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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
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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 vibrant culture. From The Intercept, dedicated to fearless, adversarial journalism to Topic, our Academy Award™-winning (Spotlight) entertainment studio, we develop, produce and finance content for all screens including feature films, television, digital series and podcasts. First Look is also home to Field of Vision, the filmmaker-driven documentary unit, and the Nib, a site for the most provocative satirical and political comics.

Mission: Provocative, independent storytelling – from journalism that confronts powerful institutions to arts & entertainment that shapes our culture.

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

Topic
06/24/2019

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Here are some shots from our event this past Saturday in New York, where John Cameron Mitchell, Jason Ward, Sam Green, Britt Julious, and a bunch more great storytellers told amazing stories about sound and music. Thanks to all who came! (📸: Mengwen Cao)

Congratulations to The Intercept!
06/20/2019
Edward R. Murrow Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to The Intercept!

The Radio Television Digital News Association is out with its 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards, which honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Read the list of winners below. The hardwa…

Topic
06/04/2019
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Topic

Music lifts us up in ways nothing else can. This month we have stories about music moving spirits, moving units, and moving forward change. Get in tune.

We're providing $50,000 in financial support toward the legal defense of Bryan Carmody. Carmody's first amendment rights...
05/24/2019
First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund to Provide $50,000 in Financial Support Toward the Legal Defense of San Francisco Journalist Bryan Carmody

We're providing $50,000 in financial support toward the legal defense of Bryan Carmody. Carmody's first amendment rights as a journalist were violated by the San Francisco Police Department, who raided his home, seized all of his electronic equipment and took a police report that Carmody had obtained through his legitimate and professional work as a reporter.

New York – May 24, 2019 --  First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund announced today it will provide $50,000 in financial support toward the legal defense of Bryan Carmody, the San Francisco based freelance journalist, in his struggle against the San Francisco Police Department's uncon

Tickets are now on sale for Topic Talks: Music! Powered by Pop-Up Magazine and featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Sam Gree...
05/22/2019

Tickets are now on sale for Topic Talks: Music! Powered by Pop-Up Magazine and featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Sam Green, Jason Ward, and more.

Presented by Luminary
https://go.topic.com/TopicTalksMusic

Watch The Intercept's Betsy Reed on CNN Reliable Sources.
05/13/2019
The Intercept's top editor defends whistleblowers - CNN Video

Watch The Intercept's Betsy Reed on CNN Reliable Sources.

Betsy Reed, the top editor of The Intercept, says the Obama-era assault on government leakers is escalating in the Trump age. She talks with Brian Stelter about the basics of source protection, the significance of leaks and why she thinks it's "preposterous" to call a whistleblower a traitor.

A statement from Press Freedom Defense Fund:
05/10/2019
Statement on the Indictment of Alleged Drone Strike Whistleblower

A statement from Press Freedom Defense Fund:

THE INTERCEPT  does not comment on matters relating to the identity of anonymous sources. In an indictment unsealed on May 9, the government alleges that documents on the U.S. drone program were leaked to a news organization. These documents detailed a secret, unaccounta

Make sure Headlong: Running From COPS is in your podcast queue!
05/08/2019
Three Podcasts to Listen To in May

Make sure Headlong: Running From COPS is in your podcast queue!

A study of classical music, the legacy of “Cops,” and healing in Toronto’s gay community.

05/01/2019
Anthem Podcast

Anthem Podcast

Do what Glenn Close says, and listen to Anthem Podcast today! luminary.link/anthem

"As 2020 approaches, some see The Intercept as the political site of the moment, a disruptive force focused on one of th...
04/25/2019
How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War

"As 2020 approaches, some see The Intercept as the political site of the moment, a disruptive force focused on one of the most important political stories of our time, the Democratic identity crisis." (via POLITICO)

The national security site has found fresh energy as a savvy, progressive attack dog in national politics. But is it undermining its own side?

04/23/2019
Launching Today: Running From COPS

The reality show COPS has been on for 30 years. It’s shaped how we think about crime and policing in America.

So how does it get made?

Who controls the edits?

Why do people agree to have the worst day of their lives aired on TV?

A new podcast from the creators of Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS is the result of an 18-month investigation into one of the most influential TV shows in history.

Subscribe and listen to the first two episodes now: pineapple.fm/cops

A statement from Press Freedom Defense Fund regarding the arrest of #JulianAssange.
04/12/2019
Press Freedom Defense Fund Statement on the Arrest of Julian Assange

A statement from Press Freedom Defense Fund regarding the arrest of #JulianAssange.

In response to the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London, and his indictment in the United States, First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund has issued the following statement: 

 The Press Freedom Defense Fund calls on the United States government to protect the First Amend...

We're looking for our next Director, Social Strategy and Senior Video Editor/Motion Designer. See all of our job listing...
04/09/2019

We're looking for our next Director, Social Strategy and Senior Video Editor/Motion Designer. See all of our job listings here: https://bit.ly/2VAIrZ8

Don't forget to vote for The Loving Generation in The Webby Awards Public Service & Activism category. ✅
04/06/2019
The Webby Awards People's Voice needs YOU

Don't forget to vote for The Loving Generation in The Webby Awards Public Service & Activism category. ✅

I just voted in The Webby Awards People’s Voice Awards. You should too.

Jason Ward and his brother Jeffrey, stars of Topic's “Birds of North America,” are featured in The New Yorker.
03/25/2019
Birding Brothers of the Bronx

Jason Ward and his brother Jeffrey, stars of Topic's “Birds of North America,” are featured in The New Yorker.

A chance sighting of a hungry peregrine falcon gave a homeless teen a lifelong passion; now Jason Ward and his brother Jeffrey star in “Birds of North America,” on topic.com.

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