Jillian Malone is a multimedia journalist and entertainment marketer based out of New York City. She currently works in Project Management at Nickelodeon, leading management of social creative for major properties such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, and Drake & Josh. Her background centers on broadcasting, entertainment news, social media, and writing.
In 2018, Jillian graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism coupled with a Global Business Certificate and Concentration in Radio-Television-Film.
She served as the executive producer of Sneak Peek, an entertainment news show. Sneak Peek is the longest-running student-produced television show in the world and airs on Texas Student Television, the only FCC-licensed student-run station in the country. From movie reviews to red carpet interviews, Sneak Peek covers everything in the world of entertainment with a special focus in the Austin area. As executive producer, Jillian facilitated weekly meetings, wrote scripts, managed social media accounts, operated cameras and teleprompters, produced live episodes, floor directed, and constructed video packages. She also served as a host, movie critic, and red carpet correspondent covering events such as South by Southwest Film (SXSW), Austin Film Festival, ATX Television Festival, and Fantastic Fest. She has conducted interviews with actors amongst the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim Burton, Kaley Cuoco, Ethan Hawke, Anna Camp, Elden Henson, Denis Leary, Cody Horn, Richard Jenkins, Thomas Mann, Patrick Wilson, and Rachael Leigh Cook.
Jillian is a former booking and production assistant for Young Hollywood, the leading producer and distributor of digital content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences. She produced content with major names such as Fergie, Kristen Bell, Cami Mendes, Ludacris, and 50 Cent. She was also a reporting intern for Spectrum News (formerly Time Warner Cable News) and worked tirelessly to provide local, community-driven news for the Austin and San Antonio areas. Jillian covered a broad range of topics for the 24 hour cable news channel including politics, education, lifestyle, and entertainment.
She served as a contributing editor and writer for The Odyssey, a social content platform that crowdsources the ideas of Millennial thought leaders embedded in their local communities. She helped facilitate a rigorous editorial process and enabled local writers to tell their stories on a national scale, while also producing her own content and engaging in local, national, and global discussion. She currently produces content for the Lala, an online magazine with a 26,000+ audience dedicated to empowering college students from across the globe.
Jillian gained extensive experience in social media as editor for The Social News Network, a national social media-driven publication built by college students for college students. She focused on aggregating and producing unique entertainment content for the publication on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, and Pinterest all while consistently meeting strict deadlines and increasing community engagement.
Jillian was selected by the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication to join Dr. Kris Wilson, an award-winning news director, executive producer, anchor, reporter, and weather anchor, in May 2016 on a research program in Queensland, Australia to study the effects of three distinct, changing ecosystems: a tropical rainforest, an inland desert in the Outback and the most extensive coral reef on Earth. The program operated as an intensive reporting and writing seminar with the goal of producing content across all media platforms for publication on the program website. Armed with digital cameras, audio recorders, computers and notepads in the company of scientific experts and field guides facilitated one-of-a-kind storytelling. Jillian focused her research on the coral bleaching of Australia's Lady Elliot Island.
In her free time, Jillian continues to develop her profound knowledge of all things Friends and Taylor Swift. She overuses the word "y'all" and has made it her mission to teach New York about all things BBQ, Tex-Mex, and Southern. You can most likely find her dressed in something sparkly showing her friends and family her new favorite Jimmy Kimmel video.