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Standards & Practices Specialist

Location: West Hollywood, CA
Date Posted: 08-11-2017
OWN is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand - and the  magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform


OWN is seeking a specialist to support the Senior Director of Standards and Practices, who oversees compliance of OWN’s standards and practices policies for linear programming, digital content, and commercial clearance.  The position requires the ability to cover a high volume of material under tight deadlines, proven finesse servicing a variety of client groups, and an eye and ear sensitized to brand protection. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of four years of prior standards and practices and/or commercial clearance experience, at either a broadcast or cable network, with a demonstrated ability to liaise with Original Programming, Production, Scheduling and Acquisitions, Deliverables, Digital, Business and Legal Affairs, Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing. Commensurate experience in related areas will be considered.  Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, good negotiation skills, be highly organized and research-oriented, and is a natural team player. Some administrative duties include:  electronically filing standards notes, creating show binders for scripted series, and providing support on research projects as needed.  Should possess knowledge of OWN’s programming, as well as a wide range of competitive programming. 


  • Review rough and final cuts of OWN unscripted programming, acquired theatrical films, and digital content.
  • Provide back-up coverage for scripted programming.
  • Draft standards notes with recommendations.
  • Review commercial spots (as well as commercial concepts, storyboards, and scripts) to ensure compliance with OWN's commercial clearance guidelines.
  •  Electronically file standards and practices notes in Box database.
  • Review competitive programming, compile research and create reports based on analysis of trends.
  • Archive key topic details from OWN’s current programming in shared database.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2-4 years of previous network standards and practices, commercial clearance, or commensurate experience required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current competitive linear television and digital landscape.
  • Working knowledge of TV Parental Ratings system. 
  • Interest in FCC broadcast regulations and best practices, best practices for digital content, and FTC guidelines for advertising.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with highly confidential information with discretion and integrity.
  • Broad base of knowledge of pop culture, current events, and interest in network standards and practices.
  • Resourceful, organized, and analytical.
  • Avid television viewer with industry knowledge a must.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Box.

OWN, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, disability, genetic information or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.
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