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VP - Network Comedy


ABC Entertainment seeks a qualified candidate for a VP- Network Comedy role. In this the role, the person will represent the Network and direct the development of new comedy series and pilots. They will ensure that our shows are of the highest possible quality with the time and resources available.

  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the Head of Network Comedy Development.
  • Provide specific feedback to production partners on creative at all stages of development – pitches, scripts, cuts, etc. to ensure the creative vision set out at development phase is carried through to production.
  • Track, solicit, evaluate, procure, develop and oversee the production of scripted programming from pitch to pilot, which involves but is not limited to:
    • Hearing pitches
    • Reading & giving notes on stories, outlines and scripts
    • Participating in hiring key cast and crew
    • Participating in key creative decisions regarding physical production
    • Visit 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 ABC Studios on all production and programming issues to include, but not limited to:
    • Ensuring that the network and studio priorities are in sync and being addressed by the internal partner at the Studio.
    • Helping to manage the overall deals and script deals with the Studio.
    • 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 Head 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

  • 12 or more years of 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, as well as knowledge of content and current series.
  • Excellent communication skills and management skills.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management and be effective in a matrixed environment.
  • Ability to develop and mentor junior members.
  • 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 QualificationsExperience developing comedy programming for non-linear platforms. Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Additional InformationEqual Opportunity Employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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