'Hello, my name is José Skaf.'

For José Skaf, movies are more than entertainment. They’re magic. They’re moving forms of art that can not only elicit tears and smiles, but also inspire people to visualize surreal worlds that help them better appreciate their own.

In this edition of “Hello, My Name Is…” Turner interviewed the sr. manager of Original Content Production for TCM & TNT to learn more about what he does for Turner in Spain and the creative work he produces in his spare time.

What’s your name and title?
José Skaf – sr. manager Original Content Production, TCM & TNT.

How long have you have been with Turner?
For about 10 years.

What’s the most interesting part of your job?
Working with films. I love movies and series and what I experience watching them. I´ve had some of the most wonderful feelings watching movies, so to think that we are making channels that could make people feel the same way is pretty great.

I feel really proud to work for the company that made “Adventure Time.”

Because of what I do, Turner…
…. reminds audiences of the impact films have in our lives. We also pay tribute to this amazing artform and its incredible history. I like to think we play a small but important part in keeping that history alive.

What does innovation mean to you, and how do you incorporate it into your role?
To me innovation comes from being bold and daring – whether it’s acquiring a strange, unknown film, creating a special programming stunt on a not-so-popular subject or producing a fiction series on a topic no one else is willing to address. To me, it´s all about that “leap of faith.”

What is the most memorable moment you’ve had working at Turner?
After 10 years, I’ve had plenty of great moments at Turner. It´s usually the small things that stick with me. For example, witnessing a theatre packed with young people at the first TCM Spain Films Festival. Seeing them watch “Apocalypse Now” for the first time, on a big screen, was overwhelming. Also, things as simple as walking into the office and seeing a film like “Take Shelter” or “No Country for Old Men” on TCM kind of make my day.

Which Turner colleague has been your greatest mentor or had the biggest influence on your career?
I´ve been given a lot of great opportunities in this company, and I´ve learnt a lot from the people around me all these years. From former and present heads or managers to collogues who’ve become really close friends, everyone has made a difference and, in a way, mentored me. 

You can probably spend a lifetime learning about the craft of making movies.

What is your favorite Turner show and why? 
I´d have to say, “Adventure Time.” I think it´s bold and brave. It opened a completely new world for kids (and adults!) and challenged them to play along, use their imagination and think outside the box. My kids are two years old now (too young to understand “Adventure Time”), but I really hope they grow up to like shows like this one – shows that invite them to appreciate the strange and wacky side of life. I feel really proud to work for the company that made “Adventure Time.”  

Tell us about something interesting you do in your free time.
I spend some of my free time writing and developing fiction projects to direct. I directed my first feature a few years ago and found the experience amazingly rewarding. I love the entire process: turning a basic idea into a script, seeing it come alive with the actors, going out to shoot it and witnessing it´s birth in the editorial room. It´s kind of a magical process with endless possibilities. That´s why I also spend a lot of my free time trying to learn about it. You can probably spend a lifetime learning about the craft of making movies.

What is the best thing about working at Turner?
As cliché as it sounds, for me it´s all about the people. Over the past 10 years, I´ve been around people who care about their jobs, and feel lucky to work at Turner. They don’t take things for granted, and that´s not a very common thing. People who are willing to go that extra mile to make something perfect. That is a very contagious feeling. I think that working with something we all love so much (movies, series and stories in general) has helped a lot.