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)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.