Pop-Up Magazine Productions—creator of the popular live-events series Pop-Up Magazine and publisher of the award-winning California Sunday Magazine—is conducting a national search for an Editorial Director of our Brand Studio, to envision and create stylish, imaginative, sponsored editorial projects we call “story advertising,” in partnership with brands, agencies, and our business development team.
Past Pop-Up Magazine Brand Studio projects have included a collection of artful animated shorts featuring Rashida Jones, Mike Mills, and Jack Black; an interview series with contributions from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Rodarte, and John C. Reilly; and a smart, beautifully photographed travel column featuring creative young women in cities across the country. Partner brands have included Google, Airbnb, Coach, Skyy Vodka, Allbirds, MailChimp, Nest, and Lexus.
The California Sunday Magazine publishes deeply reported stories and beautiful photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America. Launched in late 2014, California Sunday has been a finalist for ten National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence, Magazine of the Year, Reporting, Design, and Photography, and a winner three times, for Photography and Design. In 2018, the Society of Publication Designers named California Sunday the Magazine of the Year.
Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, a night of new, live-scored, multimedia stories performed by writers, radio producers, photographers, and filmmakers at large theaters across the country, like Lincoln Center and BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. We have also collaborated on live magazine performances with Beck and McSweeney’s, ESPN, National Geographic, and the TED Conference.
The ideal Editorial Director can think about storytelling in a variety of media like a magazine editor, a radio producer, or a documentary film director. Previous editorial experience is a big plus; or, you might have experience developing high-quality branded content in an agency setting. In either case, you will know how to translate a brand’s creative brief into memorable editorial projects in the style of Pop-Up Magazine and the California Sunday Magazine. You’ll draw inspiration from the worlds of art, design, journalism, photography, film, technology, advertising, and more. We do not expect candidates to have experience in all genres of media. Your work history should demonstrate talent and professional experience in at least one medium, and an interview should reveal good instincts for how other genres of media might be mixed together.
As Editorial Director, you’ll have three primary responsibilities.
One: Dreaming up and sharing ideas. Sometimes this will involve responding in a creative, editorial way to a client’s marketing brief. Other times it’s working with a business development lead to develop an original idea for an editorial project and going out together and pitching it to potential partners.
Two: Identifying and collaborating with talent. Most story ad projects involve a team of freelancers — writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, and more. Our editorial director helps choose and assemble that team.
Three: Producing great, memorable projects for live, print, and online audiences. Reported features, short films, photo essays, and more.
In all our work, diversity is really important to us. This position can be based in San Francisco or New York. To apply, submit a résumé and a thoughtful cover letter.