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Executive Director - Development (Freeform)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 524246BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Media Networks Brand Disney ABC Television Group Date posted 02/02/2018
The Freeform Original Programming & Development team is seeking a qualified candidate for an Executive Director, Development role. This individual will be a senior member of the creative team and help the network build its new brand through the development of innovative scripted series.


  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the SVP of Programming & Development to grow unique, compelling, and Freeform brand-appropriate content
  • Oversee the development and current production of scripted series
  • Track, solicit, evaluate, procure, develop and oversee the production of scripted programming from pitch to pilot
  • Develop and maintain relationships with talent (writers, producers, directors, actors, authors, filmmakers, playwrights), identifying the creators and show runners of tomorrow and actively pursuing business with them
  • Field pitches from outside producers
  • Interface with production executives on pilot production issues
  • Partner with the Scheduling department on series launches, stunts and general programming needs
  • Collaborate with other Freeform departments on various issues (Business Affairs, S&P, PR, Marketing, Digital Media, etc.)
  • Spearhead problem solving and crisis management resolution with studio partners and outside producers on all production and programming issues
  • Manage special projects and assignments as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience developing and/or producing scripted series
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scripted production process
  • Strong existing relationships with production companies, agents, producers, etc.
  • Demonstrated creative and development skills
  • Self-motivated to develop new ideas
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of management
  • Ability to multitask and manage complex projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of the Freeform demographic
  • Experience at a studio or large production company selling projects to TV networks

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

Additional Information

Equal Opportunity Employer Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
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