Learn what it takes to land an exciting job in the TV industry. Executives from leading networks who make the hiring decisions reveal what skills and qualities standout when recruiting young talent in this highly competitive field.
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SAMANTHA CAMMARATA, MANAGER, CAMPUS PROGRAMS, NBCUNIVERSAL
Samantha Cammarata is a Manager of Campus Programs and Initiatives at NBCUniversal. Samantha joined NBCUniversal in 2012 as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator, and later held a Sourcer role supporting Cable Entertainment recruitment.
As a Program Manager, Samantha oversees all aspects of the Intern experience, including onboarding, orientation, programming and performance reviews. Samantha also supports hiring efforts for the Page Program and manages an outstanding team of Campus Programs Coordinators.
Prior to NBCUniversal, Samantha worked as an HR Assistant within financial services and had several production internships within the media industry.
Samantha graduated from Pace University with a degree in Communications & Media Studies. She has called New Jersey, Illinois and New York home throughout her life; she currently lives in Westchester County. Samantha’s free time outside of working in TV is largely spent discussing TV (particularly all things Bravo).
JESSICA LOFTUS, TALENT AND INTERN PROGRAM MANAGER, DISCOVERY INC.
Jessica Loftus currently serves as Talent and Intern Program Manager at Discovery Inc. In this role she is responsible for overseeing Discovery’s top caliber Intern Program as well as project/systems management for the wider talent acquisition team.
Jessica joined Discovery in 2012 as an intern for the Internal Communications Team before moving over to the Talent Acquisition team as a Recruitment Coordinator and later a Recruitment Specialist.
Jessica graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with degree in Communication and American Studies. She is based out of the Silver Spring, Maryland office, but will be making the move to NYC by the end of the year.
ANTOINETTE MILLER, MANAGER, UNIVERSITY RELATIONS AND RECRUITMENT, HBO
In this role, Antoinette Miller is responsible for overseeing the project and program management of all internal and external collegiate and early career development initiatives, including but not limited to the summer, fall and spring internship programs in Seattle and New York.
Prior to this role, Antoinette was a Recruiter at HBO where she was responsible for collaborating with mid- to senior-level executives to create, develop, and execute employment search strategies. These strategies included identifying top talent, maintaining proactive sourcing activities, and ensuring that qualified and diverse applicant pools are identified for the organization.
Prior to HBO, she was the Diversity Coordinator at News Corporation. In this role, she supported the Corporate Diversity team by launching new tactics for company-wide diversity initiatives and employee engagement, as well as worked with business unit recruiters in the hiring, development and outreach of diverse communities.
Antoinette served 2 years as a board member for New York Women in Communications, Inc.--the premier organization for women communication professionals in the NY metropolitan area. She received her BS in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University, and MS in PR and Corporate Communications from New York University.
RICHARD MONASTERSKY, VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT ACQUISITION, CBS CORPORATION
Richard Monastersky is an accomplished Global Human Resources and Talent Acquisition leader with a strong history of success developing and executing global workforce planning, talent acquisition and new hire strategies ensuring world-class talent is sourced, recruited and retained. Richard is a catalyst for excellence, and consistently exceeds established goals and expectations to drive corporate success.
Prior to CBS, he held talent management and acquisition roles at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Advanced Health Media, and Almyra USA Inc.
MODERATOR: J. MAX ROBINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION
J. Max Robins is a veteran journalist, media analyst and producer with extensive editorial experience in a variety of sectors in the industry. Before joining the Center for Communication in 2014, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center for Media. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of “TV industry bible," Broadcasting & Cable. Before joining B&C, Max was senior editor and columnist at TV Guide. Prior to TV Guide, he was TV editor and columnist at Variety.
Max’s work has appeared in myriad publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and New York. He has commented on media-related issues for many major news outlets, including NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and NPR. You can follow Max on Twitter at @jmaxrobins.