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VP, Development

Apply Now Apply Later Current TFCF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10011952 Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business Searchlight Pictures Date posted Jun. 03, 2021

Job Summary:


Searchlight Pictures

We are a collection of enduring brands and iconic, unforgettable characters. We create content for audiences big and small, reaching billions of people every day. Most of all, we are many individuals, each uniquely talented, each a critical piece to our puzzle, who collectively become a power. Desire to thrill and engage? Join us as we engage and inspire.


Searchlight Pictures is seeking a VP, Development, to become a key contributor to the Searchlight Television development team.  Reporting to the SVP, Development & Production, the Vice President, Development, will identify and develop ideas and concepts for live-action content, as well as supervise production of current Searchlight projects by coordinating with producers, talent, and other Disney divisions and outside networks.


  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by senior leadership to grow unique, compelling, and brand-appropriate scripted series content.
  • Self-generate, solicit, evaluate and develop ideas/concepts into fully formed scripted series that align with Searchlight Pictures’ vision.
  • From a creative standpoint, oversee production of pilots and then manage current programming responsibilities of ongoing series to ensure the integrity of the creative vision.
  • Give creative guidance and feedback to top level show runners on outlines, scripts, and cuts.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with talent (writers, producers, directors, actors, authors, filmmakers, etc.), identifying the creators of tomorrow and actively pursue business with them.
  • Provide ongoing guidance on key casting decisions.
  • Lead and mentor junior team members.
  • Spearhead problem solving with studio partners and producers.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Strategic and creative minded executive with a track record developing commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed original scripted series.
  • Significant experience in a Creative Executive capacity or related role within a studio, production company or network.
  • Deep understanding of the television development and production processes.
  • Understanding of the global and multicultural audience and how to adapt content to appeal to a wide audience.
  • Strong relationships with agents, managers, writers and producers.
  • Proven experience providing deep, concise and constructive notes, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface effectively with varied levels of management, talent and staff.
  • A self-starter, who is assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated.
  • Ability to multitask and manage complex projects.
  • Creative, passionate, innovative and entrepreneurial.
  • A team player who values collaboration and the success of the larger group.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

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 Searchlight Pictures:

Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Studios.

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 Searchlight Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call Searchlight Pictures.

Searchlight Pictures 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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