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Director, Development - National Geographic Channel

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Director, Development – National Geographic Channel

Walt Disney Television

Los Angeles, CA 90064

The Director will develop new entertainment-based, on-brand tv series and specials for the National Geographic Channel and its various platforms. Under the guidance of management, he/she will direct all matters related to a project’s development, including working closely with production management, legal and business affairs, finance, international regions, communications, marketing, online, ad sales, and other various National Geographic Partners’ and Society departments. The Director of Development may also take pitches from outside agencies and production companies to curate and create new entertainment programming.There is daily oversight from the manager, but ideal candidates will possess superior self-motivation and problem-solving skills. Open to someone working in LA, NYC, or D.C.

Job description:

  • Conceives, creates, researches, develops, evaluates and recommends entertainment-based, character-driven, non-fiction programming that will increase ratings performance, build awareness and support and expand the National Geographic brand. This role is the lifeblood of our internal development engine.
  • Leads effort to build a more creatively effective environment for entire development team. Examples: Conducts group brainstorm meetings that generate new show and talent ideas, introduces team to new innovations in storytelling, tracks industry news, etc.
  • Works with agents, talent executives and production companies to cast host and expert talent for numerous series, specials and stunts.
  • Participates in conventions and on panels at events such as: MIPCOM, MIPTV, RealScreen, NATPE and Science Congress. Serves as key creative “voice” to the outside production community while looking for breakout ideas, and up and coming talent. 
  • Develops ideas for new series, specials and stunts
  • Pitches new ideas to Senior Executive team for greenlight
  • Screens and casts talent for shows in development


  • B.A. or B.S. 
  • Minimum of 5 years specific experience working in program development or production for a network or production company.
  • Extensive knowledge of NY and LA agency community and production companies. 
  • Experience with all genres of unscripted programming preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of studio, multi-camera remote and single camera field production and post production is essential.
  • Broad knowledge and awareness of trends in both linear and streaming content platforms expected.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required. This includes experience in and ability to research ideas, write compelling treatments, and manage the creation of dynamic sizzle reels and casting tapes.
  • Must also be able to effectively give and take pitches. It is critical to possess strong presentation skills and be comfortable pitching ideas to senior team.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, leadership skills, and strong analytical skills. Ability to analyze ratings and other research data to better understand our own programming and the competitive landscape.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Explorer are needed. Knowledgeable on Final Cut Pro. 
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and maintaining effective business relationships is necessary. Good organizational skills and attention to detail are required.
  • The ability to multitask and work effectively under changing priorities and daily time constraints is required.
  • Must be able to work simultaneously on multiple projects. Must be able to work under high pressure and under tight deadlines.
  • Must be a prolific consumer of unscripted content, both on linear and streaming platforms.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About National Geographic:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

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 National Geographic Partners, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call National Geographic.

National Geographic Partners, 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.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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