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VP, Drama Development, ABC Signature

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 772336BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Jan. 29, 2021

Job Summary:

ABC Signature seeks a qualified candidate for a VP, Drama Development role. In this the role, the person will represent the studio’s creative interests and direct the development of drama series and pilots. They will ensure that our shows are at the highest possible quality with the time and resources available.


  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the senior leadership team to cultivate unique, compelling and brand appropriate scripted drama series.
  • Provide specific feedback to production partners on creative at all stages of development to ensure the creative vision set out at development phase is carried through to production.
  • Track, solicit, evaluate, procure, develop and oversee the production of scripted drama programming from pitch to pilot, which involves but is not limited to:
    • Hearing pitches.
    • Reading & giving notes on stories, outlines and scripts.
    • Participating in hiring key cast and crew.
    • Participating in key creative decisions regarding physical production.
    • Visit sets for pilot shoots when needed to protect network interests.
    • Watching cuts and giving notes.
    • Staffing writers for series.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with established talent (producers/production companies, studios, agencies, writers, directors, actors,), and identify the creators/show runners of tomorrow and actively pursue business with them.
  • Cultivate relationships with creative talent from diverse and/or under-represented communities and develop stories and series that showcase inclusive points of view.
  • Interface with ABC Network on all production and programming issues to include, but not limited to:
    • Ensuring that Network and ABC Signature priorities are in sync and being addressed by the internal partner at the Network.
    • Collaborate to identify talent we should keep, and talent we should utilize in the future.
  • Collaborate with other departments and department heads as appropriate, including Business Affairs, Legal, Program Planning & Scheduling, etc.
  • Establish links to Marketing and Promotions and keep them informed about upcoming green lights and promising development.
  • Seek direct feedback from SVP, Drama Development on work related priorities.
  • Proactively manage the focus and the performance of assigned production pods.
  • Proactively manage the performance of respective administrative assistants.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7 or more years of overall work experience in media and entertainment.
  • A track record developing commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed drama series.
  • Strong working knowledge of the business and creative aspects of development.
  • Demonstrable writing skills and excellent knowledge of script and story structure.
  • Strong relationships within the creative community – executives, agents, writers, producers, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ABC audience and values, as well as knowledge of content and current series.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of management.
  • Ability to develop and mentor junior members of the team.
  • A passionate commitment to quality entertainment.
  • Available to go on location for projects that shoot outside of Los Angeles.
  • A self-starter, who is assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative, and high energy environment.
  • A team player who works well with others.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

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 segment we call Walt Disney Television.

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, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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