Head of Development & Production (Non-Fiction TV, Documentaries)

Full time

Job Detail

  • Career Level Executive
  • Experience 7 Years
  • Sector Development
  • Qualifications Other

Job Description

Condé Nast is home to Wired, Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and more of the world’s most celebrated brands. Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) develops, produces and distributes video content across all of these brands. Our team creates high quality video programming experiences for viewers across every screen, and is led by industry veterans who have built video businesses with billions of monthly views. Since its inception in 2011, CNE has grown rapidly and has an extensive digital distribution network, with more than 37 million subscribers on Youtube and ranks in the top 20 in unique viewers in comScore’s Top 100 Properties.

Job Description

Los Angeles

Overview/Purpose 

Condé Nast is a global media company with a portfolio of many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler/Traveller, Allure, AD, Bon Appétit and Wired, among others. Headquartered in New York and London, Condé Nast operates in 31 markets including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S., with additional license partners throughout the world.

Launched in 2011, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) is our award-winning media entity that extends the company’s reach through the development and production of original content across film, television, podcast, social and digital video and virtual reality. Our colleagues and collaborators bring big ideas to life; intelligent storytelling with a diverse point of view underscores all that we do. Each month our video content generates more than 1 billion views. We reach 88 million consumers in print, 427 million in digital and 423 million across social platforms.

We are looking for a producerial, creative and strategic leader to drive the continued growth of Condé Nast Entertainment’s development and production of TV and feature films sourced from our brands’ world-class storytelling.  As Head of Development & Production (Non-Fiction TV, Documentaries), Condé Nast Entertainment reporting to the President, you will build and manage an IP portfolio and content strategy primarily for the brands Vogue, AD, Bon Appétit, and Condé Nast Traveler/Traveller, generating a slate of creatively undeniable and ambitious projects to sell and distribute to the global marketplace.  

In the early stages of the role, it will require identifying the human, financial and technology resources necessary for success, realigning roles and responsibilities for existing teams and/or recruiting, and establishing workflows and processes within CNE and with stakeholders across the company.

Primary Responsibilities

Development 

  • Oversee a global creative strategy to grow our brand relevance and affinity with modern audiences around the world, building a development pipeline of original IP primarily from the brands Vogue, AD, Bon Appétit, and Condé Nast Traveler/Traveller across features, acquisitions, scripted series, unscripted, and documentary

  • Impeccable eye for connecting talent and building, packaging projects, leveraging relationships with artists, buyers and talent representatives 

  • Focus on quality while increasing the volume and diversity of content for multiple entertainment buyers and distributors globally and in specific markets

  • Partner with EICs and brand editorial teams to identify, prioritize and adapt ideas to be packaged and pitched

  • Partner with CNE Business Affairs to negotiate strategic deal terms with buyers, financiers, talent, other production companies, studios and sales agents for original content across entertainment formats, IP rights and digital video distribution and/or licensing

  • Leverage a firm understanding of data analytics and digital metrics, collaborating with CNE strategy and brand editorial/audience development to appeal to existing fans and new viewers in trend-setting formats

Production & Current

  • Oversee a global production slate of original IP, reviewing scripts, treatments, outlines, production schedules, assets, music, dailies and cuts and providing timely feedback

  • Manage 3rd party production companies on multiple projects simultaneously, maintaining quality standards and control of brand association, adhering to contractual and deliverables requirements

  • Engage Condé Nast stakeholders across divisions meaningfully through production milestones, integrated planning and marketing launch opportunities

Leadership 

  • Exhibit and set a culture of professionalism and results-oriented purpose, leading the team with practical optimism, a collaborative spirit and resourceful attitude with stakeholders across Condé Nast

  • Build and manage a high-performing global team in development and production, relentless in striving for creative excellence and accountable to CNE business growth goals

  • Inspire consistent focus on premium storytelling development, bringing fresh perspective to both the content itself and the people, processes and workflows behind it

  • Partner with CNE Global Digital Video to establish workflows from inception to execution of short-form content and/or podcasts that strategically establish development pipeline

  • Partner with CNE Global Physical Production to establish workflows from inception to execution that deliver quality, consistent communication, swift decision making, efficient budgeting, scheduling and deadline enforcement

  • Collaborate closely with Legal Affairs to enforce and inform Condé Nast Intellectual Property policy and procedures, including market specific nuances and practices

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • 7+ years experience as an executive and/or producer at a production company, studio as a professional and capable leader with inclusive style that garners respect and trust across stakeholders and team members

  • Proven ability to operate, with strategic expertise to build a pipeline of TV & Film projects that balance long-term value with near-term business goals; physical production experience a plus

  • Established creative sensibility and track record of developing and producing culture-defining storytelling, attracting the best and the brightest talent and providing exceptional “talent-friendly” experience that drives results

  • Stellar reputation and relationships with entertainment industry professionals, particularly creators, agencies, talent management companies and content buyers around the world

  • Entrepreneurial, strategic and holistic mindset, eagerness to learn and build, and a reputation as an innovative, adaptable and proactive “doer” with desire to differentiate Condé Nast from the competition

  • Proven ability to proactively identify and implement effective solutions to problems and to create infrastructure from whole cloth while under intense security and time pressure

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize appropriately and meet deadlines

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (written and oral) with an emotionally intelligent communication style

  • Successful experience navigating matrixed organizations

  • Experience operating a start-up or new line of business within a large, highly leveraged company

  • Familiarity with the brands and businesses of Condé Nast

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