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VP - Development

Discovery Inc
New York, NY 10001
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Discovery Inc

Location: New York, New York, United States, 10001
Req ID: 543

Discovery hires the very best and brightest talent who are enthusiastic and passionate to fulfill the company's mission of empowering people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity.

In exchange for their talent and drive, employees are provided with an engaging, diverse workplace and the resources they need to learn, thrive and grow in their careers.

Position Summary

The VP - Development is a unique position is responsible for researching and vetting new program ideas and genres for the Factual portfolio. The VP will also be an idea generator, responsible for proactively coming up with innovative show ideas and creating new programs for in-house development. In this role, the VP will be expected to share ideas and contribute to the strategic vision and direction of the network and will possess a strong creative background as well as excellent writing skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and conceptualize ideas for new series, specials, and other programming initiatives.
  • Conduct deep research and develop internally generated programming concepts. Work with entire development team to identify ideas, brainstorm, and develop shows.
  • Responsible for identifying the latest trends and formats by conducting heavy internet and telephone research.
  • Responsible for actively reaching out to agents and producers to solicit new ideas.
  • Review treatments and materials submitted from external vendors and work with development team to provide timely feedback as assigned.
  • Oversee the production of presentation tapes and all deliverables for paid development, including reviewing and editing treatments and story outlines.
  • Ensure information flow and editorial integrity during all phases of development from conception to production.
  • Adherence to and accountability for all aspects of the Network's budgetary and production standards, as well as contractual and deliverables requirements for programming.
  • Coordinate bi-weekly meetings to progress projects.
  • Serve as a network liaison to represent development.


  • At least 8 - 10 years' experience in the broadcast industry with experience. Both independent and network experience on successful projects.
  • Ability to consistently generate and execute new ideas. Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects in varying stages.
  • Superb creative writing skills. Strong aptitude in Research.
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills, with demonstrated ability to work with little supervision and under pressure to meet tight deadlines within budgetary constraints.
  • Strong knowledge of producing community with established agent relationships.
  • Must have the legal rights to work in the United States.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application process, please send an email request to HR@discovery.com.



Posted: 2020-09-11 Expires: 2020-10-12

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