About FoST


As technologies continue to evolve, how will we create, share, and experience the most fundamental unit of human culture—the story?


Overview

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age. FoST’s year-round programming draws on the collective knowledge of its network of world-class experts from all different spheres of storytelling. FoST produces content throughout the year, including a two-day, invitation-only Summit, which is consistently placed in top lists, including Forbes’s top “Global Events Getting Immersive Right;” Tech Tastings®; storytelling workshops; curated exhibitions with local and international organizations; a monthly newsletter; and the Future of StoryTelling Podcast, recently chosen as a top “New & Noteworthy” series by Apple.

WORK WITH US

FoST is about actively engaging—getting to be a part of a conversation rather than just a member of the audience. I felt privileged to be a part of those roundtables, and valuable new business is going to come from the connections I made there.

David Rowan
Former Editor in Chief, Wired UK
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
  • Acquisitions Editor (Illustrated Books)

    ABOUT MELCHER MEDIA
    Founded in 1993, Melcher Media works with leading brands (Lexus, Facebook, PepsiCo, and Microsoft), media companies (Netflix, HBO, Condé Nast, and NBCUniversal), and individual authors (Oprah Winfrey, Garth Brooks, J.J. Abrams, and Lin-Manuel Miranda) to help them tell their stories via innovative, tactile, and impeccably produced illustrated books. Our decades of experience have propelled 31 of our titles onto the New York Times best seller list, accumulated sales of over 143 million copies, and garnered numerous industry design awards. As Melcher Media expands into the digital arena, our projects have evolved beyond the printed page, through websites, e-books, apps, and other forms of multimedia expression. Our employees are seasoned creative professionals who find inventive ways to connect big ideas with even bigger audiences.

    ABOUT THE POSITION:
    We are seeking a full-time Acquisitions Editor to join our team and help build our list of innovative, high-quality illustrated books. The ideal candidate will:

    • Have a college degree and 5 to 10 years of experience in book acquisitions, ideally acquiring/developing illustrated books (some experience developing custom-published books is a definite plus).
    • Have a demonstrated knowledge of and excitement for the categories of books that Melcher Media publishes.
    • Research potential publication ideas, including new cultural trends.
    • Use their strong editorial vision and networking skills to acquire approximately 8–10 new projects per year.
    • Maintain a strong professional network of authors, agents, publishers, and other potential clients, and help foster and grow relationships with Melcher Media’s existing clients.
    • Be able to develop and write thoroughly researched and compelling book proposals for sales to our publishing partners.
    • Have incredible organizational and project management skills and be able to track a variety of tasks and deliverables.
    • Thrive while working in a self-directed manner, while also collaborating with our senior management and editorial teams.
    • Have impeccable editorial judgment, excellent developmental editing skills, and boundless curiosity and enthusiasm—and use it all to contribute to our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com.

  • Multimedia Producer (Films / Podcasts / Websites)

    Do you love leading creative teams on cutting-edge projects for some of the world’s biggest brands? Do you enjoy crafting innovative ideas and seeing them through to award-winning finished products? Are you excited and fluent working in different media, such as video, XR, podcasts, and websites? Are you a bad-ass producer who thrives with a lot of balls in the air, doesn’t drop any, and stays calm and collected under pressure? Are you looking to join a fun team of storytelling Ninjas who are looking to change the world?

    If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you. We are the Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the premier storytelling company crafting and curating cutting-edge content across media platforms. We are looking for a Multimedia Producer to help create films, podcasts, websites, XR projects, and more. The Multimedia Producer will also help curate speakers, workshops, performances, immersive experiences, and help identify the best examples of new forms of storytelling to feature in podcasts and events throughout the year.

    The Multimedia Producer will play an integral role in upholding FoST’s celebrated reputation for championing the projects, people, trends, and ideas that are defining storytelling in the digital age.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    • College degree and 6 to 10 years of experience in podcasting, film, television, website development, app development, advertising, or marketing.
    • Proven track record of overseeing a creative team and producing great content from soup to nuts.
    • Strong design sensibilities.
    • Network of creators across disciplines (filmmakers, designers, illustrators, developers, writers, etc.)
    • Strong researcher.
    • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment.
    • A passion for new forms of storytelling.
    • Great written and oral communication skills.
    • Positive attitude and a team player.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Ability to work with talent to refine their speaking topics, help them to articulate their ideas, and ensure that they understand what’s valuable and relevant to audiences.
    • A unique creative perspective, boundless curiosity, lots of energy and enthusiasm—and the ability to use it all to contribute to our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Experience working with clients to conceive, create, and deliver projects, keeping them apprised of progress and ensuring that they are appropriately involved and happy with the creative process, and proud of the final results.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

  • Curator and Experiential Producer (Events)

    Do you love working with creative teams on cutting-edge projects for some of the world’s biggest brands? Are you interested in how new forms of technology shape the kinds of stories we can tell today? Do you enjoy project managing innovative ideas and seeing them come to life during award-winning live events? Are you excited and curious about curating immersive experiences and producing a range of live events, both virtual and in-person? Are you a bad-ass event producer who thrives with a lot of balls in the air, doesn’t drop any, and stays calm and collected under pressure? Are you looking to join a fun team of storytelling Ninjas who are looking to change the world?

    If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you. We are the Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the premier storytelling company producing first-in-class live events. We are looking for a top-notch Curator and Experiential Producer to supervise and coordinate all aspects of event and production planning for our virtual and in-person events throughout the year. The Experiential Producer will be responsible for programming and managing the FoST Explorers ClubTM—our exclusive 200-person, invitation-only, eight-month series of virtual and in-person interactive tours, speaker sessions, and socials—as well as other ongoing storytelling courses, Tech Tastings®, and client events. The ideal candidate will possess the unique ability to think creatively about new kinds of event formats and contribute ideas to experience design. They will pay close attention to immersive and new forms of storytelling, and surface the individuals and companies doing the most interesting work. Meticulous organizational skills as well as confidence in negotiating and an instinct for competitive pricing are essential. The Experiential Producer will be responsible for programing and managing speakers, workshops, performances, and immersive experiences year-round, and deliver the unique attendee experience and meticulous attention to detail for which FoST is known.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    • 5–10 years of experience curating and producing live and virtual events, festivals, immersive experiences, and/or conferences.
    • Ability to identify up-and-coming and undiscovered talent and projects that are aligned with FoST’s curatorial focus—those leading the way in AR, AI, VR, wearables, IoT, new interfaces, and beyond.
    • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST’s members, attendees, and online readers.
    • Willingness to lead and contribute to creative brainstorms and content discussions.
    • Connections to artists in the immersive experience spaces is a definite plus.
    • Expertise with new media and technologies, and a knack for technical troubleshooting for exhibition production.
    • An instinct for thinking “big picture” while simultaneously maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Quick decision-making instincts and the ability to work and thrive under pressure.
    • Flexible attitude, with the ability to multi-task and wear multiple hats.
    • Meticulous organizational skills and passion for digital organizational tools.
    • Self-motivated with impeccable time management skills.
    • Ability to negotiate pricing, secure licenses, and execute contracts and agreements.
    • Strong communicator with the ability to liaise between clients, technical crews and creative teams.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and exceptional ability in providing friendly and professional support to clients and members.
    • Ability to prepare production schedule, set clear milestones and deliverables, and effectively delegate to team members.
    • Managing schedules, deadlines, and staffing.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

  • Interns (Design / Editorial / Film)

    Melcher Media and the Future of StoryTelling (FoST) are looking for bright, talented, and enthusiastic interns who want to learn about the publishing industry, creative storytelling, and the future of digital media. This paid, temporary internship (3–12 months) provides an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of multiplatform storytelling with leading global brands. The experience is primarily designed to expose successful candidates to all facets of both companies, providing the opportunity to explore an editorial or design track (or both!), film editing, event production, social media, business development, and more, in an effort to acquire and hone new skills while deciding on the direction of your career. Interns will be exposed to some or all of the following:

    • Working with editors and producers to provide general editorial support on the book, film, website, podcast, and other multimedia projects;
    • working with producers to assist with social media outreach and strategy;
    • working with editors and producers to design apps, books, and other print collateral, information graphics, and websites;
    • working with producers to research and help organize the FoST’s digital programming and events;
    • working with senior staff to brainstorm and pitch new business opportunities;
    • and working directly with senior staff members to provide general administrative assistance.

    Requirements:

    • An interest in digital and social media, storytelling, the editorial process, art, photography, and graphic design;
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
    • a strong work ethic and the desire to learn;
    • and strong familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and/or Final Cut Pro.

    Knowledge of HTML is a definite plus. We are also open to considering an editorial assistant and/or a junior graphic designer positions for applicants who have 1-3 years’ prior experience. New York City applicants preferred, although open to candidates working remotely from home for the first 3-6 months.

    Send résumé and cover letter to info@melcher.com. Strong communication skills are essential for this internship. Please make sure your cover letter expresses clearly why you are interested in interning with us.

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124 West 13th Street, NY, NY 10011 (212) 727-2322