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SVP - Development

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Discovery Communications, Inc. Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

Position Summary

The SVP Development will serve as a key member of Discovery Channel's Senior Management Team, contributing to strategic planning, network direction, channel management and responsible for executing programming strategies on series through the development process.

1.Serve as key external and internal spokesperson for the network with major constituents and clients. Develop new relationships and maintain existing relationships with agents, producers, and writers for all genres.2. Provide the strategic and creative vision for the development teams that fulfills the network programming strategy as articulated by the senior management team. Provide insight into the core promise of content concepts and create original and innovative approaches that deliver for the audience.3. Responsible for creating new, innovative approaches, refining approach and audience targets based on extensive research. Responsible for spotting trends, understanding ad sales and network rating expectations.4. Maximize product integration opportunities and create new relationships and ways of working with advertisers, corporate partners, program participants, and co-producers.5. Coordinate with Business Affairs to option properties, represent network investment ranges, rights, approvals and expectations for project.6. Represent the network to outside organizations and maintain both internal and external partnerships. Manage daily work, career growth, training and development of staff.7. Manage Development Department staff for maximum quality, creativity and efficiency. Provide creative leadership that unlocks the strategic and creative potential of the team. Foster and environment of creative and innovative problem solving.8. Inform and involve key departments on projects throughout all stages of the pipeline to maximize their value to the company.


  • 10-15 years progressive, senior-level programming experience

  • Experience in long-form and short-from non-fictional genres, general entertainment, and/or LIVE TV events.

  • Proven record of demonstrated creativity with an ability to generate new ideas and translate them into high-quality TV programs.

  • An independent thinker and idea-generator who is also a team player.

  • Proficiency in TV production economics and management. Skilled in negotiating, deal structuring and closing.

  • Ability to manage outside producers, build credibility and strong working relationships with other internal executives and generate commitment to goals.

  • Outstanding editorial judgment and creative abilities, strong verbal and written communications skills, and demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or an equivalent combination of skills, training and hands-on experience.

  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States.

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