Monday October 3, 2005

Rotten Tomatoes Senior Web Engineer

Rotten Tomatoes (, the leading movie reviews and previews destination, is seeking an energetic, organized, and self-starting web engineer to help lead our engineering and technology efforts for the next several years. We’ve spent the last five years building amazing technology, content management systems, and community tools. However, our Chief Technology Officer has moved on to more managerial responsibilities, so we’re looking for a team player to work with our engineering team to help craft our future engineer efforts and feature additions.

We are a small company (10 employees) with flexible hours and a friendly small company environment. At the same time, as a part of IGN Entertainment and News Corp., you’ll have big company career development opportunities and benefits.

Please submit a brief cover letter, a resume, and URLs and description of previous web development work (professional or self-initiated) to [email protected]

General Responsibilities:

   * Plan, develop, and test content management and data integration/implementation systems
   * Cooperate with engineers from other IGN divisions and external data companies to integrate external data/code
   * Cooperate with Rotten Tomatoes front-end engineers to integrate front-end code and designs
   * Complete assigned projects independently, on-schedule, and with reliable code


   * Demonstrable self-initiated web-based projects using PHP, HTML, and SQL a BIG plus
   * Prior experience with content management systems a plus
   * Solid understanding of web development & production processes, including requirements gathering, design, development tools and technologies, QA and deployment
   * Demonstrable experience to successfully work and code independently AND within an team
   * Demonstrable experience implementing code in a LAMP environment (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) a BIG plus.
   * Being a movie and/or video game fanatic is a BIG plus

Requirements & Education

   * 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (CS/EE a plus)
   * Demonstrable experience with PHP, HTML, and MySQL a must
   * A minimum of four years in web development in a LAMP environment (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

IGN (Rotten Tomatoes) respects, values and welcomes diversity in our workforce, as well as in the IGN community. Our policy is to comply with all applicable laws and to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to non-job-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, and social and recreational programs.

We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and/or employees with known physical and/or mental limitations, unless undue hardship would result, consistent with applicable laws.

Saturday March 5, 2005

That’s right! It’s the first in a series of free screenings that we’re going to be conducting nationwide and I really need YOUR help to make our efforts succeed. We really want to fill every theater to MAXIMUM CAPACITY so I want you to send the link above to all of your friends and, of course, RSVP yourself for the free screening. I’m REALLY excited about our first outing and I hope you guys can help us out.

We’re having screenings in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (we’ll make it a big Rotten Tomatoes party event!), Dallas, Chicago, and Boston. Oh, did I mention that we’re giving away an Ipod shuffle at EVERY screening and that one special person will win a new Sony PSP? Even more reason to get your butt to a screening.

So email, post to Friendster, Xanga, your blogs, tell your friends, chalk a sidewalk… whatever…

Here’s more information about how to RSVP!

Friday October 8, 2004

Hey guys, as you probably know, IGN acquiried Rotten Tomatoes several months back and now we really need help in our ad operations unit. There are a bunch of open positions that need filling so if you have interest in the positions below, please go to and apply and also let me know. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. Thanks!

All three are based in IGN’s Brisbane office (which I visit at least twice a week), are full-time, and require a Bachelor’s degree.

Online Advertising Campaign Project Manager (Keyword 24417907)
The Campaign Project Manager is responsible for implementing, maintaining, and enhancing complex online advertising campaigns. This position involves sales and client support, campaign project management, execution and reporting.
• Provision, Track, measure, and analyze the performance of multiple campaigns. This includes updating and maintaining detailed client campaign reports on a weekly and monthly basis
• Perform quality assurance/quality control checks on client campaigns to ensure that all client and sales objectives are being met
• Act as client contact for any campaign performance questions and other issues as needed
• Meticulous attention to detail is required, including understand and reporting on advertising data and the code of complicated HTML and Flash advertising units.
• BA/BS or equivalent experience in Internet Advertising, Client Services, or Project Management.
• Experienced in project management required.
• Excellent client service, organizational abilities, and verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience with HTML, Macromedia Flash, Javascript preferred.
• Experience with one or more Internet ad management or targeted marketing applications (e.g., DoubleClick DART, DART Enterprise 5.1, DoubleClick AdServer 4.0, 24/7 Real Media, OpenAdStream, DARTmail, UnitMail, DoubleClick Sweepstakes) preferred.
• Ability to work independently, multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment
• Enthusiastic, high energy and unafraid to “roll up your sleeves”
• Account management and customer service experience preferred
• Understanding of interactive media advertising and the Internet
• Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
• Proficient in MS Excel, Power Point & Word

Technical Producer, Ad/Sales Operations (Keyword 23801539)
The Technical Producer’s role is to support Sales Operations with quality and technical solutions to advertising creative, delivery, and other issues. The technical producer is responsible for triage of quality issues in ad production and campaign execution, including root cause analysis and resolution. The Technical Producer serves as a liaison between Trafficking and Creative development function and Engineering and Production teams internal to Entertainment and to external vendors. Technical Producer plays a key role in determining standards for QA processes of all ad product and ad delivery formats.

Specific Duties and Requirements
• Analyze and solve daily service, delivery, and technical issues.
• Planning and implementation of Advertising Operations QA policies and procedures. Work closely with Engineering and Production teams to implement.
• Create and standardize testing suites and approval processes for internal and external technologies and ad serving/software solutions.
• Analyze, develop, and coordinate new technology to enhance and improve advertising product offerings.
• Define and document Ad Operations quality processes; develop new processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
• Lead improvements for QA and ad product technical enhancements. Manage projects and test plans as necessary.
• Work directly with Sales, Project Managers, Engineering and Management to plan and implement new products and changes in technology.
• Support technical implementation of ad products and custom units; work closely with Project Manger and Creative Services to receive assets.
• Work with 3rd party vendors to ensure all products work technically on the sites and services.
• Manage Ad Server environment as necessary.
• Specify naming conventions and standards for all technical aspects of ad delivery.

Required Experience and Skills
• BA/BS or equivalent experience in Internet industry, Internet advertising, project management, or technical production environment.
• 3+ years experience in Internet industry; ad operations and/or technical experience.
• Familiar with online advertising, marketing, and sales concepts and metrics.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with internal and external teams.
• Intermediate level knowledge of HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, Macromedia Flash, Internet file formats, streaming video formats and web coding concepts. Advance knowledge is a plus.
• Experience with one or more Internet ad management or targeted marketing applications (e.g., DoubleClick DART, DART Enterprise 5.1, DoubleClick AdServer 4.0, 24/7 Real Media, OpenAdStream, DARTmail, UnitMail, Solbright, DoubleClick Sweepstakes) required. Multiple applications experience preferred.
• Rich Media Technology experience preferred (e.g. Eyeblaster, Unicast, Enlive, Shoshkeles)
• Must be detail-oriented, have excellent organizational skills, and be expected to manage and report on multiple projects.

Online Advertising Web Designer (Keyword 24417959)
The Online Advertising Web Designer will work with the Ad Operations and Media Sales teams to create concepts, execute designs and maintain design quality through production. This person will create compelling ads specific to the IGN Entertainment audience.

• Visual Design, User Interface Design, Website Development, Website Production, Image Optimization
• Develop strong concepts based on client needs and design experience

• Create dynamic, interactive content in Flash MX / Flash MX 2004
• Create and develop Flash ads, animate sequences, create custom presentations
• Flash/ActionScript analysis and troubleshooting
• Analyze, edit, and troubleshoot existing Flash/ActionScript files
• Push the envelope with Flash technology

• Integrate video into Flash ads
• Create countdown ads that using real-time ActionScript code
• Use ActionScript to develop and create new rich media ad products

• Bachelor degree in marketing, advertising or graphic design is a plus or a combination of education and work experience providing equivalent knowledge.
• Expert knowledge of Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady, font management, and FTP applications
• Proficient with ActionScript and video processing software for use in Flash ads
• Working knowledge of Javascript, HTML, XML
• Knowledge and troubleshooting skills related to multi-platform cross-browser compatibility issues
• Team player with excellent written/oral skills, multi-task oriented Ability to work effectively with short deadlines and evolving requirements
• Ability to interact with various business units and team members in a demanding, fast-paced work environment
• Demonstrated ability to learn new industry, company, product and technical knowledge
• Ability to manage multiple projects
• Ability to design at a fast pace

Wednesday September 22, 2004

Our friend Mark Allen assembled a kick ASSSSSS commercial for MTV that advocates Asian-Americans to go out and vote this November. The commercial stars Kelly Hu (woo!), Russell Wong, John Cho, Tamilyn Tomita, Maggie Q, and Ming-Na and also has stunts by our very own Li Jing. Check out this very cool commercial and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send it out to your friends. It’s very important that all Asian-Ams flex their voting muscle this election or our politicians will have very little incentive to promote Asian-Am positive legislation and policies. It’s time that legislation contain some thought of what’s benefiting Asian Am minorities (the least likely demographic to vote) rather than just white senior citizens in Florida (the most likely demographic to vote).


Click to view the commercial

Please pass around this link to your friends:

Also, if you haven’t registered to vote or haven’t updated your registration, you only have about another 3 weeks before it’s TOO LATE. You can do it now for free AND online by going here.

Monday September 29, 2003

Guardian Unlimited Film | News | Obituary: Elia Kazan

It seems like we’re having a passing of a silver screen legend every week now. One of my favorite, albeit troubled, directors passed on this weekend. Kazan is the foundation of The Method in film with my favorite work being (in order): On the Waterfront w/ Brando, East of Eden w/ James Dean, a Streetcar Named Desires (again w/ Brando)… Splendor in the Grass is a schmaltzy but moving melodrama that was Warren Beatty’s screen debut. Please do yourself a favor and watch one of these films if you haven’t already.

Tuesday September 23, 2003

Several unrelated items:

Here’s a journal by my favorite cinematographer Christopher Doyle on his experiences on Hero in American Cinematographer. It’s not particularly long, but has some interesting details on his conflicts with the mainlander crew and the meaning of the color scheme. Umm… I’ve still taken a vow of abstinence — I’m holding off on watching it until it hits the big screen (DAMN YOU MIRAMAX!!! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!) where I can bask in the big screen and beautiful colors.

On a separate topic, I watched Lost in Translation this weekend — and loved it to pieces. It’s got certain French/Wong Kar Wai elements — driven by capturing beautiful moments rather than composing a complete story. I think I’m in love with Scarlett Johansson‘s character in the movie… despite the fact that she’s slightly narcissistic and boring (or at least extremely BORED). She exudes a gentleness and vulnerability that plays so well on the screen… Funny, I wasn’t so nearly impressed with her in the overrated Ghost World.

I also came into the movie with doubts because I wasn’t so impressed with The Virgin Suicides which I felt was overly cold and emotionally uncharged.

In any case, I’m a sucker for unrequited love stories (ahem… Roman Holiday). The funny thing, though, is that I’m not sure if this movie even counts as a romance… It’s “romantic” in the sense that it deals these two lost souls have in Tokyo. No great swelling music from a the violin section… just the beautiful connection between two people.

The film also reminded me of that part in Yi-Yi where the main character has a rendevous with his ex-lover in Japan (again, why always in Japan?) where they are tempted but never quite get to the point where they fall back in love despite the real obvious connection. Another great movie…

In any case, I’m interested in hearing what other people have to say about the movie. In particular, J liked the movie (or at least appreciated) but it didn’t have the same affect as it had on me. She’ll probably be more moved by Under the Tuscan Sun which seems to be just about the best packaged women’s movie ever made. Is Lost in Translation more appealing to men — men who like Casablanca (another unrequited love story). In any case, the following photo will be more poignant for those of you who’ve seen the movie. Let me know what ya think…