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VP, Comedy Development

Apply Now Apply Later Current TFCF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10012173 Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business 20th Television Date posted Jun. 17, 2021

Job Summary:

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY

20th Television

Twentieth Television is one of the industry's most prolific suppliers of primetime television programming and entertainment content, including the No 1. Series on all of broadcast, NBC’s THIS IS US; Fox’s No. 1 drama, 9-1-1 and No. 1 comedy LAST MAN STANDING, ABC’s five-time Emmy Award-winner MODERN FAMILY, FX’s No. 1 series AMERICAN HORROR STORY; and the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television, THE SIMPSONS, in addition to dozens of others. The studio’s cable production division, Fox 21 Television Studios, is responsible for acclaimed and award-winning series including AMERICAN CRIME STORY, HOMELAND, THE AMERICANS, SONS OF ANARCHY, GENIUS and POSE. The studio’s content now reaches more than a billion people every day across the world; in as many as 180 countries, across six continents, in 30 different languages.

JOB DESCRIPTION

20th Television - VP, Comedy Development

Job Description

20th Television is seeking a Vice President, Comedy Development, to represent 20th Television and direct the development of new comedy series and pilots. This person will ensure that 20th’s shows are of the highest quality within allotted time and resources.

Responsibilities

  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the senior leadership team to cultivate unique, compelling, and brand appropriate scripted comedy series.
  • Provide specific feedback to production partners at all stages of development to ensure the creative vision set out at the development phase is carried through to production.
  • Track, solicit, evaluate, procure, develop and oversee the production of scripted programming from pitch to pilot, including but not limited to:
    • Hearing pitches
    • Reading and giving notes on stories, outlines and scripts
    • Participating in hiring key cast and crew
    • Participating in key creative decisions regarding physical production
    • Visiting 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, studios, agents, writers, directors, actors, 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 internal teams on all production and programming issues, including but not limited to:
    • Ensuring that the network and studio priorities are in sync and being addressed by the internal partner at the network.
    • Helping to manage the overall deals and script deals with the network.
    • Collaborating to identify talent we should keep, and talent we should utilize in the future.
  • Establish links to marketing and promotions and keep them informed about upcoming green lights and promising development.
  • Seek direct feedback from SVP of Comedy 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

  • Demonstrated overall work experience in media and entertainment.
  • Track record developing commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed comedy 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, and 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing comedy programming for non-linear platforms.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Location:  Century City, CA

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 20th Television:

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 20th Television, which is part of a business segment we call 20th Television.

20th Television 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 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.

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

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