Meet 9 top recruiters in media to know right now

Meet 9 top recruiters in media to know right now

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Layoffs have spread across the media landscape in 2020, as consolidation cut the number of positions available and the pandemic forced struggling companies to slash staffers.

Headhunters say media companies are starting to hire again as productions resume and businesses work to get back on track.

Here's Business Insider's first list of nine top recruiters in the media industry.

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When the coronavirus pandemic ground to a halt productions, advertising spending, theatrical distribution, and other pillars of the media and entertainment industries, layoffs spread.Established media companies like Disney furloughed thousands and already-ailing digital-media darlings like Quartz, BuzzFeed, and Vice slashed staff.The layoffs hit as media giants like WarnerMedia were planning massive restructurings, prompted by industry consolidation, that cut hundreds of jobs, while also creating openings in digital, data, and equity and inclusion roles.All the while, the racial-justice movement led media companies from CondA© Nast to Refinery29 to shake up their leadership.Recruiters say their media clients, from early-stage startups to large multinational conglomerates, are starting to hire again, even amid the economic uncertainty.But many are also looking outside of media, to industries like technology, fintech, or consumer-facing brands for fresh talent. Media talent, meanwhile, are trying to reinvent themselves to land gigs at tech companies and brands that are creating content in-house.Business Insider identified nine leading headhunters in media, considering factors like clients, experience, and scope of work. They range from sole proprietors to international search firms. Each had their own view on the market, but most agreed that the best-positioned talent in media can adapt to abrupt and frequent change."Success in the media and entertainment industry is really about change, and about being able to pivot to where the marketplace is going," Bill Simon at Korn Ferry said, citing the current need to juggle consumer engagement, with big data, and diversity and inclusion. "This change, by the way, is not going to stop. We're in a world now of continuous change."Here are the nine media and entertainment recruiters to know right now, in alphabetical order by last name, and some of the trends they have noticed.

Jennifer DeCastro, True Search

Meet 9 top recruiters in media to know right now

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