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I take from another thread in order to spot on it.

The interesting fact is that WWE is just looking for a new creative for Stamford on their website. But when you read what they look for you understand what they fail.

http://wwe-careers.com/wwe/jobboard/...5F80BAD409E322

- BA/BS in Film, TV, Drama, Media Studies, Communications or equivalent
- Minimum of three to five years writing and production experience in network television
- Professional TV staff experience in drama and comedy a plus
- Experience in all aspects of live TV production a plus
- Highly creative (a prolific idea generator)
- Plugged into pop culture and trends
- Able to work closely and effectively with talent, writers, and producers throughout the creative process
- Strong understanding of WWE's audience (demographic and psychographic) a plus
- Must live in Stamford, CT area or be willing to relocate there
- Knowledge of WWE shows, talent, and storylines
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment
- Flexible travel schedule (extensive travel required)

They are looking for a well established professionnal with 5 years of experience in network television and only focused on TV. This kind of people aren't new in the field and thus are "formated" and blocked by their jobs and job culture and often too late and no more plugged into the realities of pop culture and trends. Worse they should come from drama and comedy fields which are totally blocked in stereotyped and repetitive storylines. They ask for people who are only focused on TV totally ignoring knowledge of internet and new medias or mass campaigning. It's strange they don't look for marketing, internet medias specialists or even military psyops. They are also no comics guys or movie writers or experienced writers. I have also nothing against universities and what they give you. But they tend to give only knowledge not skills or autonomous and innovative spirit.

If i were I would ask anybody with passion and love of pro-wrestling and ask them for an essay about their faults and failures. Then they should give them "carte blanche" and never use group thinking and too much brainstorming.

In case you wish to know I only have a political science bachelor degree myself (and experienced in what you call psyops in USA and I had to create meta-new-media advertising and destabilisation campaign).

- And why don't they simply recruit from forums like ours with surely have pearls here, look at Be the Booker thread ?
- If I am able to imagine and put in practice such a meta-new-media advertising campaign (cf. other thread), shouldn't they hire somebody like me ? (joking )
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Interesting read. The creative side of the WWE does have it's problems, but they are clever with marketing that's for sure.

I'll be honest though I'm way too unintelligent to even attempt to take this in haha but yes you do make some very good points.
 

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Their marketing and production teams are very, very good. Their writing is pretty shitty for the most part (and I don't say that as a hater. For the most part I still enjoy the product. There are just so many head-scratching moves made in some angles that it's hard to look past). I know they want good TV writers, and that's understandable. RAW and Smackdown are TV shows after all. But they have to be mindful that they don't disregard practical booking decisions and unfortunately they seem to do that a lot.
 

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I think its just a lack of communication, rampant politics, heavy working schedule that plague the WWE.

Its evident in the product. Pushes and de pushes, counter each other. Story lines clashing with other story lines. It feels like multiple people are trying take charge of the WWE and failing.
 

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I find it interesting that:

Strong understanding of WWE's audience (demographic and psychographic) a plus

is a Plus, not a Requirement..
 

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I find it interesting that:

Strong understanding of WWE's audience (demographic and psychographic) a plus

is a Plus, not a Requirement..
Yeah, because if a guy has experience at writing and a degree. Then who cares if he knows the company/the product/its stars or the audience.

Im telling ya. Hornswoggle to break Undertaker's streak.

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Yeah, because if a guy has experience at writing and a degree. Then who cares if he knows the company/the product/its stars or the audience.

Im telling ya. Hornswoggle to break Undertaker's streak.

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He's clearly the only one over enough to do it. Besides...and this phrase is magic to WWE writers..."No one will see it coming"
 

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- BA/BS in Film, TV, Drama, Media Studies, Communications or equivalent
It is education, the point of 'equivalent' pretty much says that this is only academic and that any practicable degree will suffice, so long as the other categories align.

- Minimum of three to five years writing and production experience in network television
Indicating that WWE's screening process is extremely mild, and recruiters themselves have minimal work. Experience in writing is definitely necessary, but everybody starts somewhere. Why can't that somewhere be the WWE? I spot negligence.

- Professional TV staff experience in drama and comedy a plus
A plus, fair enough.

- Experience in all aspects of live TV production a plus
Read above.

- Highly creative (a prolific idea generator)
Yes, gauge it. This might sound systemic, but instead of hiring one or two and firing them so as to hire others. Why not hire everyone that's eligible and cut out what's unwanted? Maybe they're afraid that the fired writers will come back with the Nexus. :/

- Plugged into pop culture and trends
Debatable quota b/c of reasons listed before and afterward.

- Able to work closely and effectively with talent, writers, and producers throughout the creative process
Again, a systemic hiring, releasing process will allow the cream of the crop to rise up organically, kind of like how the wrestlers themselves perform in front of a crowd.

- Strong understanding of WWE's audience (demographic and psychographic) a plus
A plus. A plus?

- Must live in Stamford, CT area or be willing to relocate there
Fair enough on the second bit.

- Knowledge of WWE shows, talent, and storylines
Should this not be primary?

- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment
Opinion conveyed already.

- Flexible travel schedule (extensive travel required)
The job demands it. Safe to say that it isn't ideal how they recruit writers.
 

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- Professional TV staff experience in drama and comedy a plus
I don't know if Johnny Ace hires the writers or somebody else, but somebody in Human Resources is doing a terrible job because the only highly regarded comedy segments I can think of from last year was Santino's Tea party and Batista interrupting Maria in a Pink polo shirt (I'm gonna be generous and count the 2009 slammies with 2010). Every other funny bit was either botchamania/wrestlecrap worthy, were fan reactions, or could have been improvised by the wrestlers.
 
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