VP, Head of Studios Finance & Strategy

Wattpad, Los Angeles, United States

Stories you’ll love.

Duration: Full-Time

Wattpad WEBTOON Studios brings together technology, a diverse new generation of creators, and passionate global fandoms to create data-backed, audience-driven TV shows, films, and books. Leveraging incredible stories and insights from WEBTOON and Wattpad’s combined audience of more than 166 million people, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has pioneered a bold, global, fan-first approach to entertainment. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has worked with Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Crunchyroll, The Jim Henson Company, Vertigo Entertainment, Constantin Film, Penguin Random House, and many other leaders in entertainment and publishing.

Wattpad WEBTOON Studios seeks a VP, Head of Studios Finance & Strategy to shepherd the company’s deployment of its newly established entertainment fund, fueling the rapid acceleration of scripted content across film, TV, and animation—pushing the boundaries of the entertainment industry by adapting Wattpad and WEBTOON’s massive IP library, using an audience-driven approach, and empowering storytellers who don’t normally have a seat at the table.

What you'll be doing:

  • Provide financial and strategic leadership and analysis across the Studio group with a heavy focus on production financing in film, TV, and animation
  • Create sustainable and scalable financial strategies and business practices for the growing Studio and its newly established $100 million entertainment fund, including the development and closing of production financing structures
  • Design and run forecasting models for existing and potential Global Entertainment financing scenarios, and generate P&L's that guide greenlight analysis and decisions
  • Cultivate strong relationships across a wide network of domestic and international distribution partners, including licensees, sales agencies, and consultants
  • Review project budgets and production structures at various stages, liaising with outside accounting and line production firms as appropriate
  • Oversee Entertainment group accounting including project-related FP&A and touchpoints with other Finance roles and teams throughout the organization
  • Lead policy around tax credits/grants/incentives
  • Manage banking and credit facility relationships as needed
  • Oversee financial relationships with co-production partners

What we're looking for:

  • Proven leadership experience at a studio or financier with a successful track record
  • Deep working knowledge of a variety of film financing scenarios including domestic and foreign sales structures, windowing, and tax credit scenarios
  • Familiarity with production financing models -- indie financing (including gap/bridge financing and credit facility structures), streamers, traditional studios, etc.
  • Ability to thrive and lead in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment
  • A network of high-level relationships across film financing, banking and distribution 
  • Polished and effective communicator
  • Team player who works well with others
  • Creative and level-headed problem solver
  • Experience in publishing and/or distribution finance is a major plus
  • Experience in corporate financing is a plus 

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
  • Health benefits, fully covered by us!
  • 401K Contributions
  • Generous vacation and Parental Leave Top-up
  • Monthly Transit and Home Office Allowance, choice of hardware, flexible hours, hybrid office, and remote work options
  • Corporate discount for gym membership for you and your family
  • Summer Fridays with afternoons off!
  • And a whole lot more!
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.

About Wattpad

Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play...and all while having a great time.

We are a remote friendly company and encourages remote candidates to apply as long as they are located and authorized to work in either the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) as a precondition of employment. We are not able to sponsor applicants for work permits.

Culture and Diversity

Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period. 

Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.  

If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.

About Wattpad

Wattpad gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere else. It’s where people discover, create, and share stories about the things they love, right on their mobile phones. The platform continues to grow at an average of 110,000 sign ups per day, with an average session time of 30 minutes. Wattpad works with leading consumer and entertainment brands to help them reach a mostly-millennial audience of millions.


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