Jocelyn Finnegan

Los Angeles, California

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About Me

Media Production Qualifications and Capabilities:

• Extremely passionate for all forms of storytelling including television, film and all other video and audio production
• Creative and entertaining writing capabilities for both half hour and full hour television formats, screenplays, etc.
• Superior multitasking and organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple high priority tasks and creatively develop
solutions to problems
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills coupled with a strong work ethic and a desire to excel at all tasks

Work Experience:

Prospect Pilot | ABC Studios | Burbank, CA
Showrunners’ Assistant
February 2020 – June 2020
• Assisted the showrunners and creators with all their needs in order to successfully produce the pilot script
• Researched, proofread scripts, and transcribed notes for all important calls with studio, network, and production
• Coordinated with department heads, coordinators, and assistants to maintain script changes, scheduling, itineraries, etc.

The Morning Show | Media Res | Culver City, CA
Producer’s Assistant
November 2019 – February 2020
• Assisted the line producer with scheduling, keeping up with budgets, taking notes on calls, and touching base with all department heads in order to meet production deadlines and efficiently shoot each hour-long episode
•Created and managed prep schedules, production calendars, cast calendars, etc. and distributed to studio and crew

Little Fires Everywhere | ABC Signature | West Hollywood, CA
Producer’s Assistant
February 2019 – November 2019
• Coordinated with Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine, Kerry Washington’s production company Simpson Street, ABC Signature Studios, and Hulu in order to assist producing the 8-episode limited series
• Worked closely with the showrunner’s assistant to ensure the writers and production departments communicated efficiently

Southern Hospitality Pilot | ABC Studios | Burbank, CA
Showrunners’ Assistant
February 2018 – May 2018
• Assisted showrunners and creators Ellen Kreamer and Sherry Bilsing-Graham with casting, production and post
• Answered heavy phones, coordinated meetings and acted as a liaison between showrunners and all department heads •Took verbatim notes during studio and network notes calls to ensure clarity on script feedback, dailies, full cuts, etc. § Worked with agents and managers, and read through hundreds of scripts, to find the best potential writers for staffing

Code Black | ABC Studios | Burbank, CA
Producer’s Assistant / Medical Content Coordinator
June 2017 – January 2018
• Handled scheduling, phones, deal memos and maintained and distributed the production schedule to the studio and network § Worked with the writing, medical, and legal departments to source medical content and help bring each script to life

The Ellen DeGeneres Show | Burbank, CA
Associate Producer
April 2015 – June 2016
• Wrote and assisted in producing segments for both human interest and celebrity guests
• Selected dedicated viewers in need for Ellen DeGeneres to surprise them with cars, trips and other prizes
• Worked closely with the script coordination and writing departments to ensure they always had the most up to date scripts and questions for Ellen DeGeneres and any other on air talent
• Routinely pitched potential comedy sketch scenarios, game ideas and human interest segments to boost ratings
• Collaborated with writing team to create a fun and humorous setting for Ellen DeGeneres, celebrity guests and fans to participate in during games, hidden camera segments, large reveals, etc.
• Performed extensive research on talent and show topics by creating information packets and research memos
• Constructed a daily news brief for the entire company which included odd news stories to incorporate into the monologue, heart felt stories for the human interest team and all major national news stories
• Coordinated with props, wardrobe, editing, graphics, teleprompter and all other departments to ensure all elements were ready for show tapings
• Helped produce several side projects for the show’s digital platforms and GAP’S ED by Ellen spring campaign, as well as integration and branding projects

‘Heads Up’ Game Show | Burbank, CA
Associate Producer
May 2015 – June 2015
• Conducted try outs in order to select the best ‘Heads Up’ candidates to compete with and against celebrities
• Interviewed all players to discover fun facts to discuss on camera with their celebrity partner and host Loni Love
• Created and maintained important documents for the competition including biographies on celebrity and human interest players, show layouts, scripts, scores, prize hand outs, call sheets, game rules, contact sheets, etc.
• Led pump up briefings for players to get motivated and camera ready

Harpo Productions, Inc. | Chicago, IL
Production Assistant
June 2014 – April 2015
• Assisted in all areas of production for the Super Soul Sunday television series and other Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) shows and specials produced by Harpo Productions, Inc.
• Prepared for production shoots by compiling research binders, creating cue/blue cards, setting up greenrooms, welcoming guests, and obtaining media releases

Harpo Productions, Inc. | Chicago, IL
Production Assistant
Executive Assistant to the EVP of Harpo / Executive Producer of Super Soul Sunday
March 2014 – June 2014
• Addressed large volume of phone calls for all executives by screening calls, addressing questions and concerns,
communicating information to callers regarding appointment requests, show idea submissions, and tickets
• Arranged weekly publicity meetings by compiling all relative ratings and social media statistics

Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies:
University of Illinois | Urbana-Champaign, Illinois 2007 - 2011
Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Concentration: Broadcast, Minor: Communication

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