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MTVN's Intern Program is focused on upperclassmen (juniors/seniors).
The program runs during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Students must be
registered in an internship for academic credit with their college or university, and must
provide an official document on school letterhead confirming this information.
Students must be available to work a minimum of two full days per week for a minimum
of ten weeks (not including weekends).
TV/Film students may only apply for an MTV Production or Network Operations
internship. MTV offers internships in many other areas which are not approved fot TV/F
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MTV NEWORKS, a Vivacom company, is a global company that owns and operates
television programming and online services worldwide, including MTV, MTV 2, VH1,
Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Noggin, The Digital Suite, TNN, CMT, MTVi
Group and Nickelodeon Online. More than 7,000 employees in 23 countries are a part of
MTV Networks' ongoing success.
MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION was launched in 1981, MTV now reaches nearly 300
million households in 82 territories. It features music videos, new, sports, animation,
comedy, and other original programming such as THE REAL WORLD, THE LYRICIST
LOUNGE, ROAD RULES, TOTAL REQUEST LIVE. The MTV brand also extends
beyond television into movies (ELECTION, 200 CIGARETTES, KINGS OF
COMEDY), and publishing.
MTV2 was born in 1996, home to 24 hours of freeform music programming. The
channel's online content, which includes local music information, concert dates and
viewer feedback, enhances the on-air experience.
NICKELODEON began in 1979 offering kids their own place on the TV dial. Since
then, Nickelodeon has become the leading cable network for kids, delivering popular
shows such as, RUGRATS, BLUE'S CLUES and THE BROTHERS GARCIA. In
addition, the Nickelodeon brand drives books, consumer products, Web sites, and live
entertainment shows. Its success has also led to a host of other endeavors, such as Nick at
Nite, TV Land and Noggin.
NICK AT NITE took over Nick's airwaves in the evening for the first time, offering
viewers classic TV comedies from the 50's through the 80's like THE BRADY BUNCH
and THE FACTS OF LIFE.
TV LAND was inspired by Nick at Nite, the 24 hour network TV Land launched in 1996
and airs classic sitcoms, dramas, westerns, variety shows, rarities and commercials from
the 50's through the 80's, all day, every day, with a lineup that includes THE A-TEAM,
ADAM-12 and THE HONEYMOONERS.
NOGGIN is the nation's first 24-hour, fully integrated educational network and online
service dedicated to educating, entertaining and stimulating kids' imaginations. The
commercial-free network, launched in early 1999 as a joint venture between Sesame
Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) and Nickelodeon, features original
programming such as A WALK IN YOUR SHOES, plus classic Nickelodeon and
Sesame Workshop productions such as GHOSTWRITER, SESAME STREET and 3-2-1
VH1: MUSIC FIRST appeared on the dial in 1985, VH1 is the 24-hour music channel
for people who grew up with MTV and want to stay connected to the music they love.
VH1 is not just music videos, but also original documentary series such as BEHIND THE
MUSIC, exclusive concerts like DIVAS LIVE.
TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK is the cable channel for the country lifestyle,
TNN delivers the music, sports and outdoors programming its audience craves. In
addition to awards shows and original programming such as CAR AND DRIVER
TELEVISION and GRAND OLE OPRY LIVE, TNN also features Arena Football,
NASCAR and the World Wrestling Federation.
CMT: COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION is the first 24 hour cable network devoted to
country music, CMT offers the best in country music videos, news and special events.
From event programming such as all-request video weekends to great original shows like
CMT HIT TRIP, CMT is the cable network that country music fans call home.
MTVi GROUP is the world's leading online music entertainment company with 22
online music destinations around the world, including mtv.com, vh1.com, sonicnet.com
NICKELODEON ONLINE extends Nickelodeon's kids first philosophy to the internet,
making it a leader for the web sites for kids and their parents. The network of sites
include: nick.com, nickjr.com, noggin.com, gas.nick.com, teachers.nick.com, nick-at-
nite.com, and tvland.com.
ANIMATION is a significant part of MTV's and Nickelodeon's programming, and
requires studios staffed with layout artists, animation directors, producers and
productions assistants who can develop programs for each network.
DEVELOPMENT is responsible for creating original programming for the networks.
Meeting with producers, writers and directors from the inside and outside the company
who come up with new ideas for shows.
NETWORK OPERATIONS houses the following departments: Acquisition Operations,
Post Production Operations, Tech Operations, and Tech Maintenance.
NETWORK STANDARDS AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY supports MTV
Networks commitment to the public by supervising each network standards area and
facilitating the company's involvement in charitable pro-social and
ON-AIR PROMOTIONS develops the on-screen creative feel of each network, using
images and graphics to promote programs as well as package long-form programming,
acquisition and cross channel promotions and sweepstakes.
PRODUCTION develops and produces series, specials and long-form programming in
the studio and on location, giving special consideration to content, style, location and
talent issues, programming, scripts and packaging.
PROGRAMMING is primarily responsible for selecting and scheduling the video clips,
shows, special programming and promotional materials seen on a network.
MTV (Production) First internship report
A few weeks ago, I started my second semester as an intern at MTV. Last semester, I
worked in the marketing department, learning the business end of MTV's operations. This
semester, I am getting great experience working as an intern in their production
department. Every week I am assigned to a production assistant in each of the production
My first week at my internship, I was assigned to work on the post production team for a
MTV show called "Snowed In". This show is basically MTV's version of spring break
during the winter. I was taught how to use Viacom's online library system called Alias.
With this program, I was able to search their entire library of tapes and recorded footage.
Several people, from editors to producers, asked me to help them out by tracking down
these tapes, ordering them, and picking them up. Often times, if it was needed, I was then
asked to change to digital tapes over to VHS. The production assistant that I was working
with took me to the dub room and showed me how to change tapes over, as well as make
dubs of them. I also participated in editing sessions with the show's editors. The PA that I
was assigned to was also in charge of handling all of the petty cash, time sheets and crew
assignments. I was able to see the whole process of how he handled all of his
responsibilities as the post production coordinator.
My second week on the job I was assigned to the PA in the control room. This exciting
opportunity gave me the chance to be right in the studio where everything happens. I was
able to interact with the directors, producers, veejays, cameramen, soundmen, gaffers,
writers and many others. I sat right in the control room during the live tapings of shows
like Total Request Live, VJ For A Day, and Direct Effect. I got a chance to see the
directors in action as they controlled the live shows. I could see how many separate
people it takes to produce live shows like these.
I was also given the opportunity to sit with the shows talent coordinators while they read
over scripts with the shows guests and on-screen talent. The whole entire process was so
exciting to see from behind the scenes. When you watch these same shows from home,
you're oblivious to how much really goes on to create that show.
My third week at MTV, I was assigned to the general studio PA's. They basically work
for everyone else in the studio by providing them with supplies, food, paychecks and
anything else they may need. They also make sure the celebrity guests are comfortable
and taken care of. For the two days I was with them I went all over the city doing runs for
the studio. I picked up everything from microphones, to earpieces, shelves and tapes.
Overall, my first 3 weeks at MTV have been quite fulfilling. With the amount that I've
learned in this short time, there's no telling how much knowledge the entire internship
will provide me with. I love the opportunity to work right in the thick of the action. There
is no better place than MTV to gain the most valuable experience, while having fun and
working with people that treat you nicely. I can't wait to continue on with this internship
and learn everything possible. I plan to take full advantage of my time at MTV by
meeting and impressing the right people while learning about the music and production
MTV (VH1) INTERNSHIP REPORT 2
In September of 1998, as I entered St. John's University as a freshman, all I could think
about was interning for any company that would have me. I obviously did not know what
career choice I would pick as I entered my freshman year as a Liberal Arts major in St.
John's College. So her I am, four years later, with a very cool internship at MTV
Networks which is preparing me for the world outside of St. John's University.
When it was time to start applying for internships in early December, I got the ball rolling
by sending out my resumes with cover letters to three different places. I received calls
from two of the three places, Regis and Kelly and MTV Networks. Now the challenge of
promoting my abilities and expectations would begin as I began the interview process. I
prepared for my interviews by reviewing some questions that I thought the interviewers
would ask and really knowing what I was looking for. Most important was to just be
My first interview was for Regis and Kelly. I met with Courtney Strong, the internship
coordinator. She made me feel very comfortable during my interview. Her general
questions were straightforward and quite easy. The questions she asked regarding
hypothetical situations were a bit more diffcult. After our interview session was over,
Courtney proceeded to tell me what my responsibilities would be if I were to get the
position at Regis and Kelly. Three weeks later, Courtney informed me that I had the
position if I wanted it. The position offered was in the Promotions Department. It wasn't
really what I was looking for. Therefore, I decided to wait a little longer and see if I
would get any additional responses to my resume submissions.
Ellen Czelada, from MTV Networks, called me for an interview about two weeks after
my interview at Regis and Kelly. I went to the interview with the same attitude as before,
to just be myself. As the interview began Ellen, asked me routine questions that any
interviewer would ask, someone who was applying for a job.
After we had gone through the interview process, she looked at my resume, to familiarize
herself with what I could do and what I have done in the past. The fact that I had written
down on my resume that I was a producer for the SJU Student produced show, "Eye of
the Storm," impressed her. She went through a hook, which was about 1,000 pages of all
intern positions, and stated that she had the perfect place for me. It was VH1 studios,
which was not located in the main building on Broadway. It was its own tiny studio on
33rd Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan. This specific studio only accepts one intern,
and I was being given the opportunity to interview for that spot. Ellen first asked me if I
minded being in a place where I would be the only intern. I did not mind at all. Ellen then
sent me to the studio to interview with Amy Bergstein.
Amy Bergstein was awaiting my arrival at the studio. As I walked up the stairs, I felt
myself get really nervous. I was asked about myself and what I was interested in, post
graduation. The subject of the SJU TV Club, and the show was brought up again, and she
seemed impressed that I knew quite a few things about production. After the interview
she made another appointment with me to interview with her assistant Pete DeGrazio. It
was under his supervision that I would be interning, so it was only right that he would
have a say in the final decision, to either accept me as an intern, or not.
The second interview with VH1 Studios was even better than the first. I had the
opportunity to interview with both Pete DeGrazio and Amy Bergstein. Pete asked me
some questions about what I was interested in, and then took me on a tour of the studio.
After the interview we went back into Amy's office, and discussed days and hours that I
would be available. When everything was over, and I was ready to go, they told me that
they would get back to me within a week. They had to interview one other student as
well. I got the call that I was accepted one week later.
I decided to take on the VH1 internship offer, because it was more studio work and more
of a Production Assistant position. Regis and Kelly's position was more for promotions. It
was a public relations type of position. I called up Amy and told her I would love to take
January 22, 2002, was the orientation day. During orientation the internship coordinator
Ellen Czelada, explained to all of MTV's networks' new interns the rules and regulations
of the company. Also during this time, we were able to meet other students who would be
interning in any of the many positions available at the company. It was a good
experience, because by the time orientation came, everyone knew what company they
were going to be interning for, such as MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1. We were all able to
talk about ourselves. A good way to network with future professionals.
The first day of my internship was scary and nerve-racking. I guess it's the standard
feeling one gets when beginning a new adventure. As I walked through the doors,
officially for the first, all I kept thinking was "What if I don't fit in here?" "What if I don't
understand what they are asking me to do, and I mess up?" Like any other day, this day
Pete DeGrazio showed me around again, so that I could become more comfortable and
familiar with my surroundings. We went to both main offices, so that he could introduce
me to the people and the building floors that I would need to know, for my stay there.
The first building, which is the headquarters of MTV Networks, was the MTV Building
in Times Square. Then Pete took me to the other main office in the Paramount Building
located at 1633 Broadway.
Upon our return to the VH1 studio, Pete took me around to meet the crew. They were
very polite and friendly. Although I expected the crew to be nice to me, I did not expect
that they would be as comfortable around me they were.
Pete DeGrazio told me about my new responsibilities. I was to help the Assistant
Director, Beth Veraldi, with anything she needed. The other responsibilities I had to
handle were getting the Green Room ready for any guests who would arrive and making
sure that the Production office was fully stocked with supplies. Filing, photocopying, and
errand running, were obviously some other chores of being an intern.
Beth Veraldi, the Assistant Director, was the person I spent the most time with and
learned the most from at my internship. As Beth's assistant, I was logging tapes that were
being taped in the studio. Another part of the job was keeping the segments times. Beth
taught me how to use a teleprompting program, Avstar, which the television industry is
currently using. Among the other tasks I had to perform for the Assistant Director were
typing a database for all the still-store graphics, logging additional show tapes, and
obviously making photocopies for the crew.
Amy Bergstein, the studio production manager, was another person that I spent a lot of
my internship hours with. She had me make phone calls to various companies to check
and see if the studio could receive certain things such as, lighting equipment, scenic
equipment and engineering equipment. Through these tasks I can honestly say that I
learned to speak on the phone more professionally. Amy also had me do some studio
invoice copying and filing.
Pete DeGrazio, my supervisor, also had some tasks for me to fulfill at my internship.
Under Pete's supervision I had to "route schedules," daily. What this means is that I had
to hand out the schedule to crew members as well as posting it in several key locations. I
also had to go to the two main offices to drop off documents as well as pick up others.
At VH1 I had the opportunity to work on many different productions. Producers came in
to tape segments of "Newsflash," "Pro-Newsflash," "Top 20 Countdowns", puppy shows,
interviews for specials, and the "Rock Show." Unfortunately the "Rock Show" was
canceled one week after I began my internship.
A couple of weeks ago a new show came to the studio, "Fresh with Zeke." It was
originally shot in someone's apartment but the producers decided to build a set and shoot
the show in a studio. I had the chance to watch the stagehands build the set from scratch
in one day. It was amazing to watch. They transformed a plain old room into the ultimate
As the weeks progressed the crew and I became friendlier. They picked on me, as they
picked on each other, which made me feel like part of the crowd. The environment was
homey. The crew is like one big happy family and I felt like they let me in to be their
little sister. The classes at St. John's prepare you for a serious environment in television
production. It was not like that at all at VH1. The crew was always playing jokes on each
other, even during productions. On April 1st, April Fool's Day, the crew decided to
change all of their positions. The cameraperson became the tape operator, the tape
operator became the technical director, the technical director became the teleprompter
operator, and the teleprompter operator became the cameraperson. The producer of the
segment was a bit confused, but because the crew got the job done, the producer did not
have any objections.
Another day at the studio, while shooting a special news flash, host Ameer Haleem and
the technical crew decided to play a joke on the Director and Assistant Director. Ameer
pretended to be on TTV, Turbulence TV During the middle of Ameer reading the
teleprompter, everything going well, the cameraperson started rattling the camera, the
audio engineer played plane crash noises, and the stage manager threw the host a gas
mask made out of Tupperware. The host continued to pretend that there was turbulence
on the set, and that anyone at home should not panic. It was a very funny prank played on
the director. It was even funnier to see how many crewmembers were in on it and who
added their special effects to the cause. In a place where you would expect everyone to be
professional, it is nice to see that there are moment when harmless fun occurs.
Through my internship I was able to show off my St. John's education. I was able to
understand and speak their lingo, as well as learn a few more television terms. Because of
the classes I have taken and being a board member of the television club and a student
staff worker for the Television Center, I was able to contribute to several conversations
without looking foolish or ignorant. The crew seemed pretty impressed with my
conversations about television production. They were impressed that St. John's allowed
their students to work on equipment unsupervised. They had never had the experience to
work with a student who knew the technical side of production and able to work the
My internship, like anything in life had both good qualities and bad qualities about it. The
good things about it were that I learned a lot by watching all of the employees put
productions together. I had the opportunity to see the action behind the scenes, and that
was great. The bad things about the internship were that I did not get any hands on
experience, with the exception of the Chyron. All of the equipment was only operated by
the crew, no one else was allowed to utilize it. I think the other downfall was that because
I had a lot of work to do for my other classes, it sometimes seemed like a waste of time to
be there. It was great to watch and learn, but there is only so much you can learn by just
There are a few reasons why an internship was important for me to complete. I wanted to
experience the reality of working in television production. I also wanted to make
connections with people, hoping that they could help me out with finding a job after
graduation. Another reason for the internship was to get credit in school for it. A11 of my
expectations with the internship were met and I am happy about that.
I knew that when I entered SJU I wanted to take an internship, either my junior or senior
year. I decided to take it my senior year so that if my sponsors offered me a job I would
be able to take it. Although I have not been offered anything through my internship, I
take my experience, the skills I have learned and connections to the media, world with
me. In time, I know that in the long run. My internship with MTV Networks will be a
MTV INTERNSHIP REPORT 3
I Spent the fall entire semester worrying about what I was going to do at the end of
college and what I wanted to be, now I am sitting waiting for school to and so I can go
and be a part of the world that is right in front of me. All weekend I worked on a MTV
production called WANNABEES and then tomorrow I will be working on a MTV2
production called UNPLUGGED. I am still an intern so I am not getting paid for these
positions but on site I am treated as a Production Associate, which I would like to
become once I graduate. I am very excited about the future and what is to come.
I am working in the Production Management division of MTV Networks. Production
Management is the division of the company, which makes the production happen. They
get a show idea from the creative teams and then turn the show into reality. They make
the budget and then they scout out locations for the show, they hire camera crews,
caterers, get insurance, fill out guest release forms and basically anything else that goes
into the production aside from the actually filming and making for the show. It is
production management's responsibility that production stays within the budget and if
they do not that they have a valid reason for not and that there is money available for the
extra cost. And they are also in charge of all the pay sheets. When a shoot takes place the
production management team are the first people on site and the last people to leave. The
production management division is divided into different teams. Each team is assigned
different shows for which they are to work on. My team is the special weekends and
studio show team. The shows that have fallen under my teams control over the past three
months are THE NEW ORLEANS MARTI SPECIAL, ROCK AND JOCK, SPRING
BREAK I BET YOU WILL, SPRING BREAK BUSTED and all studio productions.
I started by internship on February 8th 2002. I was so scared and had no real idea about
what to expect when I got to the office. Everyone was very nice and understanding, when
I got a little confused (which happen a lot at the beginning). On the first day I unpacked a
lot of supplies that had just come back from the ROCK AND JOCK and MARDI GRAS
shows my team had just worked on. Other then that, to be honest I really spent most of
the first day in the wrong elevator. The Viacom building has different elevators, which go
to different floors, and well it took me a while to figure out what goes where. So after the
first day I was really excited about the people and the company but kind of worried that I
was going to spend my whole time at MTV in the storage closet with supplies. But, I did
not have to worry for long though because before the end of my first week I had an
opportunity to go into the studio and see what things where like in there. On my first
Friday it just so happened that Britney Spears was in the studio. It was nuts. There was
security everywhere and little girls screaming (actually there were even boys screaming).
She was coming to TRL (the daily live show in the studio) because her movie was
coming out that night and TRL is the perfect way for her to market her movie to the right
audience. So me and another intern did coat check for the audience members of TRL. I
know that coat check girl is nothing too glamorous but I was just happy to be a part
making something happen and getting an idea about what goes on within the studio.
As I sit here trying to think of details to let people in on my internship it almost makes
my head spin. I have learned so many things and met so many people that I feel as if to
go into any story I would right would lack detail and without detail there story would not
be done justice. So I guess I should tell you about the biggest lessons all the stories
collectively have taught me. Number one: Take the opportunity to meet people,
especially interns. People are either in the same place as you or were once in the same
place as you. They want to help you and unless you make yourself accessible to them,
they are not going to just hand things to you. Which takes me to my second lesson: Take
risk. Even if you do not get everything right ail the time people do notice that you are
trying and then they will remember you for it. Even asking for help can feel risky
sometimes if you feel like you are supposed to know what you are doing, but just put
yourself out there. I am the youngest of four children and I hate asking people to help me,
but its better to ask then to do something wrong. The third thing I have learned is that
there is no such thing as an 8-hour workday. If things need to be done then they need to
be done, regardless of the time. I have broken so many plans since I started at MTV
simply because I had to stay on sight or in the office because something needed to be
done. This is the nature of the business and it will never change.
Those are the three biggest lessons I have learned since I came to MTV but the biggest
question I have been asked is: "Do you meet famous people working at MTV." Although
I am not in the studio all the time, I did actually get to meet a few famous people. It is the
craziest thing when you are in the studio and someone famous just walks by you, the first
couple times I actually completely lost all sense of what I was supposed to be doing. But,
then again, famous people are just like you and me they are only on television. The green
room is where the guest get ready before they go on whatever show they are at the studio
for and I unfortunately was not aware that the green room was not green at all and just
happen to wander in there one day. It was my first day on a new show called VIDEO
BLOCKS and I did not really know what I was supposed to be doing so I decided to take
a seat on this be comfortable coach I found. Well about 5 minutes later the band Good
Charlotte walks in. Realizing that I was not supposed to be in this room I jump up and
yelped, "I'm not supposed to be in here" they kind of laughed and told me it was okay. I
was so scared I was going to be in trouble but then again this was an amazing band and
they told me it was okay to sit back down, so I did. They ended up being really nice
people and I did not get in trouble because they were not mad, but I defiantly learned
where I was not supposed to be hanging out. Later that same day I was walking around
the studio and saw the lead singer from one of my favorite bands Unwritten Law. He was
just standing around looking kind of lost so I said hi and told him I had been at his
concert the night before and went to walk away. I guess he really was lost because he
kept trying to talk to me. I was weird to be talking to someone who I had paid money to
go see the night before; he ended up coming back to the studio about two months later
and remembered who I was so that was pretty exciting and made all my friends jealous.
As my last days at MTV approach I am ready for a rest but I am sad to be leaving a place
I feel so a part of. I feel like I am leaving the network as a part of the team I have worked
with and not just as an intern. The group that I have been working for have told be that
once my Canadian working visa goes through that they are defiantly going to be looking
for me to help fill roles a freelance production associate on shows. I am very excited
about this and can only believe that as time goes on that will figure out what it is I want
to be doing and that hopefully my friends and mentors at MTV will be there to help.
MTV INTERNSHIP REPORT 4
From my first interview to my last day working at MTV Networks I tried my hardest to
stay aware, take notes, and learn from everything possible. It was a new world for me.
Before there I had other internships on movies, music videos, and commercials. Being
stuck in an office with production management, not being on set during shooting and
having limited responsibilities was a job I felt I had already learned the first day on set of
any internship before this one. So I had to find other ways of learning instead of just
getting experience. Each day seemed the same unless I pushed for something new. There
wasn't much work and what needed to be done was shared amongst a large group of
workers making each job easier. There was rarely a challenge and when challenged I was
better off teaching myself because most of the workers were a couple of years older than
me and knew just as much as I did. Sometimes I'd wonder why I took this internship and
why didn't I drop it once I saw what was going on, but then I remembered that once I
started it I wanted to finish it no matter what, I didn't want to give up. I had to find
something new, something challenging no matter what.
The first few days were a preparation period. I'd get my id for the building, meet and
greet the co-workers, and learn all the different floors and departments where I'd spend
the most time. It was all basically to get myself situated and comfortable. From that day
forward, each day, I'd enter the office at 10, from a 90 minute bus and train ride, I'd get
myself some breakfast eat it and wait for all the co-workers to show up. Right away they
would have copies for me to make. I learned the copy machine and all its settings
quickly. I read what was being copied, such as expense reports, paychecks, receipts, and
contact sheets. I was asked to return the copies and bring the originals to different
departments. The expense reports went to the accountants and line producers to be
signed, the pay checks went o each individual, the receipts went to the accountants or
travel and expenses department and the contact sheets went to everyone involved.
I learned to fax order to B&H Supply Store, Office Depot and other stores for tapes, film,
cameras, office supplies and equipment. Sometimes I make trips all over the city to
retrieve these orders. I'd carry loads of office equipment such as trashcans, folders, pens,
clipboards, and other supplies for blocks and blocks back to the office. Sometime I would
get treated to a cab ride to pick up expensive equipment. I made runs for food and
Knowing that I wasn't happy doing these simple jobs, they sent me to work for another
department for the rest of the week. TRL was traveling to Mardi Gras and Rock-n-Jock
was shooting in Philadelphia. The travel department needed help with travel reports and
folders. I began calling up airports, hotels, taxi and limousine services, and food services
finding out prices. I helped to get the cheapest places and arranged it by miles from the
shooting area. I compiled travel packets that contained tickets, from the Seacrest in house
travel agency, information on hotels and taxi services, per diem information, directions
and contact sheets. I separated each packet by date of departure, and when those days
neared I distributed them to each individual. This wasn't my ideal job but at least it was
new, different and the coworkers seemed a bit more interested in what I wanted out of
Coming back to production management I was hoping thing would change. In some ways
it did. I worked a weekend on a shoot called "Wanna be Fred Durst", where young kids
from all over dressed, danced, sung and acted like Fred Durst from the rock group Limp
Biscuit. The only problem was I was put on coat check. Before all the kids came, I
watched them set-up and helped arranging chairs and moving equipment. I asked
question on why they are setting thing up in a particular way and who was in charge of
what. Then the kids came screaming in. I met a lot of people from all over. Each of them
had their specific qualities and one kid wound up break pieces of wood during the
shooting. After I helped shut down the set and bring the equipment back to the Times
Every once in awhile I make a trip to the Mayor's Film and Video Office to get permits
for the Man on the Street interviews on Broadway for the TRL show. This was my
favorite trip because I'd be able to ask questions on what is and is not allowed for
shooting in New York City. I found out that, surprisingly, anything is allowed if a permit
is issued. Shooting in parks might cause the most trouble because of closing it down can
be a problem.
As time progressed, I was helping more on set, containing the audience and checking
coats for TRL. I even got to get my cousin on the show. I worked outside during a
Brittany Spears shoot and the audience was almost uncontrollable. People were taking
pictures and camcorder video tapings. That caused problems between the line producer
who didn't want anyone without a permit to have a working camera. I guarded the camera
and light equipment and again contained the audience.
I was beginning to be trusted more. I filled out expense reports on Microsoft Excel and
check other's reports making sure all the numbers matched the receipts. I filed vital
information on the talent in the folders that held all the information for shows like Say
What? Karaoke, TRL, and Movie Specials.
Throughout my internship I kept asking to work with other departments, but kept hitting
closed doors. I slowly gave up on that. With all the young people, cursing in the office,
wearing whatever they felt like wearing, every office blasting music while working, and
never really getting a straight answer when I asked specific questions, I felt as if this was
not the kind of environment I want to work in. The short time I worked there, I seen two
people get fired. I asked questions on pay, and I was told that MTV is Viacom's cash
account. They pay little money to the workers, the celebrities come on the show for free
and only talent gets the bulk of the money. It seemed as if they wanted young people
right out of college that would get stars in their eyes because they are working at MTV. It
seemed as if they exploited their workers more than supported them.
In the end, I can say I did learn, I learned little, but I did learn. I expected more, but I
appreciate the experience more than the knowledge gained. I don't plan on working there
when I graduate but it was somewhat rewarding. I appreciate the opportunity.