Full Time Job

Director, Comedy Development


Universal City, CA 10-26-2022
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

Job Purpose:

The Director, Comedy Development will report to and work with the EVP of Comedy Development to develop new broadcast, cable and streaming series for Universal Television Studio.

Essential Responsibilities:
• Field pitches, identify trends, and help establish the strategic development goals for the Comedy department
• Develop new and current programming, including identifying and securing new talent for projects in development
• Identify new business opportunities, pursuing potential deals where appropriate
• Provide notes on outlines, scripts and cuts
• Oversee the development of internal formats, from initial idea through to creation of episodic bible
• Find and pitch new material to senior management
• Provide notes on story, outline and script for projects in development
• Introduce new writers to the studio with the potential for future development
• Assist the development team in identifying concepts and talent
• Work with Business Affairs to close talent and production deals
• Work with Production to ensure that agreed to concepts are fully realized in production
• Spearhead internal concepting for shows that will expand the brand
• Supervise the production of multiple series
• Work with the Programming department to ensure that agreed to concepts are fully realized in production
• Attend and act as a creative executive on set, and at table reads, run-throughs and tapings
• Build and maintain relationships with producers, directors, and production companies
• Serve as liaison between production and other network departments including publicity, marketing, finance, etc.


Basic Requirements:
• Minimum 6 years of narrative scripted series programming experience in development

Desired Characteristics:
• Bachelor's degree
• Background in programming for the network television and streaming markets with hands-on experience, ideally from both a production and a development stand-point
• Exhibit flexibility, excellent communication skills and relationship building ability
• Assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated self-starter
• Creative and passionate
• Strong relationships with agents, managers, writers and producers
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office
• Strong communication skills and relationship building ability
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative, and high energy environment
• Team player who works well with others

Additional Requirements:
• Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
• Willingness to work overtime and on weekends with short notice
• 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
• Must submit an attestation disclosing your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if partially or fully vaccinated, submitting your vaccination record no later than 7 days following commencement of employment.
• Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols in select work settings or where jurisdictionally mandated.
• Must be willing to adhere to all Company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols.

Additional Information

NBCUniversal's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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