Executive Editor, Random House

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The Random House Publishing Group seeks an Executive Editor to acquire, edit and publish prominent nonfiction books for the Random House imprint. This position manages all aspects of the editorial process, from acquisition to development to publication. Responsible for conceiving new book ideas and for bringing new authors to the imprint.

•       Acquires manuscripts that meet the goals of the Random House publishing program
•       Proposes and evaluates new projects; works with high-level authors on shaping and developing material
•       Negotiates purchase of acquisition contracts with current and new authors
•       Manages the imprint/division’s relationships with key authors
•       Collaborates with design and production departments on style, schedule, format, and aesthetics of publication
•       Performs other related duties as assigned or required

Candidates must have significant editorial experience. The ideal candidate has excellent negotiation skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a knack for working well with writers.  Candidates must possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Peking Opera and other tales through the eyes of clueless onlookers
written by Eileen Chang, originally published in 1943

If we examine affairs of all things Chinese as if we were foreigners watching Peking Opera, it could be fun and meaningful again.  With bamboo cloth line and baby diapers hanging over viewers' heads; Glasses over the counter top filled with "longevity spirit from Ginshen";  Radio playing famed Mei Lanfang operatic voices over the wavelength from one corner; and from another, advertisement of miracle ointment to cure and sooth contagious scabies or itching ... that's all what it means to be living in Chinese atmosphere, their multiplicity, poignancy, mysterious or too funny for words.

Many young generation worldly men loved China but had no idea what attracted them to its culture.  Unconditional love is quite admirable -- the only danger is that sooner or later,  when reality bites, they are unprepared for its deadly touch, inhaling into their chests its full blown coldness and their hearts gradually turned into icicles. We are unfortunately to live among local Chinese populace, unlike other expatriates, safely worshiped their motherland afar with awe and affectionate undying love. So come and take a much closer look!  Re-examine Chinese life through clueless foreigner's glasses while they listen to our Peking opera, with big surprises and intrigues, we might gain loving insights that otherwise we don't know it is always there.

Whenever I had a conversation longer than three sentences, I couldn't continue without mentioning Peking opera. And why is that, you may wonder. That's because I don't make a living to sing Peking opera yet I am full of curiosity towards it. As far as living a life, who wouldn't admit that they only have half of the clues? I am particularly fond of using Peking opera to set a proper attitude towards life as how Chinese live in it.

Those fair ladies from Peking opera troops who've played big roles on stage, when they learned that you like watching Peking opera, they would smile and say: " You know Peking opera, that is a sophisticated showbiz all in itself. Directing each stage and scene setting with proper costumes, that involves much subtleties and minute details, you could probably spend your whole life to understand what it might entail. "  Of course, I wouldn't have any clue if they were put on wrong costumes for a historical period of time; and if their tunes were a bit off the scores, I wouldn't notice anything either. I only love to sit in front rows, totally immerse myself into actors' actions on stages;  let myself being blown away by those colorful blue and golden painted face under bulky armories, long capes flowing up and showing its red inlines,  jade green trousers flipping out purple underlines.

Opinions by outside observers are sometime invaluable, or else whenever American journalists interview some big shots,  why they always like to pick topics that is totally unrelated to their professed expertise? For example, when they interview a female murder suspect, they want to know if she was optimistic on how our world might end; interviewing a boxing champion, they ask him if he approves adaptation of Shakespearian play into modern fashion show. Of course, they need to attract viewers, to make them laugh and feel good about themselves, thinking: "I know even more than these social celebrities.  Famed people can be dumber than me!"  On the other hand, outsiders might have a fresher and simpler outlook, that is worth uncovering.

In order not to take myself too serious, let's talk about 话剧里的平剧罢。《秋海棠》一剧风魔了全上海,不能不归功于故事里京戏气氛的浓。紧跟着《秋海棠》空前的成功,同时有五六出话剧以平剧的穿插为号召。中国的写实派新戏剧自从它的产生到如今,始终是站在平剧的对面的,可是第一出深入民间的话剧之所以得人心,却是借重了平剧——这现象委实使人吃惊。


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Did you know that the average American spends 57 hours working on their taxes? Even Albert Einstein once wrote, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."

An Inconvenient Tax, a documentary from Moving Picture Institute-supported filmmakers Christopher Marshall and Vincent Vittorio, reveals how Congress uses our impossibly complex tax code to achieve political goals that have nothing to do with raising revenue

Featuring economic experts, commentators, and political voices such as Steve Forbes, Mike Huckabee, Noam Chomsky, David M. Walker, and others, the film traces the evolution of the income tax through wars, economic booms and busts, and presidencies.

Political favoritism, ineffective social programs, and economic manipulations all reveal the need for tax reform. As America faces an ever-growing financial crisis, this timely and engaging film transcends partisanship and offers Americans a chance to unite in a grassroots movement for change.

Catch An Inconvenient Tax on Hulu, Amazon, or here.
In other news:
  • We the Internet TV, the Moving Picture Institute's comedy news channel, has been nominated for Best Film & Video – Variety category in the 21st Annual Webby Awards. Cast your vote online today to help We the Internet TV win the Internet's top honor! Voting ends April 20th.
  • Calling all filmmakers! The Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge 2017 kicks off May 16th. This is a chance to win major prizes, including a $5,000 Feature/TV pilot development deal with Adi Shankar's Infinite Ammo Productions! Moving Picture Institute filmmakers will have their entry fee waived.
  • Mama Rwanda, an MPI documentary from Laura Waters Hinson about entrepreneurial mothers in Rwanda, is now available for campus and community screenings! Email nicole@thempi.org to bring the film to your group.
  • We are HIRING! Currently, we are looking for a Director of Major Gifts. Interested parties should email Steve.Ankney@roberthalfes.com for more information.
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What have universities become? Watch our new free speech doc!

Watch our just-released campus speech mini-doc!
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Watch We the Internet TV's most popular video! 

Today the Moving Picture Institute's comedy web channel We the Internet TV released a new short documentary "Silence U Part 2: What is Yale Becoming?", the follow-up to its 2016 viral hit "Silence U: Is the University Killing Free Speech and Open Debate?

The film examines Yale's notorious controversy surrounding administrative controls over Halloween costumes. The film asks: If universities can't tolerate debate about controversial issues, how can they call themselves places of learning? The 12-minute documentary has already garnered press in the New York Times and the College Fix.

"The silence from students shocked me," said the film's director Rob Montz. "Forget what's right -- students openly told me they wouldn't say anything controversial or speak out against the administration because it could jeopardize their job prospects."  

"Although our comedy videos typically focus on satirizing politics, We the Internet TV released 'Silence U' to support open discourse," said Lou Perez, comedian and We the Internet TV's head writer. "This is more than a documentary about Yale -- we're seeing this story play out on campuses nationwide. This belongs on We the Internet because humor can't survive without free speech."

We the Internet TV, through its podcast and live show "Unsafe Space," will host a panel about the video tonight at 8 p.m. at The Lab at The Hollywood Improv. Watch the event via live-stream here.
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