facilitating the proper administrative flow of the office. This role also contributes to the success of the publicity strategies developed to brand Showtime and position it as an industry leader by supporting the PR campaigns, daily press stories, among other responsibilities.
Specific responsibilities will include:
The assistant will be the first point of entry for a very high-volume desk where calls will come in from upper management, our parent company, reporters, agents and managers on deadline for stories among many others. Administrative support includes answering phones, prioritizing tasks, booking travel, filing expense reports, helping highlight trade and consumer articles of interest that are disseminated to upper management, paying invoices, maintaining internal and external press distribution lists, connecting to the appropriate department and executives as calls arrive, and troubleshooting departmental challenges as they arise. The position will also serve as a back-up to the East Coast Coordinator covering department phones when necessary, compiling the daily clip packet distributed company-wide (this is handled in two phases, morning clips distributed as overnight and breaking news stories arise and a second wave sent company-wide to be shared with the West Coast assistants) among other tasks. The ability to react quickly and appropriately in any situation is key.
External contact with national press is a daily occurrence in this position. Examples of requests are being the first point of entry for national media as they call the SVP’s office, assisting reporters with photo and DVD requests, maintaining successful relationships with key vendors including car, travel, among others. Maintaining the proper rapport with the press and accessibility to our executives allows us to leverage press opportunities to our advantage.
Contributes to the effort by helping compile pull press clips for development, casting, digital, marketing , OTT, legal and CBS projects as they arise. Help maintain a comprehensive database of positive network and series quotes used by various areas of the company including marketing, promotions and affiliate sales groups for on-air and print promotional materials. Provide press clips and positive network materials to the CBS Corporation for use in presentations, earnings and corporation board meetings.
Special Events Support:
Works as needed at events such as NY premieres and screenings and other functions.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
A self-starter with the ability to troubleshoot
Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and follow through on all projects
Polite and professional manner, exercising patience and diplomacy
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Bachelor’s degree with concentration in media and/or public relations preferred or equivalent experience
Previous experience assisting executives a plus.
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