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Jon Eskenas - Television Producer
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Jon Eskenas

What do you do:
TV Producer, Sr. VP of Development

Where do you work:
Orly Adelson Productions, Los Angeles, California

When did you realize your interest in TV:
It wasn’t that I tried or didn’t try to get into television. I just came out here looking for any kind of job. And the first job that I had happened to be in television.

Why TV producing:
As opposed to features it has a faster pace in that if your projects get made they get made much quicker. Feature films might take six, seven years to get made. With a television series it’s on within a year…The other thing I like about it is that you get to do all different sorts of genres. Sometimes with features you get stuck with this is a comedy guy, this is the action guy, this is the serious guy. In TV we’re doing a sports movie, a kid’s movie, a Lifetime movie, a true crime movie. That more than anything is what I like, being able to do all different types of stories.

How would you advise others:
Whatever your first paying job is never turn it down…Your first job in TV or film is going to be a low paying job with long, long, long hours but you have to take it. We got literally seven hundred resumes for this one position we had. That’s the competition you are up against. Whatever you get you have to take it and just work harder than anybody else and then you’ll be successful. I think this industry is no different than anything else if you work hard you are successful.