The Walt Disney Company Sr Creative Executive in Burbank, California

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, and the upcoming feature Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

The Sr Creative Executive role helps shepherd the early development process for animated feature films. As such, he/she works in concert with production personnel as the day-to-day support for individual directors as they work to articulate and develop their film ideas. Duties include offering feedback on story and pitch presentations between major creative milestone meetings; conducting and coordinating inspirational research for the film world & characters; and conducting an on-going, in-depth search for writers who match the sensibility of the projects and the filmmaker-driven, collaborative culture of Disney Animation. The Sr Creative Executive reports to the Head of Creative Affairs, and takes direction from the VP of Development in a highly team-oriented environment.

Responsibilities :

  • Helps directors shape stories from concept through script with an emphasis on character and film structure

  • Provides creative feedback in pitches, story sessions, screenings and notes sessions

  • Facilitates hiring of story consultants for projects both in development and in production

  • Spearheads research initiatives, helping to integrate ongoing research into story development

  • Manages the constant search for and outreach to writers, both emerging and veteran, to match with directors by soliciting & analyzing scripts and interviewing writers

  • Maintains relationships with writers, agents and industry executives, as well as in other relevant creative communities, to scout emerging & diverse writing talent

  • Maintains a comprehensive and well-organized writer database covering samples, credits, script notes, meeting notes, representation, and other relevant information.

  • Collaborates on the story development of various ancillary projects, such as shorts

Basic Qualifications :

  • Strong sense of screenplay structure and analysis

  • Strong knowledge of theatre/ film productions and the entertainment industry in general is necessary, as well as a strong interest in and good understanding of the animation process

  • Deep industry contacts to agents/writers and talent as well as their agents and scouts.

  • The ability to effectively communicate, interact and partner with creative talent and executives inside the company is crucial

  • Good taste, maturity and focus are a must

  • Strong skills in the area of time management and organization

  • A strong ability to learn new technologies is essential

  • The ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic/ever-changing environment is required

  • 5+ years of experience in a relevant, comparable environment is required

Job ID: 558181BR

Location: Burbank,California

Job Posting Company: Studio Entertainment