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VP, Drama Development – ABC

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 915300BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business ABC Entertainment Date posted Jan. 09, 2022

Job Summary:

ABC Entertainment is seeking a qualified candidate for a VP, Drama Development role. In this the role, the person will represent the Network and direct the development of new drama series and pilots. They will ensure that our shows are of the highest possible quality with the time and resources available.


  • Implement the creative strategy for drama series development as defined by senior leadership at the network.
  • Track, solicit, evaluate, procure, develop and oversee the production of scripted 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 talent (producers/production companies, writers, directors, etc.), identifying the creators and show runners of tomorrow and actively pursuing business with them.
  • Serve as point of contact with the creative community to identify and develop new projects.
  • Interface with the appropriate partners on all production and programming issues to include, but not limited to:
    • Ensuring that the network priorities are in-sync and addressed by the internal partner at the studio.
    • Identifying 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.
  • Manage relationship with Marketing and Promotions depts. to keep them informed about upcoming green lights and promising development.
  • Proactively manage the focus and the performance of assigned production pods.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Significant experience developing and/or producing commercially successful scripted drama series.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the creative process from concept through pilot production.
  • Strong existing relationships with production companies, agents, writers, directors, producers, etc.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated to develop new ideas and build new talent relationships.
  • Demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to develop and mentor junior members.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FX audience and values, as well as knowledge of content and current series.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management and be effective in a matrixed environment.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

About ABC Entertainment:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

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 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call ABC Entertainment.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. 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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