London, UK, 12th July 2017: The Box Plus Network, the UK’s largest and most-watched music television network, has announced the launch of a brand new interactive campaign offering six week paid internships and the chance for fans to contribute to the network’s content.

Box Plus You is designed to help and support young adults achieve their career aspirations in the media industry by giving them the unique opportunity to become part of The Box Network’s team - both in the office and from your sofa!

The new scheme will offer six students the chance to become fully integrated within the network’s day to day operations and will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry's best talent gaining valuable hands-on experience and insight. Depending on the placement they select, the students enrolled on the programme could be a part of researching and producing content, assisting with live shows, booking artists or helping to create TV and radio campaigns.

Box Plus You launches onscreen in September with a series of new formats starring The Box Plus Network audience. Interactive shows will feature the fans either through light touch voting or starring roles in shows like Younews and Videocrush.

Box Plus You has been launched with the help of three furry Instagram stars @winniethecorgi, @dolly_pawton and @honeyidressedthepug. You can watch the video here made with the guidance of Goldsmiths student Leander Wells who interned with The Box Plus Network as Assistant Producer/ Director.                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Melissa Fretwell, Marketing Director, The Box Plus Network says: “Box Plus You is a campaign that places our audience at the heart of our business and responds to the scarcity of opportunity to break into the industry. Giving our fans the chance to join the team either as an intern or a contributor through a range of show formats, is a key part of the inclusive culture we’re building at Box. We massively value input from our audience and hope to hone our brands and inspire them to take up a career in media industry, ideally coming back to The Box Plus Network as full time employees in the future.”

 

Applicants keen to join The Box Plus Network as an intern can apply for the following positions via Box Plus You:

  1. Production Researcher
  2. Digital Assistant
  3. Music Programmer
  4. Content Scheduler
  5. Brands Solutions Assistant
  6. Marketing Assistant

More information on each role can be found below.

Testimonials from previous The Box Plus Network interns:

Leander Wells, Creative Team Intern: “My experience at The Box Plus Network has been an amazing journey and I have learnt so much about a variety of things, from pre-production, production and post-production. Not only did I end up working on one campaign, I was also invited to share ideas about other promos that were going on at the time which made my time at the Box varied and all the more interesting.” 

Laura Carter, Production Intern, promoted to Junior Production Manager: “Paid internships are like gold dust so when you find a good one you really feel like you've like you've struck lucky. As the intern at Box I felt like everyone was willing to help and wanted to make my experience worthwhile. I felt like a valued member of the team and learnt a huge amount about the industry I wanted to build a career in.”

Emily Dawling, Run Assistant, former work experience: “Applying for work experience at The Box Plus Network was by far one for the best decisions I’ve so far ever made (and I promise I’m not just saying this because they now pay my wages!) I learnt an incredible amount in the initial two weeks; being thrown in the deep end and given responsibilities making me adapt to the busy and face paced TV environment I have always aspired to work in, and this was a dream come true!” 

Mikey Dowdle, Design Intern, promoted to junior motion graphics designer: “The intern programme was great for me to get proper hands-on experience with live projects, big and small. There was plenty of guidance there when I needed it (when I had no idea what I was doing!), but also freedom to try my own ideas and develop my skills.”

Box Plus You will offer six placements for students ages 18 plus across different areas of the company.

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JOB DESCRIPTIONS

 

Production Researcher:

    • Working alongside producers on the scripting, filming, edit and delivery of a wide range of music and entertainment programming
    • Attending filming sessions as required, acting as runner or production assistant to the team on the shoot, both in our in-house studio and on location
    • Helping on the development of new formats, researching and working up fresh ideas for TV and online
    • Working alongside our team of tv producers and production management to deliver the technical side of Box Plus production timely and to a high quality
    • Helping to source, set up and manage props, cameras, lighting, sound and other technical equipment

 

Digital Assistant:

    • Working alongside digital producers to write social copy, take photos, conduct research, film, edit and deliver a wide range of pop culture content
    • Attending filming sessions as required, assisting producers on our brands’ social media & acting as a runner on larger production shoots, both in our in-house studio and on location
    • Working with production & marketing to deliver social content to support linear shows
    • Helping on the development of new formats, researching and working up fresh ideas for TV and online
    • Music programmer
    • Content Scheduler
    • Commercial Assistant
    • Marketing Assistant

 

Music Programmer:

    • Implement Box Plus’ music strategy through inventive and engaging programming and playlisting of our various programmes, zones and formats
    • Use internal and external information, insight & resources to create and curate music features and develop exciting new content strands across the Box Plus portfolio.
    • Work collaboratively with the Box planning and production teams to deliver a consistent brand offering and an exciting multi-platform editorial proposition.
    • Actively source music video content that contributes to Box Plus’ programming strategy and music policy.
    • Maintain an active network of record labels, pluggers and external partners to identify artists and opportunities that will enrich the Box Plus offering.

 

Content Scheduler: 

    • Thinks strategically about schedule strands and ways to make our content both engaging and exciting to our audience.
    • Monitors competitors and key events and communicates those findings to the rest of the team
    • Screens content and gives an evaluation of whether that content is appropriate to The Box Plus Channels.
    • Generates stunt ideas and themes in an effort to boost viewership.
    • Provides administrative support to the planning team.
    • Generates ideas for playlists on our VOD platform.
    • Understands trends, likes and needs of a youth audience and communicates them to the team.
    • A self-starter with a willingness to learn all aspects of content scheduling.

 

Brands Solution Assistant: 

    • Working with the network’s production team to create bespoke or reactive (response to brief) programme/content concepts.
    • Structuring deal opportunities, incl. audience assessment, reach and values.
    • Securing appropriate distribution commitments across the network (scheduled and/or bought).
    • Proactively pitching creative solutions direct to agency groups and assisting the Bauer TV Sales Team where required.
    • Provide key liaison to the Bauer TV Sales Team, project managing branded content production.
    • Proactively looking for and pitching Box Plus format opportunities that we know will be of interest to commercial partners. 

 

Marketing Assistant:

    • Generate ideas for key campaigns and commercial pitches
    • Assist with promotion from planning to briefing and feeding back on creative (TV, radio, digital)
    • Source, distribute and organise marcoms assets
    • Pitch in with any events for trade/consumer audiences
    • Support the Senior Research and Insight Exec with reports on an ad-hoc basis

Notes to editors:

 

About The Box Plus Network:

The Box Plus Network is the UK’s most-watched music video network. A joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media, it broadcasts eight inimitable music television channels; The Box, Box Upfront, Box Hits, Box Africa (international only) 4Music, Kiss, Magic and Kerrang!, attracting a monthly average audience of over 16.6 million viewers in 2016 and a total of 3.5 billion individual music video views.*

 

The channels broadcast through all major TV platforms (Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, Talk Talk, YouView, Now TV , BT TV, EE TV, Amazon Fire, Freesat), through the simulcast player on www.boxplus.com and via the free Box Plus mobile app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play, allowing viewers to watch the channels wherever, whenever they want. BeBox is the latest digital addition, available across social media and at www.beboxmusic.com.

 

The Box Plus Network is dedicated and passionate about driving creative and innovative programming formats to ensure viewers get the ultimate experience.

 

*Source: Barb/Techedge 2016, Whole Day

 

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