All the gossip, all the time
For up-to-the-minute entertainment news, complete with the Joan Rivers' scathing commentary on every awards show in LA-La land, E! Entertainment Television is the only game in town. It's the only 24-hour network devoted to the entertainment world, and potential upstarts, be advised: it's a tough act to follow. In addition to the most extensive coverage of industry awards shows on television, the network boasts a plethora of popular original series including Howard Stern, Talk Soup, E! News Daily, and Fashion Emergency. The channel also boasts a formidable slate of rerun shows, including WKRP in Cincinnati, and Kate & Allie.
E! reaches more than 42 million subscribers in 120 countries worldwide. Though E! is primarily managed by Comcast Communications, the company is 79.2 percent owned by a joint venture between subsidiaries of Comcast Communications Corporation and The Walt Disney Company. MediaOne and TeleCommunications own the remainder of the company. Known for it's love of all things scandalous, E! is making a mint feeding frenzied fans with more information than they ever dreamed dig-up-able. Millions of viewers have thrilled to the sensational Celebrity Profiles, the kitschy Gossip Show, and A.J. Benza's oh-so-shady Mysteries and Scandals.
Electronic rumor central
E!'s web site, Eonline.com, is a perfect complement to the network, featuring news, celebrity gossip, e-shopping, and a schedule of the network's programs. E! Online also operates Moviefinder.com, a complete guide to movies offered at the cinema, on video, and on TV. E! Online has sought to expand the international appeal of its site by recently signing a distribution agreement with Asia's leading Internet content provider, Tricast Ltd. Additionally, E! Online has formed alliances with AOL, CompuServe, Excite, and MSN.
Check out the network's job hotline at (323)954-2666 for a regularly updated postings organized by department (the production line is (323)692-4616). Blind resumes are accepted, though not considered as seriously as directed submissions. All applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their desire to work at the network. Submissions are accepted by regular post or e-mail. E-mailed entries should be submitted in either Microsoft Word 5.0 or 6.0 format. Most of E!'s openings require prior experience, though there are entry-level positions available. For internship seekers, E!'s internship hotline, at (323)954-2710, provides information on how to apply.
Employees say that E! takes "great care to keep its work force happy and productive." The company "hires a lot of young, fresh faces, and it's paid off," said one employee. "When we first started, we weren't even on the map, but, now, we have tons of appeal," says one insider of the network. The benefits "are excellent, especially for this industry," adds another. Though, most admit that "the pay is lower than what you'd find on other networks." The hours, however, are also industry standard. "Some weeks, expect about 50," says one insider. "Others will be very long, indeed."
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