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  Head of Development, Feature Animation
Employer: Upgrade Membership Job Posted: 11/1/2019
Location: West Region Job Status: Full Time
Experience Level: TBD  

Job Description:

The Head of Development, working with top leadership within the company, will be tasked with helping to lead and build the Dreamworks Animation slate of animated feature films. The Head of Development will oversee the structured process of script/film development from initial idea generation to script completion, working with the company’s development team as well as with the storyboarding and animation teams as the project moves through the development process. The Head of Development will need to show a high level of creative taste, have great interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic, and possess deep experience in the animation space as well as a roster of contacts across the creative landscape.

At DreamWorks Animation we believe that the animation we put out into the marketplace is only as good as the talent within the company that creates it. We are committed to fostering a culture that embraces innovation, creativity, collaboration, and a solid dose of fun.


• Build and oversee the Dreamworks Animation film slate.
• Support the goals of the Development Department as a leading member of the team.
• Collaborate with key creatives (Producers, Directors, Writers) on development projects, taking initiative to move projects forward.
• Provide clear and supportive feedback to creative teams at all stages of development and production, including but not limited to notes documents.
• Develop and grow relationships with management companies and talent agencies in order to find new writers, artists, directors, producers; and to source new projects.
• Be able to present ideas to executive leadership in a clear, articulate and engaging manner.
• Work closely with senior leadership and the Director and Producing team in a sometimes day-to-day capacity on films, dependent on need.
• Develop processes and workflows to maximize internal resources.
• Be a creative ambassador and build a culture of creative thinking and innovation with internal teams.

Basic Qualifications:

• 12+ years of experience in Film Development.
• Deep relationships in the film development and production space, including, but not limited to, agents, managers and producers.

Desired Characteristics
Desired Qualifications:

• Extensive experience in the feature animation space, in both development and production.
• Significant experience leading development teams and delivering smart, relevant creative ideation.
• Excellent people management skills, including the ability to correctly read people and their needs.
• Strong communication and leadership ability.
• An artist friendly personality, someone who deeply values the creative process.
• A proven track record of developing extraordinary content, including those with big high concept ideas.
• Experience at a feature studio and/or production company.
• Familiarity with the process of animation production and knowledge of the animation production community.
• A strong desire to innovate, learn and grow.
• Strong interpersonal skills capable of building positive relationships both inside and outside the company.
• Proven ability to lead, manage, train and motivate a multi-person creative team.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.



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