Director of Development, Originals

Group Nine Media, New York, NY

what matters now.

NowThis is looking for a Director of Development: Original Series, who will be responsible for non-fiction development for streaming and broadcast platforms.  They will be  responsible for the ideation, development  and solicitation of longform “TV” and features for sale and/or license to networks, digital platforms, clients and partners.  The Director will be tasked with identifying stories and story-types that resonate with a broad, young audience, to develop into long form opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be a strong ideator and writer with an understanding of the unscripted marketplace.   They will have existing relationships with production companies, agencies and talent, and an understanding of format types and genres that are selling across multiple platforms.

The director will be skilled at non-fiction development and the creation of pitch materials -- from one-sheets to full presentation.  They will also oversee the creation of sizzles and proof-of-concept videos with the goal of creating NowThis’ slate of unscripted pitches and programming.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop NowThis’ original programming slate, reporting into and collaborating with head of NowThis Originals
  • Oversee creation of pitch materials including decks and sizzle reels
  • Collaborate with Group9 Studios and maintain relationship with NowThis’ agency reps
  • Build and maintain relationships with producers, directors, filmmakers, and production companies
  • Create new pathways to solicit and evaluate pitches for potential development
  • Track and evaluate the competition - what’s working, what’s not and what white spaces exist.  Create writer and director lists developing an inclusive group of strong  freelance writers and directors for future NowThis programming
  • Deliver clear and concise notes on projects in development

Success Will Look Like:

  • A robust development slate representative of the NowThis brand
  • Year one, 1-2 pilots and/or series sold

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 -7 years of experience with a network, streamer, production company or related experience
  • Understanding and passion for purpose-driven news programming 
  • Strong relationships with Buyers, agents, Producers
  • Strong writing and communication skills as well as an understanding of production
  • Comfortable in a self-starter environment and collaborative work style

Why Work at Group Nine

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of our larger DE&I strategy, every employee goes through a series of DE&I training. We have incredible Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), with the support of our Head of DE&I and executive sponsors, that host everything from weekly safe space chats to community events.

We have amazing people. We can promise you’ll work alongside some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. Our people work hard but we always have fun doing it. Bottom line: we care about each other and we take our values seriously.

We care about you. We offer company-paid parental leave for everyone #inclusion. We also offer health, dental and vision insurance, along with a selection of voluntary benefits. We’ve partnered with best-in-class virtual care providers to bring health care, mental health support and meditation to all employees. Additionally, knowing that time away from work is integral to employee well-being, our time off allowances (consisting of vacation, sick, company holidays, volunteer and religious observances), ensure you have time to take care of yourself.

We invest in your future. We offer competitive compensation and a matching 401(k) plan. Depending on the role, options may also be granted. We value development. We are a high-performance organization that challenges itself to continuously grow. We invest in employee development. You’ll need to be great to get hired here and we promise you’ll get even better once you’re here.

About NowThis

NowThis is the #1 mobile news brand in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020]. They have a singular mission: to make news engaging and relevant for young adults by humanizing our complicated world. By providing insightful context from a youth perspective, NowThis has revolutionized how news is consumed today. Launched in 2012, NowThis’ entertaining, inspiring and informative videos are created for a mobile generation and receive over 2.6 billion monthly views [platform analytics, June 2020]. In December 2016, NowThis joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and Seeker to form Group Nine Media -- the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020]. 

About Group Nine Media

Group Nine has the most optimistic, fast moving, deeply connected brands in the categories that matter NOW. As the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020], Group Nine’s brands are built for the platforms where young people spend the majority of their time. We reach over 80% of Americans in their 20s every month [Nielsen DCR, June 2020]. Audiences spend over 90 million hours a month engaging with our category-defining brands [platform analytics, August 2020] - NowThis, the no. 1 most-watched news and politics brand globally on social [Tubular Labs, May 2020]; The Dodo, the #1 media brand for reach on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, November 2019]; POPSUGAR, the #1 most engaged-with Women’s Lifestyle site in the U.S. [Comscore, February 2020]; Thrillist, the most-trusted digital brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment; and Seeker, the no. 1 science brand on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, April 2020]. Group Nine has been recognized with hundreds of prestigious awards including Edward R. Murrow, James Beard, Cannes Lions, Critic’s Choice, among others.

About Group Nine Media

Group Nine Media is one of the world's largest digital-first media companies, boasting over 5 billion monthly video views and reaching 80% of U.S. adults in their 20s. As the no. 1 most engaging publisher on the social web, Group Nine's brands are built for consumption on the platforms where their millennial-focused audience spends the majority of their time. Group Nine is home to NowThis (the no. 1 most watched video news creator on social), The Dodo (the no. 1 animal brand on social), Thrillist (the most trusted brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment) and Seeker (the digital leader in science and innovation).

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