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.

At the heart of FoST are two signature events. The two-day, invitation-only FoST Summit gathers top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences shaping the storytelling landscape. FoST Festival, open to the public, features VR and AR experiences, tech demos, a multiperson VR theater, panel conversations, live performances, interactive games, and much more.

In addition to the Summit and Festival, FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, such as curated exhibitions; an annual series of short films; regular influencer salons, tech tastings, and storytelling workshops; and a popular blog and other social media content aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.

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
Editor in Chief, Wired UK
HIGHLIGHTS
HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO
PHOTO GALLERY
FoST: Our Story
FoST Community
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
  • Video/Digital Producer

    Do you love leading internal and external technical teams in creating cutting-edge videos, documentaries, and other digital projects? Do you enjoy taking your innovative ideas and seeing them through from initial concept to finished piece? Do you also have experience working on websites, apps, and multimedia content platforms? Are you adept at vetting, hiring, and working with third-party filmmakers, animators, and developers? Are you incredibly well organized and able to deliver work on budget and on deadline while maintaining your cool and sense of humor? Are you looking for a full-time job on a friendly team with competitive compensation and great benefits?

    If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you! We are Melcher Media, a leading producer of award-winning content, including books, apps, films, VR experiences, and more. We also produce the annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) Summit and Festival, which are devoted to the impact of technology on the art and science of storytelling. The Video/Digital Producer’s primary responsibility will be producing FoST’s annual series of approximately 20 FoST films, which feature our Summit speakers sharing their topics of interest. To date, these short films have been viewed millions of times and average 100,000 views per month.

    Basically, we do some really cool stuff, and we’re looking for an unusually talented person to join us. You will:

    ● Have a college degree and 6 to 10 years of experience in developing films, websites, apps, and multimedia content platforms.
    ● Take a leadership role in producing approximately 20 FoST films per year.
    ● Take a technical leadership role on other kinds of digital projects, such as apps and websites, from conceptualization to hiring, managing, and budgeting until final, on-time delivery.
    ● Work directly with new and existing clients to conceive films and other digital projects, keeping them apprised of progress and ensuring that they are appropriately involved and satisfied.
    ● Help find and manage internal and external teams of filmmakers, developers, UX/UI designers, QA engineers, writers, editors, designers, and illustrators.
    ● Develop and manage timelines, budgets, feature lists, punch lists, bug reports, and team communication.
    ● Possess a unique creative perspective, boundless curiosity, lots of energy, and enthusiasm—and use it all to contribute to our entrepreneurial culture.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter to greatstories@melcher.com.

  • Event Producer

    Future of StoryTelling (FoST)—a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age—is looking for a seasoned Senior Producer to oversee all aspects of event and production planning for their 500-person, invitation-only Summit and public-facing Festival (approximately 5,000 attendees) in New York this October 4th—9th, as well as its ongoing Tech Tastings, salons, installations, and other FoST-produced/curated events throughout the year. The Event Producer will work closely with FoST’s curatorial team to deliver the unique attendee experience and meticulous attention to detail that FoST is known for. Specifically, he or she will be responsible for managing transportation, F&B, facility operations, vendor relations, and other logistics to ensure flawless production execution. The ability to think creatively about new kinds of event formats and contribute ideas to creative experience design is encouraged. Confidence in negotiating and an instinct for competitive pricing are essential. This person should have a demonstratively strong network of event vendors, freelancers, and production assistants, and the competence to scale staffing and build teams as the event dates approaches.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    • Experience producing live events, festivals, and/or conferences.
    • Leadership skills and ability to manage teams of 25–30 people.
    • Quick problem-solving and decision-making instincts and the ability to work and thrive under pressure.
    • Ability to negotiate pricing, secure licenses, and execute contracts and agreements.
    • Strong communicator with the ability to liaise between technical crews and creative teams.
    • Understanding of relevant safety laws and procedures.
    • Ability to prepare production schedule, set clear milestones and deliverables, and effectively delegate to team members.
    • An instinct for thinking “big picture” while simultaneously maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.
    • Willingness to contribute to creative brainstorms and content discussions.
    • Work directly with SVP of Business Development to understand all production requirements for sponsorship activations.
    • Work directly with curatorial team to understand all production requirements for speaker sessions.
    • Work directly with main stage performers and technical team to ensure all requirements are met for main stage programming.
    • Expertise with new media and technologies, and a knack for technical troubleshooting for exhibition production.
    • Coordination of technical services for all events, inclusive of audiovisual needs and facility operations.
    • Managing schedules, deadlines, and staffing together, working with the same vendors and partners, and planning joint support events leading up to both the Summit and Festival.

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to mworman@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

  • Content Curator

    Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the premier thought-leadership conference for media influencers, pioneering technologists, and communications executives, is looking for a Content Curator to program panels, speakers, workshops, performances, immersive experiences, and the best examples of new forms of storytelling for events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Content Curator will also oversee the FoST for Good program, where we unite the best storytellers in the world with the organizations that are tackling some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

    This is an unparalleled opportunity to influence the art, business, and practice of communications across a range of disciplines. The Content Curator 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. This candidate should also bring a fresh point of view to FoST’s online communications, by working with writers to populate the blog and social media channels. A refined eye and a passion for what’s innovative in advertising, film, television, publishing, theater, the arts, consumer electronics, and advanced technologies are essential for this role. Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to liaise with high-profile talent, and a well-spoken expertise in industry trends are key.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    • Sophisticated sensibility for the most significant trends at the intersection of storytelling and technology.

    • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST attendees and online readers.

    • 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.

    • 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 the FoST audience.

    • Avid reader of publications that cover consumer technology, creative technology, digital culture, future trends, innovation, new media, and thought leadership.

    • Ability to work with a team of writers and provide editorial insight to improve web content and boost FoST’s online presence.

    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.

  • Illustrated Book Editor / Producer

    Do you love editing, writing, and 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? Do you love the craft of making illustrated books, but are as equally excited about being exposed to other media, such as apps, events, films, and websites? Are you a kick-ass editor/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 Melcher Media, a leading producer of award-winning books and content. For more than 20 years we have been at the forefront of storytelling, publishing 23 New York Times best-sellers, twice winning Apple’s award for best designed app of the year, and garnishing numerous industry accolades for our print and digital titles. We’re known for developing the best and most innovative illustrated books in the industry, for some of the biggest names and most cutting-edge companies—from Al Gore, Larry David, and J.J. Abrams; to Lexus, Microsoft, and Nike, among many others. We also produce the prestigious Future of StoryTelling summit (fost.org). FoST is an annual by-invitation-only gathering devoted to exploring the evolution of storytelling in the digital age.

    Basically, we do some really cool stuff, and we’re looking for an exceptionally bright and talented person to join our team as an illustrated book editor/producer. You will:

    • Have a college degree and 5 to 10 years of experience in book publishing, ideally making illustrated books (some experience developing business books is a definite plus).
    • Take a leadership role on many different kinds of book projects, from conceptualization to hiring, managing, and budgeting until final, on-time delivery.
    • Edit content, which may range from captions to full manuscripts to project proposals.
    • Use your strong visual sensibility to select and direct the creation of images, oversee designers, and conceptualize innovative formats.
    • Work directly with new and existing clients to conceive, create, and deliver book 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.
    • Be adept at hiring and managing creative teams of writers, editors, designers, etc.
    • Be interested in being exposed to other kinds of non-book projects such as apps, events, films, and websites.
    • Be ambitious—an associate editor ready to take the lead as a full-fledged editor/project manager, or an editor who is ready for a senior editorial position—and ultimately someone who wants to grow into the position of editorial director.
    • Possess a unique creative perspective, boundless curiosity, lots of energy 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. No phone calls please.

  • Internships

    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 annual FoST summit. 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!), 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 app, book, video, website, 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 summit;
    • 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, design, and producing the FoST summit;
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
    • A strong work ethic and the desire to learn; and
    • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and HTML is a definite plus.

    TO APPLY: 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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