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The Walt Disney Company

Director, Creative Acquisitions

Job Summary:

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Director, Creative Acquisitions, Walt Disney Television

Job Summary:

The Creative Acquisitions Department at Walt Disney Television’s mission is to identify, acquire, and package intellectual property and literary material for television series development and production.  The department sources and secures the rights to books, podcasts, and all other forms of source material that can be developed by ABC Signature, 20th Television, and 20th Animation’s world-class roster of showrunners, writers, directors and talent for ABC, Hulu, Freeform, FX, Disney+, NatGeo and other platforms. This is an opportunity to work closely with a boutique, inclusive team and contribute meaningfully to a department at the epicenter of a niche and in-demand segment of the entertainment industry. 

The Director position offers room for growth and is ideally suited for a candidate who is committed to a career as a television creative executive.  We are seeking a creative, curious, collaborative and tenacious team member who can contribute passion and innovative ideas to the television development process, and maintain the department’s fun, positive, respectful, and diverse energy.  We encourage risk taking. bold ideas, and personal and professional growth.  

Responsibilities:

Some of the position’s primary tasks will include:

  • Evaluating a high volume of intellectual properties (books, articles, podcasts, etc.) and providing analytical and creative insights.
  • Pitching ideas, presenting, coordinating, and collaborating with other departments including but not limited to: Creative Executives (Development and Current), Business Affairs, Legal Affairs, Marketing, PR, and affiliate businesses.
  • Interfacing with high-level Talent (overall deal writers, producers, etc.) and Executives across all studios and platforms at WDT to pitch ideas and discuss materials.
  • Proactively maintaining and sourcing relationships with authors, journalists, creators, intellectual property rights holders, representatives, estates, and aggregators, etc.
  • Researching and initiating special projects as needed. 
  • Managing and optimizing internal department infrastructure and processes necessary to track IP across media, supporting the team’s ability to proactively surface high value properties at scale. Helping to manage and oversee department reports, databases, etc.
  • Exercising sound creative and financial judgement in the pursuit of materials for acquisition.
  • Attending relevant industry conferences, book fairs, and events as needed, and seeking out new opportunities. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of executive experience in the entertainment industry (IP & literary affairs executive or scout, film/TV creative executive or producer, media rights literary agent/manager, publishing agent/scout/editor, etc.)
  • A self-starter who can pro-actively contribute and work collaboratively, as well as autonomously, in a small team environment.
  • A passion for television and reading, and a voracious appetite for pop culture and storytelling. 
  • A commitment to diverse and inclusive storytelling in all categories.
  • An ability to think critically about content and articulate those thoughts succinctly and effectively.
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge about the intellectual property marketplace (knowledge of authors, materials, publishers, producers, etc.)
  • Depth and breadth of meaningful relationships across entertainment industry and intellectual property marketplace (contacts with representatives, editors, etc.) 
  • Understanding of media business models (especially intellectual property rights deals) and experience working with creative stakeholders.
  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, track and manage multiple projects at scale.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to multi-task.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with project management at an Executive level. 
  • Ability to create and maintain relationships internally and externally.
  • Experience working collaboratively across multiple company departments or divisions.

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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