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Amazon, Facebook step up hunt for VR content execs

According to job postings on LinkedIn, Amazon Studios is searching for an experienced content development exec for its VR initiative, while Facebook wants a film and TV lead to amp up its Oculus division.
August 22, 2016

E-commerce giant and digital content producer Amazon has seemingly revealed further plans to produce original VR and AR content for Amazon Prime members in a job posting on LinkedIn looking for a virtual reality experience development executive.

The posting says that Amazon Studios “has an opening for an experienced content development executive to help develop innovative mixed reality experiences for distribution on Amazon Video. The ideal candidate has overseen premium television, film or game production and has some experience with virtual reality technology.”

The job posting goes on to say that candidates should have experience in both the development of series, films or games at an executive level, and premium content that’s either interactive and non-linear or TV and movies. Candidates should also have extensive knowledge of current virtual reality and mixed reality technology and experience in virtual reality content production.

Amazon’s VR ambitions were revealed back in March, again through a job posting. Then, it was looking for a senior software development manager for a virtual reality team within Amazon Video.

Another major new player in content creation and distribution, Facebook, has also recently posted a job opening for a “film and television content lead” who would operate within its Oculus VR/AR division. Successful candidates for this role would, according to the posting, “drive content acquisition and strategy within Oculus with a focused effort on entertainment media as a key pillar” and “drive the greenlighting of film, television and music content while still balancing the needs of the Oculus business across creative, production and financial disciplines,” among other duties.

(From Stream Daily, with files from Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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