Senior Backend Engineer

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First Look Media · New York, NY

Partners & Advocates
Public Infrastructure
Posted 3 months ago


The Position:

First Look Media is looking for an experienced and forward-thinking senior backend engineer to join our top-notch engineering team.

Candidates should be self-motivated professionals who have built long lasting data models and APIs. A broad set of experiences is ideal - core to the role is building and iterating on robust services. Some consumers of these services will be front end web clients or internal stakeholders and others will be workflow pipelines managing, transforming and moving data and assets across our own infrastructure and out to partners.

Our infrastructure is entirely in the cloud (AWS) and you’ll ideally have a lot of experience working in that environment. Backend engineers need to have some level of comfort working in a DevOps capacity - although expertise is not required, a willingness to learn and step in is.

As Senior Engineer you’ll have a great deal of autonomy so you should be organized, outspoken and love creating great services. You’ll work with the backend team as well as in partnership with the front-end developers. You may work directly with stakeholders. Collaboration and communication are key to getting things done.

Our office is in NYC but this role can be telecommute. We’d love it if you were in or near enough to the city to get in when we want to get together but there may be times where you’ll need to come into the office.


  • Architect and implement backend systems and services
  • Manage and improve our infrastructure and tooling
  • Build robust two-way integrations with a variety of third party services
  • Work with the wider engineering team and stakeholders to constantly refine our processes
  • Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned

Our Tech Stack:

We use the best tools for the job and are always open to new technologies, but our basic stack includes:

  • Node
  • TypeScript/JavaScript
  • AWS
  • GraphQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Elasticsearch
  • Redshift
  • Kafka
  • Docker
  • CircleCI
  • Terraform

Background & Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years as a backend engineer
  • Experience building an evolving data model and API
  • Someone who works easily and collaboratively with the team
  • Experience working as a client of many different APIs
  • Someone who’s worked with Cloud services (ideally AWS)
  • Comfort in a dynamic environment


First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, FLM was founded on the fundamental belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and the power of storytelling, are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy.

About Topic Studios

Topic Studios, the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media, develops, finances and produces provocative and entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television and podcasts. From Kevin Macdonald’s legal thriller The Mauritanian, starring Jodie Foster who won a Golden Globe® for her performance, Tahar Rahim nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley (STXfilms), and the Academy Award® winning Spotlight; to documentaries The Fight, co-released with Magnolia Pictures and Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix; to television with the Film Independent Spirit Award® nominated docu-series Love Fraud and the Emmy Award® winning and Peabody Award® nominated 16 Shots, both on Showtime; and the upcoming surfing documentary series, 100 Foot Wave on HBO/HBO Max; as well as pioneering podcasts (the return of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Warner Media Podcast Network; the IDA Award® winning investigative podcast, Somebody, with iHeartMedia); and The Messenger, on Audible Plus. Films from Topic Studios include Pablo Larrain’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, currently in production, with NEON: Michael Angelo Covino’s The Climb (Sony Pictures Classics); Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis with Bleecker Street; and The Nowhere Inn (IFC Films), written by and starring Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). Topic Studios is also ramping up its scripted television division, having set up two premium dramas arising from their previous first-look deal with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), including the adult thriller Savannah with PKM Productions for Amazon Studios; and is developing an English-language adaptation of the critically acclaimed Israeli HOT comedy, Nehama, among other projects.


Topic features North American premieres and programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of Originals including documentaries, scripted comedies and dramas, discussion shows, and more. With exclusive TV series and films that take you to more than 40 countries, Topic showcases an unparalleled diversity of creators, perspectives, and experiences. We prioritize bold storytelling, champion underrepresented voices, and believe that entertainment should expand your view of the world.

Topic’s Original productions include the Sundance 2021 docuseries Philly D.A.Call Center Blues (directed by Geeta Gandbhir), The Letter Room (directed by Elvira Lind and starring Oscar Isaac), Chris Gethard’s Beautiful/Anonymous, and Release (created/directed by Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison).

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on, AppleTV & iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android, and Amazon Prime Video Channels, with more coming soon.

About Press Freedom Defense Fund

The Press Freedom Defense Fund provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers who are targeted by governments, corporations, or other powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest and necessary for a functioning democracy. The Fund also provides legal resources for operational needs of reporters and news organizations through a pro bono law firm, and provides training and education programs to an array of journalists, lawyers, and nonprofit organizations.

The Press Freedom Defense Fund fearlessly and relentlessly dedicates itself to protecting the First Amendment. Free speech should be regarded as a right, investigative reporting a duty, and whistleblowing an act of bravery.

The Press Freedom Defense Fund Advisory Committee includes Jameel Jaffer, Tom Rosenstiel, Sandy Rowe, Dave Schulz, and Nabiha Syed.

About The Intercept

The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.

About Field of Vision

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven organisation that commissions filmmakers and artists with developing and ongoing stories around the globe. Field of Vision is committed to advocating for the rights and needs of filmmakers, and supporting cinematic innovation and representation. Recent projects have included the Oscar®-winning feature AMERICAN FACTORY, the Oscar®-nominated features STRONG ISLAND; HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING; and Oscar®-nominated shorts A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN and IN THE ABSENCE, as well as the Emmy-winning feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, and Emmy-nominated short THE SURRENDER.

Founded in 2015 and led by Co-Founder and Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 130 films - 45 features, 5 episodic series, and 85 short films. Field of Vision has an ongoing commitment supporting innovation and diversity and as such 54% of Field of Vision-supported films have been directed by women and 43% by filmmakers of color. This work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and IDFA, among many other festivals, winning multiple Grand Jury and other awards and nominations.

Distribution partners represent a wide range of media, from publishers the New Yorker and The Intercept and Teen Vogue; distributors NEON, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Hulu; and, exhibitors New York's IFC Center and London's Institute for Contemporary Arts.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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