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Creative Director, Branded Content

Complex k

New York, NY

Feb 12
Job Description

COMPLEX is looking for a Creative Director to join the Branded Content department. This position will report into the Head of Branded Content.

This role will equally focus on two areas: Strategy and Creative Development. Combining strategy and creative development is crucial to creating a cohesive program.

• THE STRATEGY: Creative briefs range from budget size, objectives to specificity. A key part of your role will be to partner with the Sales team to understand the brief correctly. You will work on creative concepts; collaborating with the Strategy, Production, Experiential, Product, Social, and the Editorial team/s to craft the the best content experience.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT: You are responsible for building the presentation.You will use your skills and knowledge of the client to create a presentation that brings the program to life and captures the client’s attention.


• Lead a team of creatives, mentoring, inspiring and growing direct reports
• Ensure team members are immersed in culture, understand COMPLEX’s voice and are familiar with COMPLEX’s content and audience
• Guide your team to closely analyze agency and client briefs (pro-active and reactive)
• Develop unique, culturally relevant ideas for video, editorial, social, experiential activations and more
• Advise the team on developing clear creative visions for each pitch, program and other projects to communicate and advocate their vision with our external clients as well as internal clients
• Create a positive, collaborative, supportive culture by being solution-oriented, and encouraging accountability and respect
• Work in tandem with peers within the Branded Partnership Studios group to create cohesive structure and process
• Assist the team achieve creative excellence and unprecedented levels of output within a very demanding, revenue-driven organization
• Aid the team translating their concepts that effectively communicate the ideas, and show how those concepts support the brief as well as engage and inspire COMPLEX’s audience
• Lead your direct reports to maximum collaboration, ingenuity, and accountability:
• • Partner with the strategy and the sales team to ensure the idea puts COMPLEX in the strongest position to win the business
• • Ideate with the design team to develop art direction and visual identities
• • Work closely with production to make sure they understand how each idea will be brought to life and the cost implications of each creative decision
• Ensure the quality and timeliness of your team’s pitch submissions
• Help your team prioritize and juggle pitching alongside post-sale production responsibilities
• Oversee the execution of your team’s sold creative concepts and programs, ensuring the highest quality creative output delivered within deadline and on budget
• Guide creatives through the production process including pre, production and post
• Balance client and audience needs to ensure their experience will succeed with our audience to meet client KPIs
• Ensure your team is fully involved in productions, while also balancing pre-sale pitch needs


• 8+ years experience spanning editorial, design, agency, film, events, publishing, client, branded content
• Strong understanding and experience in the production process (pre/production/post) and experience working closely with directors, producers, designers, art directors and more
• A history working with brands and leading creative teams to create successful, culturally relevant content
• Deep knowledge and interest in digital media, social media, content & technology
• Strong grasp of brand strategy
• Long and short copy and scriptwriting ability
• Good presentation skills
• Help in pitching new business
• Keynote/PPT expertise
• Knowledge of Adobe, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro are a plus
• Passion, positivity, self-motivation, perseverance
• A sense of humor


• Think outside the box -- you know that a deck isn’t always the best way to tell a product’s story
• You operate well in ambiguity -- you thrive in changing environments
• You love to collaborate -- you work well across teams and functions
• You are solutions-oriented -- you face a challenge and see solutions, not just problems
• You are a foodie!

***You MUST submit a link to your portfolio to be considered.

Complex Networks offers an awesome casual work environment with a great team of smart, motivated, innovative and fun people. And our benefits are pretty good as well, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short/long term disability, generous time off and a 401k match! We hold tons of events throughout the year including happy hours and team building activities.


Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company launched ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, to bring the “Internet to life.” The annual event attracts over 200 culture-shifting brands and over 60,000 digitally savvy attendees to the two-day cultural festival.

Complex Networks formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst. Today, it is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture. Complex Networks’ digital channels, which include Complex News, First We Feast, Pigeons & Planes, Sole Collector and more, are the Top 10 publishers in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube. A diversified and profitable media business with premium distribution partners such as Netflix, Hulu, Pluto TV, Roku, and iFlix. Complex Networks’ original content exemplifies convergence culture, exploring topics that span across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food.

The Branded Content department at COMPLEX is a diverse team of entrepreneurial creatives who live and breathe culture and are passionate about the work we create. The team concepts, develops and pitches ideas for our brand partners, driving their vision through production, post-production, distribution, and activation. The team leverages the power and authenticity of COMPLEX’s voice to create award-winning programs for clients that are forward-thinking and culturally relevant.