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Jace Lacob

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Writer, Editor, Interviewer, Critic, Podcast Host

About Me

Jace has worked as a writer, editor, television critic, interviewer, podcast host, consultant, and television executive. His journalistic work has appeared in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, BBC.com, The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Film.com, TVWeek, Sky.com, and many other outlets.

Jace is the host of MASTERPIECE Studio, the three-time Webby Award-winning companion podcast for PBS' long-running drama anthology series MASTERPIECE. To date, the podcast has been downloaded more than 14 million times.

Both a Twitter hashtag and a television character have been named after him.

Jace was the entertainment editorial director of BuzzFeed, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the site's film and television coverage, and the deputy west coast bureau chief for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, where he also served as the site's chief television critic. Before moving into that position in 2012, he was the TV Columnist for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, writing for both the online and print divisions of the media company. He is also the founder of Televisionary, an award-winning television website that focused on U.S. and U.K. television programming, news, reviews, and exclusive interviews that began in February 2006 and attracted a wide swath of industry readers.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences and a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University. He also studied Literature at Oxford University (Wadham College, to be precise).

Before embarking on a career in journalism, Jace worked in the television industry for more than seven years, both on the domestic and international sides — in development, co-productions, and acquisitions for such companies as British Sky Broadcasting and Lionsgate Television.

Jace is based in Los Angeles.

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My Writing Samples

Contently Portfolio

Contains links to 208 of my journalistic works of reporting, criticism, etc.

https://jacelacob.contently.com

Selected Works

Contains links to selected works from The Daily Beast, Newsweek, BBC, BuzzFeed, etc.

https://www.jacelacob.com/journalism

Experience

Co-Creator/Host, MASTERPIECE STUDIO Podcast

Winner of three Webby Awards, including Best Arts & Culture Podcast. Downloaded 14 million+ times. • Developed the format for MASTERPIECE Studio and devise individual segments/episodes. • Research and conduct in-studio interviews with talent and creators of MASTERPIECE shows, such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and many others. • Edit and finalize podcast scripts, working with MASTERPIECE executive producers to lock copy. • Record all narration, including voiceover, sponsor messages, etc.

Company: WGBH/MASTERPIECE

I worked there from 10/2015 until now

Executive Editorial and Content Strategy Consultant

• Provided insight and strategy on content positioning, talent interviews, press tour initiatives/announcements. • Anticipated critical reaction to programming, identifying potential concerns and suggested strategies to offset. • Collaborated with internal teams on content rollouts to prioritize outreach and placement. • Overhauled media accreditation process, press sites, and in-house content management systems. • Proofread/edited publicity materials and website content.

Company: JACE LACOB CONSULTING

I worked there from 3/ until 9/2015

Entertainment Editorial Director

• Supervised BuzzFeed’s entertainment coverage, transforming brand perception within the industry by emphasizing analysis, context, and insight. • Assigned and edited film and television stories, ranging from breaking news and interviews to in-depth features and longform stories; oversaw daily coverage and major event coverage. • Directed all outreach efforts to studios, networks, agencies, and publicists, delivering numerous presentations about BuzzFeed Entertainment’s mission, reach, etc.

Company: BuzzFeed

I worked there from 8/ until 2/2015

West Coast Deputy Bureau Chief/Television Critic

• Spearheaded and oversaw redesign/relaunch of entertainment vertical, and pushed more proactive coverage of film and TV by moving to a blog-style format. • Assigned and edited culture stories, ranging from breaking news and cheats to Q&As and features. • Wrote entertainment features for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, while serving as chief TV critic for both publications. • Moderated high-level industry panels at the Television Academy, Paley Center, and San Diego Comic-Con.

Company: The Daily Beast/Newsweek

I worked there from 5/2010 until 7/2013

Freelance Writer

Wrote and reported for a number of outlets including The Daily Beast, LA Times, TV Week, BBC, Sky1, and Film.com. • Wrote numerous television stories for The Daily Beast, ranging from reported features to critical essays. • Wrote weekly TV recaps for The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker section as well as reported features. • Wrote features and Q&As for BBC Culture as well as a cover story for West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine.

Company: FREELANCE

I worked there from /2008 until now

Writer/Editor/Creator

Founded and ran daily television-focused website featuring news, reviews, interviews and features. • Wrote and maintained popular daily TV website; reported on television news, reviewed episodes of current series, analyzed general TV trends. • Wrote advance reviews of upcoming programs, pilots, and DVD releases, conducted interviews with talent and creators, reported from screenings, premieres, and events. • Featured in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune.

Company: Televisionary

I worked there from /2006 until /2011

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