Director, Current Programming

Posted: 12/18/2019

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

Job Purpose:
The Director, Current Programming will report to and work with the EVP, Current Series and New Business Development, and will manage aspects of Current broadcast, cable and streaming series for Universal Television Studio.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Work in conjunction with the Drama and Comedy Development departments to transition shows that have been picked up from Development into Current series
  • Spearhead staffing efforts for Current team and serve as point Current exec for agencies during staffing season
  • Liaise with our network and streaming counterparts to ensure longevity of our Current shows by staying in step with our buyers’ objectives and finding appropriate creative solutions or compromises
  • Attend table reads, run-thrus and shoots, and work with show’s producers, studio production executive and network to solve creative and production-related issues
  • Provide notes on pitches, stories, outlines, scripts and cuts
  • Introduce new writers to the studio with the potential for future development
  • Work with Business Affairs to facilitate talent and production deals
  • Work with Production to ensure that agreed to concepts are fully realized in production
  • Build and maintain relationships with producers, directors, and production companies
  • Serve as liaison between production and other studio departments including consumer products, publicity, production, international, home entertainment, etc.
  • Work strategically with producers and network to continuously reinvigorate current series

  • Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Minimum 3 years in current or development capacity
    • Ability to cover both comedies and dramas
    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office and Google Suite
    • Minimum 6 years of experience in television and have experience in development and/or production

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online
    • Willingness to work overtime and on weekends with short notice
    • Ability to travel to location of our productions on a moment’s notice – domestic and international
    • 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:
    • Experience in scripted television development or current programming, ideally from either a production or a development stand-point – network, studio or pod
    • Team player who works well with others, exhibits flexibility, is a voracious reader, avid TV watcher, strategic thinker and articulate communicator
    • Forward-thinking, proactive problem solver who presents ideas and solutions, and has the ability and confidence to cover series on their own and work with individuals with widely varying personalities
    • Assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated self-starter with a passion for TV
    • Polished with good interpersonal skills, creative sensitivity and diplomacy
    • Innovative and entrepreneurial with ability to anticipate/be proactive
    • Strong relationships with agents, managers, writers, directors and producers
    • Relationships with broadcast, cable and streaming counterparts a plus
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and high energy environment

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