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The Walt Disney Company

SVP - Programming & Development

Job Summary:

The Freeform Original Programming & Development team is seeking a qualified candidate for an SVP, Programming & Development role, to manage the scripted series development team and oversee the department’s day-to-day operations. In this role, the SVP will identify and develop ideas/concepts for scripted series (drama, comedy, and animation) and creatively supervise production of scripted series pilots.


  • Oversee all original scripted (drama, comedy, and animation) series development for Freeform branded content.
  • As a key member of Freeform’s senior team, help develop and execute the creative strategy as defined by the EVP of Programming & Development, to grow unique, compelling, and brand-appropriate scripted series content.
  • Lead and manage, with a strong emphasis on fostering/nurturing the development and growth of, 5+ member scripted series development team.
  • Oversee and manage the development budget.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with established talent (writers, producers, directors, actors, authors, filmmakers, playwrights), identify up-and-coming talent, and actively pursue business with both groups.
  • Self-generate, solicit, evaluate and develop ideas/concepts to make into scripted series.
  • From a creative standpoint, oversee production of pilots to ensure the integrity of the creative vision.
  • Provide ongoing guidance on key casting decisions.
  • Partner with the Scheduling department on series launches, stunts and general programming needs.
  • Collaborate with other Freeform departments on various issues (Business Affairs, S&P, PR, Marketing, Digital Media, etc.)
  • Spearhead problem solving and crisis management resolution with studio partners and outside producers on all production and programming issues.
  • Manage special projects and assignments as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of developing commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed original scripted series.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with experience and/or strong interest in running and growing a dynamic team of rising executives.
  • Strong communication skills with team members and management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scripted series production process.
  • Knowledge of and interest in Freeform content and target demographic.
  • Strong existing relationships with production companies, agents, producers, etc.
  • Demonstrated creative and development skills.
  • Self-motivation to develop new ideas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management.
  • Ability to multitask and manage complex projects.

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