NBC Universal VP, Drama Development in Universal City, California

Job Number 36069BR

Job Title VP, Drama Development

Business Segment NBC Entertainment

Sub-Business NBC Ent Universal TV Studios Programming

Posting Category TV Content & Production

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Career Level Experienced

Country United States

State/Province California

City Universal City


Job Purpose:

The VP, Drama Development will report to and work with the EVP of Drama Programming to develop new broadcast, cable and streaming series for the Studio.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Field pitches, identify trends, and help establish the strategic development goals for the Drama department

  • Develop new and current programming, including identifying and securing new talent for projects in development

  • Build and maintain relationships with production and/or co-production partners

  • Identify new business opportunities, pursuing potential deals where appropriate

  • Provide notes on cuts and scripts

  • Oversee the development of internal formats, from initial idea through to creation of episodic bible

  • Find and pitch new material to senior management

  • Provide notes on story, outline and script for projects in development

  • Introduce new writers to the studio with the potential for future development

  • Assist the development team in identifying concepts and talent

  • Work with Business Affairs to close talent and production deals

  • Work with Production to ensure that agreed to concepts are fully realized in production

  • Spearhead internal concepting for shows that will expand the brand

  • Supervise the production of multiple series

  • Attend shoots, and work with the Executive Producers and the director of finance/ production to solve budget issues

  • Work with the Programming department to ensure that agreed to concepts are fully realized in production

  • Attend and act as a creative executive on run-throughs and tapings

  • Build and maintain relationships with producers, directors, and production companies

  • Serve as liaison between production and other network departments including publicity, marketing, finance, etc.

  • Work strategically with producers and network to continuously reinvigorate current series


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in television and have experience in development and production

  • Minimum 3 years in production or development capacity

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OfficeEligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered

  • Willingness to work overtime and on weekends with short notice

  • Must be willing to work in Universal City, CA

  • Must have work authorization to work in the United States

  • Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Desired Characteristics

Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience in programming for the Network Television market with hands-on experience, ideally from both a production and a development stand-point

  • Proven skills in program scheduling and knowledge of network operations, cable and streaming buyers

  • Exhibit flexibility, excellent communication skills and relationship building ability

  • Assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated self-starter

  • Polished with good interpersonal skills

  • Creative and passionate

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial

  • A self-starter, who is assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated

  • Experience in television development

  • Strong relationships with Agents, Managers, writers and producers

  • Strong communication skills and relationship building ability

  • Ideal candidate is polished with good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative, and high energy environment

  • Team Player who works well with others

  • Knowledge of basic web technology

  • Internal experience in either generating and taking pitches for a production company OR taking pitches for a network or cable network

  • Strong relationships with the agent and production community

  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills

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