Director, Original Programming

Ref#: 37163
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: West Hollywood, CA, US


This position works on projects through all phases of original programming including pitch, script development, pilot production to series production. Throughout this process, the individual serves as the department's contact for programming and other internal departments to help insure maximum coordination and impact for the network. The person in this position will also act as a liaison between Showtime and the creative community, initiating and growing relationships that continue to elevate the profile of the network and its programming.

Principal responsibilities:

Main contact (or “second chair”) for the life of a project at Showtime, continually balancing the interests of the network with the interest of the project’s creative team to build something that adds to the prestige of both. During the development phase this may mean giving story and script notes and conveying them efficiently to producers.

  • If the script is ordered into pilot production: involvement in selecting a director, casting, and choosing other key creative personnel. Then attending the table read, watch and comment on dailies, visit the set, and share notes on the cuts.
  • If the pilot becomese a series: working with producers to assemble a writing staff, production schedule and assign directors. Give notes on season arcs, episodic stories, scripts and cuts. Coordinating with creative services, PR, marketing and talent relations about the most effective way to platform it.

In addition, as point person on a project, this individual is responsible for communicating progress to senior management, finding creative solutions for any number of situations that may arise and facilitating cooperation between internal departments.

Attend plays Meet with producers, agents, writers, directors and other professionals in the film/television community to find new material to develop at Showtime and to stay aware of trends and innovations in the marketplace.

Read submitted scripts, treatments, etc... in order to help assess their viability as Showtime projects.

, readings, screenings, film festivals, etc. to continue to stay knowledgeable on emerging and established talent.

Miscellaneous responsibilities include research projects, contributing to internal tracking and development reports and representing programming in special interdepartmental projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years' of experience within the entertainment industry is required. Particularly in the areas of development or production.
  • In depth knowledge of the entertainment business.
  • Knowledge of story frameworks, script noting and ability to work with film. 
  • Strong writing skills including a demonstrated ability to write coverage.
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people both internally and within the community.

About Us:

SHOWTIME continues to make its mark across the cultural landscape with one of the most successful programming lineups in television. The SHOWTIME programming slate features original series including Emmy® nominated limited series ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, BILLIONS, HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, THE CHI, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, KIDDING, BLACK MONDAY, THE LOUDEST VOICE, CITY ON A HILL, THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, BACK TO LIFE, WORK IN PROGRESS and ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. The network’s eclectic, brand-defining programming is further distinguished by the captivating offerings of SHOWTIME Documentary Films, including docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Emmy-nominated WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN and THE FOURTH ESTATE and documentary films THE KINGMAKER and READY FOR WAR. SHOWTIME Sports continues to dominate with its flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and the Emmy Award-winning series INSIDE THE NFL. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV. The network’s authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers. Subscribers can also watch on their computers at and

EEO Statement:

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

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