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Manager – Comedy Development, ABC Signature

Apply NowApply Later NOTE: We have a new application system, please create a new account if you have not done so yet when applying. Job ID 10002541 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Disney General Entertainment Content Date posted Jul. 25, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The ABC Signature Comedy Development team is seeking a qualified candidate for a Manager, Development role. The Manager of Development will serve as the junior executive on a number of assigned series in development. In the role, the Manager will assist the Signature development team on all aspects of series development including taking pitches, crafting and compiling notes on creative materials, coordinating visual development, and giving substantial feedback on other creative aspects of development to help Signature build its brand through the development of innovative content. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the SVP of Development to grow unique and compelling content
  • Oversee the development and production of scripted comedy series through delivery of pilot episode(s)
  • 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
  • Attend comedy clubs, showcases and events in order to keep up to date on up and coming talent
  • Provide creative feedback during the development process
  • Serving as a facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, coach, tie-breaker, etc. with talent
  • Support the staffing of show talent for pilot production
  • Ongoing participation in key casting decisions
  • Interfacing with Production and Business Affairs teams internally , as well as PR, S&P, marketing and others as necessary
  • Track, evaluate and solicit show concepts/pitches from the creative community to develop into brand appropriate comedy series.
  • Manage special projects and assignments as required

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3  years’ experience in development, on the studio or network side
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scripted production process
  • Knowledge of, and 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

  • Preference of 5 years of experience of progressive TV development

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in media, film or theatre or relevant professional experience

About Disney General Entertainment Content:

The Disney General Entertainment Content group creates original entertainment and news content for the Company’s streaming platforms and its cable and broadcast networks.

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 Touchstone Television Productions, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney General Entertainment Content.

Touchstone Television Productions, LLC 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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