Director, Scripted Programming

Posted: 6/8/2019

Location: Universal City, California
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

The Director, Scripted Programming, NBCU International TV Studios, will be responsible for scripted content development with an emphasis on managing current production series for the NBCU International TV Studios creative group.

  • Support the scripted development, current production and second window sales of the internal production companies at NBCU International TV Studios.
  • Ensure a consistent level of quality is achieved and maintained on all scripted creative fronts. Serve as a creative custodian/trouble-shooter/problem-solver on both current series and production, providing creative feedback and guidance, as needed.
  • Support the sale of International Studios produced shows from across the word into second window venues on the US Networks and SVOD platforms.
  • Leverage existing relationships at broadcast and cable networks, their parent companies, and emerging digital distribution platforms to help drive the pitch and program sales process.
  • Foster a culture of creative risk-taking and fiscal responsibility.
  • Maintain strong relationships with all internal stakeholders, as well as agency heads and high-level talent, to cement NBCU International TV Production as a desired destination for suppliers and talent.

  • Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum eight (7) years’ experience in television production and development with a proven track record of producing, developing, and selling scripted series.

    Additional Job Requirements
  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through to be considered.
  • Must be willing to work in Universal City, California.

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Previous international experience preferred.
  • Current programming and/or hands-on producing experience is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain extensive and productive relationships with cable network buyers, creative talent, production companies, and the agency community.
  • Start-up experience and/or the proven ability to actively grow a business is highly preferred.
  • Proven understanding of the entertainment production process, including production costs, timelines, and production cycles.
  • Ability to work effectively with peers, colleagues, and superiors, with a special emphasis on communicating creative goals and the value of intellectual properties to various constituents.
  • Proven success in wooing and managing talent.
  • Proven success in program sales.
  • Candidate must be willing to travel as needed.

    NBCUniversal International Studios is headed by Jeff Wachtel, President, with headquarters in London. The division’s mandate is to identify and collaborate with cutting edge creative talent around the world to produce high-quality scripted and unscripted drama, comedy, entertainment and factual entertainment programmes.

    International Studios has significantly expanded its stable of production companies via acquisition and strategic partnerships and now works with a range of leading and award-winning producers and production companies to develop programmes that appeal to a local and global audience.

    International Studios’ in-house production labels include Carnival, creators of the Netflix original drama The Last Kingdom for BBC2 and the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama sensation Downton Abbey, which has become one of the UK’s biggest TV exports of all time; and Monkey Kingdom, which specialises in entertainment programmes and produces the hit UK reality series, Made in Chelsea. International Studios also operate a joint TV production venture with Working Title Television, led by producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Working Title Television produced the new Amazon drama series, Hanna, and the upcoming Netflix drama, Tales of the City. International Studios also operate a co-studio deal with David Heyman’s Heyday Television. Current Heyday productions include drama The Long Song (BBC) and upcoming drama series, The Capture (BBC), The InBetween (NBC), and Clickbait (Netflix). Working Title and Heyday Television produce comedy and drama for both UK and US broadcasters.

    Outside the UK, NBCUniversal International owns Australia-based Matchbox Pictures, producers of the critically-acclaimed drama series The Slap, as well as Netflix originals, Glitch, Secret City, and Wanted. International Studios also co-owns LARK Productions in Canada, who produced the long-running procedural Motive and Real Housewives of Vancouver.

    International Studios also operate NBCUniversal Formats – a prolific global format sales division which represents the international rights to a broad slate of programming, including reality, lifestyle, entertainment and scripted shows produced by NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Style, Syfy, G4, Carnival, LARK, Matchbox, Monkey Kingdom and WTTV.

    NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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