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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.

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.

We’re thrilled to announce that four Topic documentary projects will be featured in a series of screenings at the sixt...
03/20/2019
Golden Age: Announcing the 2019 Editions of Tribeca TV and Tribeca N.O.W. | Tribeca

We’re thrilled to announce that four Topic documentary projects will be featured in a series of screenings at the sixth annual edition of Tribeca N.O.W. at Tribeca Film Festival. More info on the screenings here:

The very best stories that the small screen and the online world have to offer, presented on the big screen they deserve.

Congratulations to Topic for MULTIPLE #ASME wins.
03/15/2019
A real heavyweight bout got staged at Ellies magazine awards

Congratulations to Topic for MULTIPLE #ASME wins.

It was a battle of the titans at the National Magazine Awards on Thursday night, pitting Adam Moss, in his final contest at the helm of New York magazine, against David Remnick of The New Yorker, t…

The Netflix series "Losers" from Topic was featured on On Point Radio today. Listen here:
03/07/2019
Spectacular Sports Failures And What We Learn From Losing

The Netflix series "Losers" from Topic was featured on On Point Radio today. Listen here:

Winning isn’t everything. It’s about how we handle failure. We unpack stories of defeat and redemption as told in Netflix’s "Losers."

It's almost #Oscars time, and we're rooting for Field of Vision!
02/23/2019
Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar

It's almost #Oscars time, and we're rooting for Field of Vision!

NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute while swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80...

"We need an approach to history that doesn’t lull and flatter us." The New Yorker on A Night at the Garden:
02/22/2019
Revisiting the American Nazi Supporters of “A Night at the Garden”

"We need an approach to history that doesn’t lull and flatter us." The New Yorker on A Night at the Garden:

The Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the night in February, 1939, when twenty thousand American men, women, and children gathered at Madison Square Garden for an event billed as a “Pro-American Rally.”

Field of Vision is proud to announce its 2019 Field of Vision Fellows: Heba Y. Amin, Ja’Tovia M. Gary, Heloisa Passos,...
02/21/2019
Field of Vision Announces 2019 Fellows — Exclusive

Field of Vision is proud to announce its 2019 Field of Vision Fellows: Heba Y. Amin, Ja’Tovia M. Gary, Heloisa Passos, and Bassam Tariq.

Read more about these incredible filmmakers here:

Field of Vision is the award-winning documentary unit of First Look Media, co-founded by Laura Poitras.

New Yorkers: join The Intercept's Naomi Klein and Harvard University's professor Shoshana Zuboff in a March 1st conversa...
02/11/2019
The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

New Yorkers: join The Intercept's Naomi Klein and Harvard University's professor Shoshana Zuboff in a March 1st conversation around 'surveillance capitalism'.

Join The Intercept’s senior correspondent Naomi Klein and Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” for an engaging discussion about the unprecedented form of power called “sur...

We are looking for a part-time temporary office manager for our Culver City office. Is it you? https://bit.ly/2Sw3Sfp
02/06/2019

We are looking for a part-time temporary office manager for our Culver City office. Is it you? https://bit.ly/2Sw3Sfp

Topic has released its Money issue. Paper or plastic?
02/05/2019
Topic Issue no. 20, Money

Topic has released its Money issue. Paper or plastic?

This month, we focus on a subject with the potential to make us fume, gloat, or break out in a cold sweat.

Congratulations, Field of Vision!
02/01/2019

Congratulations, Field of Vision!

Ghosts of Sugar Land won the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Award for Non-Fiction! HUGE congratulations to director Bassam Tariq, producer Farihah Zaman and the whole team.

For the full list of Sundance shorts winners: http://www.sundance.org/blogs/news/2019-shorts-awards-sundance

We're hiring!
01/28/2019
Work at First Look Media - First Look Media

We're hiring!

We’re looking for energetic, curious and clever people who want to help build an inspired organization that turns the dial up on the conversations that shape our culture.

"Leave No Trace Movie is a win no matter who ends up taking the best director Oscar."
01/21/2019
What to Expect From the 2019 Oscar Nominations

"Leave No Trace Movie is a win no matter who ends up taking the best director Oscar."

Could Bradley Cooper and Alfonso Cuarón be the most-nominated men? Will ‘Black Panther’ make the best picture field? A look at possible records and upsets.

"Leave No Trace Movie is one of 2018’s notable film achievements: 100% critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes, topical ma...
01/11/2019
Debra Granik: An Oscar Insider With a Film About Outsiders

"Leave No Trace Movie is one of 2018’s notable film achievements: 100% critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes, topical material, two excellent performances, a woman director, and Oscar buzz. What’s not to like?"

Bleecker Street’s “Leave No Trace” is one of 2018’s notable film achievements: 100% critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes (207 fresh, 0 rotten), topical material (a veteran with PTSD, people hooked o…

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is screening at Metrograph.
01/09/2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening | Metrograph

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is screening at Metrograph.

Metrograph is a new Manhattan movie theater devoted to screening archive-quality 35mm prints and new films in state-of-the-art digital projection.

We've partnered with Committee to Protect Journalists, International Center for Journalists, and Reporters Without Borde...
01/07/2019
New Campaign to Help Embattled Journalist Maria Ressa, Rappler with Critical Legal Support | International Center for Journalists

We've partnered with Committee to Protect Journalists, International Center for Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders to help journalists facing extensive legal battles meant to suppress critical journalism.

The legal pressure on Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her independent news site, Rappler.com, continues to mount. With the latest court filings, our 2018 Knight International Journalism Award winner’s media organization is now battling five tax cases. And Ressa - a beacon of quality journalism...

Starting today, #Murderville episodes will be released on a weekly basis on all major podcast platforms and The Intercep...
12/20/2018
Listen to the Murderville Podcast

Starting today, #Murderville episodes will be released on a weekly basis on all major podcast platforms and The Intercept.

Investigative reporters Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith uncover what happens when law enforcement locks up their first suspect, leaving another man free to kill.

Congratulations to Topic-supported film Dark Money for making the #Oscars shortlist, as well as Field of Vision's Crime ...
12/18/2018
Academy Unveils 2019 Oscar Shortlists

Congratulations to Topic-supported film Dark Money for making the #Oscars shortlist, as well as Field of Vision's Crime + Punishment, Hale County This Morning, This Evening and 'A Night at the Garden'.

The nominees will be revealed Jan. 22.

Thank you to The New York Times for including Leave No Trace Movie and Hale County This Morning, This Evening.
12/11/2018
The Best Movies of 2018

Thank you to The New York Times for including Leave No Trace Movie and Hale County This Morning, This Evening.

Our chief film critics single out a Mexican remembrance of things past and four American documentaries about the way we live now.

Thank you to Vulture for naming Headlong: Surviving Y2K one of the top 10 podcasts of the year. 🙌
12/05/2018
The 10 Best Podcasts of 2018

Thank you to Vulture for naming Headlong: Surviving Y2K one of the top 10 podcasts of the year. 🙌

Political scandals, true crime, and Y2K.

Jodie Foster hosted a screening of Leave No Trace Movie last night. Here's a photo of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Fos...
12/04/2018

Jodie Foster hosted a screening of Leave No Trace Movie last night. Here's a photo of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Foster. Thank you to all who came!

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