Director, Drama Development

Ref#: 31796
CBS Business Unit: CBS Television Network
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: Studio City, CA, US

About Us:
CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 130 million people a week during the 2012/2013 season. The Network has the #1 drama/scripted program, NCIS; #1 sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.

  • Help establish the strategic development goals of the department by identifying trends, brainstorming ideas, determining needs, etc.
  • Field pitches, read specs, identify new business opportunities and secure new talent for projects in development.
  • Provide notes on stories, outlines, scripts and cuts for projects in development.
  • Build and maintain relationships with production partners, including studio executives, producers, writers, directors, actors, agents, managers, etc.
  • Attend pilot shoots to ensure that agreed upon concepts are fully realized in production.
  • Assist in launching shows from pilot to series, including creative notes, assisting in finding and hiring of writing staff and episodic directors.
  •  Work closely with various departments internally to communicate information and act as a liaison for the department’s projects.

• Minimum 10 years experience in television/film.
• Minimum 3 years experience in a creative executive capacity, preferably in development.
• Bachelor's degree is preferred.
• Proven skills in program scheduling and knowledge of network operations.
• Experience in television development. 
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative, and high energy environment.
• Experience in either generating and taking pitches for a production company or taking pitches for a network or studio.
• Must exhibit flexibility, excellent communication skills and relationship building ability.
• Must have strong relationships with agents, managers, writers and producers. 
• Must be:

  • Assertive, enthusiastic and a highly motivated self-starter.
  • Polished with good interpersonal skills.
  • Creative and passionate.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial.
EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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