VP, Programming

Ref#: 37576
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: West Hollywood, CA, US


The VP, Programming will be responsible for the development and production oversight of premium scripted series, including drama, comedy, and limited series. This position creatively leads oversees all aspects of all development steps including but not limited to the pre-production, production, and post-production as well as serving as the network liaison for projects through delivery and release.

Job Responsibilities

  • Seeks out and meets with top creators and storytellers. Represents the network within the creative community to define the creative needs of the network.

  • Foster relationships with high level agents, producers, and talent.

  • Bring in potential projects for development or acquisitions through pitches or submissions from outside companies.

  • Tracks competitive projects, industry trends + deals, and maintains awareness of the ever-evolving TV marketplace and distributors.

  • Identify and cultivate new and existing talent platforms and outlets, including emerging creators.

  • Evaluates pitches and creative materials and provides feedback to supervisor regarding the content and creative appropriateness for network.

  • Analyze new program pitches to determine viability of concept, production concerns/challenges, cost of production and creative direction with an understanding of the network’s brand and audience.

  • Provides clear and productive notes that serve to strengthen the project as a potential show for the network.

  • Ensures that productions are on schedule and within the approved budget.

  • Works on set to supervise production, providing feedback and notes as needed.

  • Responsible for staffing of writing and directing talent for scripted pilots and current series.

  • Effectively collaborates across several departments including Production, Legal, Business Affairs, Distribution, PR, Marketing, and Finance to ensure all projects meet creative expectations.

  • Collaborates with EVP of Scripted Programming to execute overall scripted programming strategy.

  • Communicate and help resolve conflicts diplomatically.

  • Review and track television ratings for measurement of program performance, publicity, and market trends.

  • Facilitate necessary approvals, materials, and information across various departments managing and communicating the flow of information, materials, dates, schedules etc. to EVP and greater team.

  • Reviews all rough and final cuts of shows for broadcast standards for air quality.

  • Reviews and approves promos and press releases.

  • Manages talent and other job-related duties or projects as assigned.

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree or equivalent related work experience.
  • Minimum 8+ years of relevant experience in scripted programming at a network, studio, or production company.
  • Excellent communication, strategic, presentation, creative and storytelling skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects under time constraints.
  • Strong leadership skills with solid operational and financial acumen.
  • Proven track record of production operations, i.e. budgets, etc.
  • Strong PC skills with Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize work in order to meet deadlines.
About Us:

SHOWTIME continues to make its mark across the cultural landscape with one of the most successful programming lineups in television – featuring critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME has an unparalleled roster of hit original content, including some of the top scripted series in cable: SHAMELESS and BILLIONS. The network is the home to rich, bold and inventive storytelling in series like THE CHI, THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, CITY ON A HILL, WORK IN PROGRESS, BACK TO LIFE and BLACK MONDAY, along with limited series THE GOOD LORD BIRD, YOUR HONOR and THE COMEY RULE. Unscripted programming includes the brand’s first ever late-night talk show, DESUS & MERO. Recent lauded docu-series and documentary films include COUPLES THERAPY, LOVE FRAUD, OUTCRY, THE REAGANS,  KINGDOM OF SILENCE and BELUSHI, as well as Emmy®-winning news series VICE and political documentary series THE CIRCUS.   

EEO Statement:

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

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