Associate Producer, Development

Job Number: R10004161
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Production
Location: New York, New York, United States of America
Job Posting Date: August 9, 2018
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National Geographic

The National Geographic Channels form the television and production arm of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels include: National Geographic Channel (NGC), Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative programming from A-level talent around the world, and with profits that help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages. National Geographic Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250 million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55 million social media fans globally on Facebook alone.


The Associate Producer of Development is a full time creative position with some administrative responsibilities over the development pipeline. The primary purpose of this role is to develop new ideas for television series and specials - this includes writing treatments, designing innovative pitch presentations, researching, casting, and editing in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This position will also maintain the “development pipeline” between the studio and the network, which includes tracking deadlines, budgets & schedules, and competitive projects.  As part of this tracking process, the Associate Producer of Development will be responsible for liaising with internal colleagues at Studios and the Channel to facilitate the flow of information regarding projects as they enter and work their way through the development pipeline. This position reports directly to the Director of Development in the New York Office.


* Conceptualize, research, and write detailed pitches for bold new television shows and specials that can be pitched to NGC. Pitch process also includes casting: the search for compelling characters for existing ideas, as well as characters around which to build program concepts. AP will interview possible characters and create video presentations and written descriptions of the characters, as directed by Director of Development.

* Develop and sell shows is our business. Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Development, Dev AP must be able to quickly conceive a high volume of top quality ideas, and then turn those ideas into well-written packages/sizzle tapes.

* Design innovative pitch presentations.

* Our job doesn’t end with the idea. How we present that idea is just as important. Photoshop, Keynote and Squarespace have become presentation staples, and we will need to continue to innovate new ways to sell our IP.

* Manage pipeline of all development projects from inception through greenlight to ensure that deadlines are met and materials are delivered to appropriate parties. 

* Strict organization and management of materials, deadlines, and communication is essential to moving projects forward and keeping the business on track.

* Other duties and responsibilities that arise during the normal course of business, as directed by the VP Production and Development and the Director of Development.

* Every week, Dev AP must also: track competitive programming across scripted and non-scripted television; Scour newspapers, magazines, and new books for ideas and attractive IP.


* Undergraduate Degree required.

* Ability to speak and write both clearly and persuasively when pitching new ideas.  AP should be comfortable calling strangers on behalf of Nat Geo when casting or researching. As a representative of National Geographic, every development officer is expected to communicate internally and externally in a professional manner.

* Proficiency in Word, Excel, keynote, and internet research required. Some editing and graphic design experience preferred. Willingness to learn new programs and skills as requested by managers is also a must.

* Out of the box, creative thinking required on a daily basis.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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