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Director, Acquisitions

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 882839BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Searchlight Pictures Date posted Nov. 16, 2021

Job Summary:

Searchlight Pictures is a global specialty film company that develops, produces, finances and acquires motion pictures for both worldwide theatrical and streaming releases. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and is part of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company’s titles have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, amassing 28 Golden Globe Awards, 49 BAFTA awards, and 43 Academy Awards including five Best Picture winners since 2009: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, The Shape of Water, and Nomadland. Upcoming feature releases include Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s award-winning Summer Of Soul, David Bruckner’s The Night House, Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Scott Cooper’s Antlers, Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins. The company includes Searchlight Television, which develops and produces series for streaming, network, and cable partners.

Working within the Searchlight organizational structure and reporting to the SVP, Acquisitions & Productions, this role will source and assist in the day-to-day management of feature film projects in acquisitions for theatrical and streaming releases.

*candidates without current and/or prior experience in film acquisitions will not be considered*


  • Support senior management in the sourcing and management of the company’s slate of feature films by tracking and securing projects, with an emphasis on completed films.
  • In a complementary manner to senior management and the SVP, Acquisitions & Productions, attend and cover film festivals and markets and oversee all logistics of company attendees with objective towards securing available films through pre-buy packages, footage screenings, and finished films.
  • Be across all available films in the independent marketplace through extensive project tracking, market awareness and intelligence, relationships with filmmakers, agents, and financiers. Other duties include: managing competitive sales and talent lists, issuing festival/market priority/wrap analyses, creative notes, production updates. In the absence of a senior executive, be able to represent the studio’s interests appropriately.
  • As the junior exec for acquisitions titles, help facilitate project needs internally and externally .
  • Work with senior management on special projects, competitive market reports, and internal tracking lists with the objective of identifying unique filmmaking voices and materials from a variety of sources.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3-5+ years of deal making experience in acquiring films for a streaming platform or a mini/major studio.
  • Minimum of 7 years of overall experience, with a proven track record in the film industry.
  • Strong and established working relationships across the industry with agents, sales agents and talent including screenwriters, producers and directors.
  • Experience in development and production a plus.
  • In depth knowledge of the film industry and the broader marketplace a must.
  • Appetite and ability to read and watch a large volume of creative content in order to source material and become acquainted with talent and competitive activity.
  • In addition to a strong creative vocabulary and fluent knowledge of story structure, demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with an inclusive and collaborative style to successfully work with cross functional teams.
  • Ability to work towards an agreed goal, taking ownership from start to finish.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Demonstrates flexibility coupled with the ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines within a matrix organization.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team. This role does not have direct reports.

About Searchlight Pictures:

Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Studios.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Walt Disney Company Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Searchlight Pictures.

The Walt Disney Company Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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