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5 in 5! with Nicole of Dunn Pellier Media

December 1, 2011

Dunn Pellier LogoDunn Pellier Media (@DunnPellierTV) specializes in two arms around media – reality and documentary programming and media brand building. They develop, produce, package, and pitch to major Networks, Cable Outlets and media. They produce the highest quality productions in unscripted and scripted television including multimedia packages. They currently are hiring interns.

Nicole Dunn is a Creative Television Producer with experience in Reality TV, Makeovers, Comedy and Music Television. She’s currently creating, pitching and selling unique Multiplatform concepts and projects with Web/Mobile/TV. With over 12 years experience as a television producer, Nicole has worked on shows like the Weakest Link, Bridezillas, The Man Show and many more.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

I went to school for Broadcast Journalism, thinking I was going to be a newscaster. When I realized how much time people spent chasing the news, I realized I wanted something that had more creative aspects to it. My first job in the TV industry was doing casting for the show “The Weakest Link,” on NBC. It was hard work, long hours, lots of traveling, and one of the most challenging jobs in my career. It was here that I learned the ropes of what everyone did to make a television show happen. On my second job at “The Man Show,” I was an executive assistant to the Executive Producer and it was here that I realized what I wanted to do! I wanted to be an Executive Producer! I followed my then boss around like a puppy dog. Its taken many years of working up the ladder in this business to finally get where I wanted and at the point where our company creates shows and content that we want to produce.

The best way to get into this business is to jump right in and get hired either as a Production Assistant or an Assistant. That way you can really see what everyone does and get a feeling for what fits you the best. This is a tough business with long hours, great people and so rewarding when you see the final project on the air!

Dunn Pellier - Nicole2. What’s the future of your industry ?

Jobs are harder to come by. Carving your niche out right away is the best thing you could ever do. The future of television has a mix of reality, scripted, game and social media aspects bundled all in one. With the Digital world added in, there is so much content that can be produced! Our industry always has jobs, because it needs content and in the end we will always have people watching television – whether on TV or on the internet. Finding a good team to be a part of and showing your loyalty will bring you farther and people will always remember that and re-hire you on future jobs.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

Drive. Ability to think fast. Tremendous follow-through. Isn’t afraid to pick up the phone and call anyone. A creative vision is a must. Brainstorming new ideas and avenues for projects. Someone who can visual describe and paint the picture for me with enthusiasm and clarity.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Someone who doesn’t need a ton of direction but looks to me for guidance, inspiration and my experience in the industry.

5. Have any intern stories to share?

Our last intern came all the way from Holland! Her dream was to come to Hollywood and work with someone in development, experience behind the scenes of sitcoms, reality shows and networking. She pent 4 months here in the states and got to do everything on her list and helped our company grow in so many ways. What we learned was about reality television from a Dutch POV and what she learned was from an American POV. She was terrified of speaking in public and by the end of her internship we had her in pitch meetings, networking and pitching in our office.

This same intern was not a good driver. She had rented a car for the 4 months she was here. In one day she crashed that car 3 times because she was late to arrive in the office. The first time trying to get to us, the second time pulling out of the driveway after we told her to just go home and relax for the day and the third time she totaled the car trying to get home!

Poor girl! Hopefully her driving improved the way her public speaking did 😉 Dunn Pellier Media is currently hiring interns! Read the description and apply here.

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