First Look Media

First Look Media First Look Media is a new model media company born out of today’s digital culture and devoted to supporting independent voices across all platforms, from f

A bold, independent spirit defines everything we do at First Look Media – from journalism that holds the powerful accountable, to arts & entertainment that shapes our culture. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a v

A bold, independent spirit defines everything we do at First Look Media – from journalism that holds the powerful accountable, to arts & entertainment that shapes our culture. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a v

A lifelong odyssey. One impossible dream. #100FootWave, an HBO original documentary series that captures Garrett McNamar...
06/21/2021
Marvel at the mammoth swell in first trailer for HBO docuseries '100 Foot Wave'

A lifelong odyssey. One impossible dream. #100FootWave, an HBO original documentary series that captures Garrett McNamara’s legacy as a surfing pioneer that inspired a new generation of giant wave riders, premiering July 18 at 10PM on HBO Max.

Surfing legend Garrett McNamara chases a dangerous dream off Nazaré, Portugal.

“Yesterday’s verdict is a step forward, but there is more work our nation must do as part of the journey toward racial e...
04/21/2021

“Yesterday’s verdict is a step forward, but there is more work our nation must do as part of the journey toward racial equality and healing. At First Look Media we will continue to push for change and are dedicated to creating a better society.”

“Yesterday’s verdict is a step forward, but there is more work our nation must do as part of the journey toward racial equality and healing. At First Look Media we will continue to push for change and are dedicated to creating a better society.”

Topic Press Freedom Defense Fund The Intercept Field of Vision #topicstudios#StopAAPIHate
03/17/2021

Topic Press Freedom Defense Fund The Intercept Field of Vision #topicstudios

#StopAAPIHate

Topic Press Freedom Defense Fund The Intercept Field of Vision #topicstudios

#StopAAPIHate

Congratulations to Topic and Field of Vision for their respective The Academy Awards nominations on behalf of #TheLetter...
03/15/2021

Congratulations to Topic and Field of Vision for their respective The Academy Awards nominations on behalf of #TheLetterRoom, Live Action Short Film directed by Elvira Lind, and #DoNotSplit, Documentary Short Subject directed by Anders Hammer.

About:
Directed by Elvira Lind and starring Oscar Isaac and Alia Shawkat “The Letter Room” is a darkly comedic glimpse into the secret life of a correctional officer. After being transferred to # the prison’s letter room, he soon finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. View trailer here: https://youtu.be/9546Qz1LfHk
________________________________

Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, “Do Not Split” begins in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong. Unfolding across a year, “Do Not Split” captures the determination and sacrifices of the protesters, the government’s backlash, and the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law.
Watch it here: https://fieldofvision.org/do-not-split

First Look Media is proud to take part in #StopHateForProfit by halting our paid ad spend on Facebook and its platforms ...
07/15/2020

First Look Media is proud to take part in #StopHateForProfit by halting our paid ad spend on Facebook and its platforms during July to send a clear signal that they must stop spreading hate and misinformation.

Supporting and amplifying underrepresented voices is at the core of our mission and is something we will continue to do. We proudly stand together with so many other businesses to put people over profit.
https://www.stophateforprofit.org/productrecommendations
stophateforprofit.org

First Look Media and the Press Freedom Defense Fund are proud to join the #HoldTheLine Coalition as a founding member to...
07/09/2020
Petition : #HoldTheLine: Sign to support Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines | Reporters without borders

First Look Media and the Press Freedom Defense Fund are proud to join the #HoldTheLine Coalition as a founding member to support Maria Ressa and Independent Media in the Philippines.

You can sign the petition here: https://rsf.org/en/free-mariaressa

An internationally celebrated Filipino-American journalist, Maria Ressa is best known for two decades covering South East Asia for CNN and founding the multi-award winning Philippines news website Rappler. On 15 June 2020, Ressa was convicted of “cyber-libel,” alongside former Rappler colleague ...

George Floyd. Michael Brown. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin and too many others.  Black peop...
06/02/2020

George Floyd. Michael Brown. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin and too many others. Black people have been victims of structural racism and police brutality for centuries. It must change. Everyone must work to make it better.

First Look Media is an organization committed to driving positive societal change. One of our core tenets is to shine a light on social injustices. We will continue to shine that light on injustice and abuses of power through our journalism, film, documentaries, TV, podcasts, and our Press Freedom Defense Fund. We will continue to make noise, make people uncomfortable, and push for change. We will use our platforms in the most powerful, impactful ways possible. Black Lives Matter.

04/17/2020
Topic

If you missed the premiere of The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth, you can catch it on Topic now!

Tune in next week for a brand new episode.

Watch the series premiere of The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth in full now! Join us for some laughs with host Jack McBrayer, musical guest Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and the legendary Fred Willard.

Come back next Thursday at 9PM EST/6PM PST for episode 2.

Need a laugh? Topic teamed up with The Second City for The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth, a weekly s...
04/16/2020

Need a laugh? Topic teamed up with The Second City for The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth, a weekly sketch comedy series. The first episode will be hosted by 30 Rock alum, Jack McBrayer and feature Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy!

Tune in tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST for the premiere.


Watch it on Topic's page.

Shoutout to Reza Aslan's new Topic series 'Rough Draft' in LA Weekly.
12/17/2019
Reza Aslan: The Multi-Hyphenate Narrativist Blazing His Own Trail - LA Weekly

Shoutout to Reza Aslan's new Topic series 'Rough Draft' in LA Weekly.

Aslan is first and foremost a progressive scholar of world religions and author of helpful considerations of religious history. But increasingly, his writing has turned toward screenplays. Plus, the world has been encountering him as an on-air personality, partner in a busy media studio and the face...

Vulture names Headlong: Running From COPS among the best podcasts of 2019.
12/09/2019
The Best Podcasts of 2019

Vulture names Headlong: Running From COPS among the best podcasts of 2019.

In a noisy year for the medium, some of the best projects turned out to be personal, individualistic, and quiet.

Topic films The Climb, Dream Horse, The Nowhere Inn, The Fight, and Mucho Mucho Amor are all going to Sundance Film Fest...
12/04/2019
2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: 118 FEATURE FILMS ANNOUNCED

Topic films The Climb, Dream Horse, The Nowhere Inn, The Fight, and Mucho Mucho Amor are all going to Sundance Film Festival!

Drawn From a Record High of 15,100 Submissions Across The Program, Including 3,853 Features, Selected Films Represent 27 Countries

Topic GM Ryan Chanatry joins Digital Trends Live to discuss Topic's streaming launch. Watch here:
11/21/2019
Digital Trends Live: Join Us Live Every Weekday | Digital Trends

Topic GM Ryan Chanatry joins Digital Trends Live to discuss Topic's streaming launch. Watch here:

Tech moves too fast to watch last week’s news. So watch it unfold live on Digital Trends! Every weekday, join us live as we digest what’s happening now, grill guests, show off the hottest products, and let our expert editors take you behind the scenes in our gadget nerve center. Ask questions. C...

PAHOKEE is an intimate cinematic yearbook of life for high schoolers in rural southern Florida. See it at DOC NYC on Nov...
10/30/2019

PAHOKEE is an intimate cinematic yearbook of life for high schoolers in rural southern Florida. See it at DOC NYC on Nov. 13th: docnyc.net/film/pahokee/

Congratulations to Topic for IDA nominations in the Best Audio Documentary and Best Short Form Series categories!
10/24/2019
Female Directors Dominate in IDA Documentary Awards Nominations

Congratulations to Topic for IDA nominations in the Best Audio Documentary and Best Short Form Series categories!

Six of the 10 Best Feature nominees, and all of the films nominated in the new Best Director category, are directed or co-directed by women

Kate Kunath and Topic made the International Documentary Association award short list for 'Show Me The Way'.
10/11/2019
IDA Documentary Awards 2019: Shortlists

Kate Kunath and Topic made the International Documentary Association award short list for 'Show Me The Way'.

Announcing the shortlists for Best Feature and Best Short categories. The 2019 Awards will be presented during a ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 7.

Birds of North America was featured in WBHM.
09/30/2019
Drawing a More Diverse Crowd to the Outdoors | WBHM 90.3

Birds of North America was featured in WBHM.

There’s a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who say nature isn’t just for white people. They want recreation groups to do more to attract people of color. The Birmingham Audubon Society organized a trip where black birders led a group to Hale County.

Topic Studios' LEAVE NO TRACE is #57 on The Guardian's the 100 best films of the 21st century list! https://go.topic.com...
09/16/2019
The 100 best films of the 21st century

Topic Studios' LEAVE NO TRACE is #57 on
The Guardian's the 100 best films of the 21st century list!
https://go.topic.com/2lU4AED

Gangsters, superheroes, schoolkids, lovers, slaves, peasants, techies, Tenenbaums and freefalling astronauts – they’re all here in our countdown of cinema’s best movies since 2000

First Look Media's cover photo
07/03/2019

First Look Media's cover photo

Address

114 5th Ave
New York, NY
10011

Telephone

(917) 477-6500

Products

Film, Television, Journalism, Web, Digital, Podcasts, The Intercept, Topic, Field of Vision, The Nib, Spotlight Movie

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when First Look Media posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Nearby media companies


Other Media/News Companies in New York

Show All

Comments

We haven't managed to change much in the last decade of fractured little groups fighting their individual tuffs with society! Wouldn't we be better off forming a coalition to effect real change! We need AN EVOLUTION, not a Revolution! We need help in getting all the colonized countries back to grassroots in native community ownership! The reconciliation banter is insulting & dismissive. For 40 years, I have been advocating for those marginalized by colonization, Capitalism, and wealth disparity. I want to share and discuss with you a path to complete conciliation! I have no interest in speaking on behalf of the native community. However, I can share my 40 years of experience in fighting for Human Rights and following the current system of Confederation which is on point to destroy our country & the planet. 40 years of not being proud of my country is how I conceived the plan We need to pull together a strong coalition of support. There was a good start back in September when David Bjorkman gathered a forum together in Barrie to discuss constitutional law. All the colonized communities were represented and Constitutional scholars from around the World and members of their respective aboriginal communities. This is a good start, but David is off setting up a new political party to run in the next election. Why wait until then, we can move for the Governor-General to call for an immediate election based on the current government violating the Human Rights of the 1.7 Million living in poverty in Canada. While putting the entire population's lives at risk BY FRACKING. We're trying to get all the Global support groups together in one place so we can effectively evolve to a non-capitalist society where no one is left behind including the planet. We aren't talking Communism, we are talking about a Scandinavian Economy model. It's time for a bold new party, not afraid to s ban fracking, the only party willing to read the Human rights violations from the floors of both houses exposing the Capitalist Politicians for the Human Rights violations of those living in poverty and with Disabilities. The only party giving voice to the yearly 40K Canadians who prematurely die imprisoned in poverty. Our support for votes will come from the entire Native community, the 1.7 million living in poverty, 440M disabled, and every voter disgusted with the Capitalist Model responsible for killing our planet. Once we lay bare the Human Rights Violations of the political, we will get their vote and their experienced politicians running for the Only party left standing. The lining up of all of these opportunities finally allows us to move forward with a vision to take down colonialism & Capitalism around the World. With this being a global movement, we move to a bitcoin or Like economy with a world restriction on the limit permitted to any one entity. This would settle the wealth disparity. We break up the mega-corps and institutions based on crimes against humanity and those products and services are turned over to the employees to be operated as non-profit co-ops. We create our own version of A NEW WORLD ORDER! A world with no poverty, head to toe Health care, affordable drugs, an earth-based economy living within its means. Buying homes, cars at cost. Take your golf cart shopping…. A brave new world for the people by the people and of the 99% and no 1% percent!!!!! https://peoplesofthesalmon.net/ Human Rights Advocate Per: Al Garland
THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? By Amy Zuckerman My nightmare with the media and the Norfolk County Massachusetts court system began three years, three months and counting on June 7, 2018, when I walked into the Dedham District Court at 9 a.m. to defend myself against an accusation of harassing a Boston real estate broker who I barely knew. This man did not show up and the judge dismissed the case after asking me a few questions. He didn’t even take the evidence I offered, which was going to get me into far more trouble than I could ever imagine. I was shaken when I left the court. Was this dismissal going to stop this man, known for his tenacity, from trying to get me back in court? If he could convince one judge to set up a harassment hearing, then he could do it again. I wasn’t thinking at the time of being found guilty of anything. I was thinking of the cost of preparing my defense and the 160-mile round trip to court and back. I went to find a café and noticed a sign for The Dedham Times. It occurred to me in a flash that I might get the local newspaper to write a story about this case and its connection to FACEBOOK. I am a former daily journalist and editor, so I called the editor who I will call Max to talk as one news person to another. He found the civil harassment case and the FACEBOOK angle interesting and invited me to visit him at The Walpole Times where he was working as editor that day. Walpole is a small town about 20 minutes south of Dedham. It is known best as the location of a maximum-security men’s prison, which unfortunately would prove quite ironic. After what seemed a lot of twists and turns, I located the small office building that housed the newspaper. The front door was open to the public and so was the newsroom. I chatted with Max amiably and left him the evidence for my harassment case defense on my way out. He said the story ideas I gave him were a bit beyond the skill of his staff, so he would pass them onto his boss. That was it. I put Max on an email list with other editors I was keeping posted on an investigation I was doing about defects in the Toyota Prius. We never talked again. Fast forward to the afternoon of July 6 I never thought I would care about the security of this newsroom or any other. But I was distressed to see that a mad shooter had murdered five journalists in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Maryland on June 28. I called and emailed many media friends to make sure they were safe, and their newsrooms were secure from intruders. Most were not. So the Capital City massacre was fresh in my mind when I emailed Max the afternoon of July 6, about a month after our meeting, about the Prius investigation. Remembering that there was easy access to The Walpole Times newsroom, I wrote a warning that ended up reading: “I anyway can shoot through the window of The Waffle Times.” What I was trying to say before auto correct combined with voice recognition software got in the way was “anyone could shoot through the window of The Walpole Times.” I have no idea if the correct version of that sentence would have quelled the panic that must have swept that tiny newsroom. Within minutes of reading my email Max shot back a note asking if I was planning to come to Walpole to “shoot up” his newsroom. I did not see his email until the next morning. In the meantime, an executive at Gatehouse Media – the paper’s owner -- decided to shut down the newsroom early to protect its employees from me. In fact, when all this hullabaloo was happening, I was visiting housing court in Springfield, Mass. – 80 miles to the west – discussing a case with a clerk magistrate. And I have photos to prove that. When I read Max’ email that hot July morning I was so shocked that my hands shook. I quickly emailed a response titled MISUNDERSTANDING. But by this time, it was too late to stop a warrant for my arrest that was racing towards me like a bullet. Responding to a call from the Amherst, Mass. police to come in to answer some seemingly casual questions, I foolishly drove over without a lawyer and found myself charged with making a terrorist threat. I remember Officer Scott Gallagher reading the email exchange and agreeing there seemed to be a misunderstanding. But then he said had to arrest me. He figured, wrongly, that the whole mess would be cleared up the next Monday when I was to appear in Wrentham District Court located in a quaint New England town between Boston and Cape Cod. Tried and executed in the court of public opinion So began my experience with criminal court, prisons and what I call the 24/7 media monster that devours whatever news it can locate to fill pages and TV spots. Today’s news media, which in some cases thrives on fake news, bears very little resemblance to the profession I chose at the age of 20 when I spent the summer in a special journalism program at Boston University. It is not the same industry that nurtured my reporting and photography, editing and management skills from 1976 to 1992 in newspapers across Massachusetts. And it is not the media where I built a global reputation in several fields as a columnist and freelance journalist for some of the most prestigious publications in the world. From my position in the prisoner’s dock the morning of July 9, 2018, the members of the media that invaded the Wrentham District Courthouse in Wrentham, Mass. to report on my arrest and arraignment formed a faceless phalanx of TV cameras and long lenses. I was too groggy after two sleepless nights spent in the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton, Mass., and too anxious about my future, to worry about what this media mob was going to write about me or broadcast about me. That night I ended up in MCI Framingham for 120 days without bail, and without access to newspapers. My fellow prisoners in this medium-security prison for women watched the metro Boston TV coverage, but it was over when I woke up the next morning in our crowded prison dorm. It was cold comfort that my prison bunkmates were excited to have a “celebrity” living with them. I was then 64 years old. Spending my senior years in prison wasn’t on my bucket list. Gatehouse Media newspapers go for headlines at my expense It wasn’t until the next winter that I discovered how publications and TV stations nationwide had picked up the story of my arrest on the terrorist threat charge. Starting on July 6, editors working for Gatehouse Media newspapers in three Massachusetts counties within an hour of Wrentham had posted their stories about my case to the Associated Press news distribution network. Leading the charge to get the story national coverage was MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media (now Gannett) newspaper based in Framingham, the same city where the prison is located. The result was that sensational headlines and TV feed about a former journalist arrested for committing a terrorist threat made headlines in prominent publications such as NEWSWEEK, The New York Daily News and The LA Times, 3000 miles from its usual coverage zone. What Gatehouse Media editors did next is one of the news media’s biggest no nos. They never alerted readers that they were directly involved in my arrest and subsequent case, and therefore their articles were biased. Articles they posted to AP from July 2018 to March 2019 were full of inaccuracies and even lies, such as the suggestion in a MetroWest Daily article that I shot and killed journalists in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1980s. In fact, no one shot and killed journalists in Worcester, my hometown and where I worked the longest as a journalist and editor. But that didn’t stop a NEWSWEEK writer from quoting MetroWest Daily’s libel. The last article any Gatehouse Media newspaper published about the case was in March 2019, about eight months before the case was officially dismissed. I suspect their coverage ceased because Max refused to testify against me in a trial set for June 17, 2019. Gatehouse Media newspapers let the whole mess disappear through lack of coverage. Why increase the odds that I could win a libel case against their newspapers when it was so easy for them to suppress news coverage throughout Massachusetts and nationally? Gatehouse Media publications pushed me over a cliff and have left my reputation in tatters. I have had a terrible time getting housing even in liberal Western Massachusetts communities. When I reach prospective clients, I find ways to guide them away from Gatehouse Media’s salacious, and sometimes libelous, news coverage that they spewed all over AP. The photos of me at my arraignment are harder to avoid. It’s easy to understand that people don’t want to house or hire a woman who appears to be guilty of a serious crime. I can thank newspapers in the western part of Massachusetts and southern Vermont for publishing the story of the case being dismissed 18 months after my arrest. US Freedom Press Tracker published an article about the arrest and the case being dismissed. The Boston Globe recently excised their article from the Web, but has not published a story about the case being dismissed. But these articles cannot reverse the massive damage to my life I have suffered by fake news published, and then distributed, by Gatehouse Media newspapers. The new Gannett threatens a free press and our democracy I am using my case to illustrate the far wider issues of media conglomerates controlling news coverage, and the interplay between the media and the legal system. My thesis is very timely in this age of fake news. When a news outlet has a monopoly on coverage they can get away with publishing, or airing, whatever they choose. The consequences are cover ups of important information the public needs. At worst, suppressing news coverage supports fascism and authoritarianism. The first thing dictators do is control news coverage. On Nov. 14, 2019, Gatehouse Media bought the Gannett media chain, renamed now Gannett. With that purchase Gannet became the largest media conglomerate in the country. From personal experience I believe the new Gannett poses real threats to our democracy. Even before the purchase the former Gannett chain was laying off journalists and editors to beef up its bottom line. In too many news coverage zones Gannett has a stranglehold on local news coverage. In Worcester County, for example, there are a handful of newspapers that are not owned by Gannett. In Middlesex and Norfolk County, along with metro Boston, Gannett owns some of the largest newspapers. The impact is devastating for any story Gannett publishers and editors want to sensationalize on the one hand, or obliterate through no coverage on the other. I have suffered from both sides of this double-edged sword. As noted, Gannett newspapers stopped covering my case eight months before the case was dismissed. Not one of the chain’s newspapers reported on this news. As a result, people in half of Massachusetts do not know that I was never convicted of a crime. My sixth amendment rights to be considered innocent until proven guilty continue to be violated three years later . And half of people in Massachusetts don’t know the role that Gatehouse Media executives played in cooking up this case in apparent collusion with Norfolk County prosecutors. The proof is in hearing tapes and their news coverage. I am very grateful to the handful of newspapers that published the story of my case’s dismissal. But I will not be free of the public perception that I am a dangerous person until the news outlets across the country that tried and executed me in “the court of public opinion” publish the truth about my case. Only when the truth is known from sea to shining sea will I be free. For information email Amy Zuckerman at [email protected] or Steve Glanz at [email protected].