Development Executive (Animation/Anime)


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Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Location: Los Angeles, United States
Employment Type: 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.

On the heels of announcing its combined and fully-funded entertainment studio, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking a Development Executive to join the Los Angeles-based Entertainment team. The Development Executive will aid in adapting Wattpad and WEBTOON’s massive IP library into all forms of animation/anime for streaming, linear and theatrical. This will be done all while using its audience-driven approach to push the boundaries of the entertainment industry and empower storytellers who don’t normally have a seat at the table.

What you'll be doing:

  • Help oversee all aspects of development and production
  • Work closely with a passionate team of seasoned executives to execute and build on a robust growing animation/anime slate, based on Wattpad and WEBTOON’s most valuable IP
  • Provide ongoing research of various producers, animation production companies, and writers, as well as attend animation showcases and festivals
  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships with studios, networks, writers, producers, directors, agents, and other stakeholders
  • Lead a diverse slate of projects set up at studios and financiers throughout the industry
  • Be on the ground floor to launch the studio’s scaling financing structure
  • Liaise with Wattpad and WEBTOON’s various content and creator teams (Analytics, Talent Management, Legal, Content Team, and Content Strategy, among others) to identify, secure, and manage priority properties for adaptation
  • Find and pitch new IP to senior management
  • Review and track submissions of scripts from agents and managers
  • Package value-add auspices, identifying and securing new talent for projects in development
  • Spearhead negotiations for IP rights, overall deals, and more
  • Guide development, crafting and delivering constructive notes on pitches, outlines, scripts, and cuts; attend shoots, table reads, casting, and post sessions
  • Oversee creation of necessary development materials, including: decks, treatments, concept art, and other relevant sales materials

What we're looking for:

  • A minimum of 2+ years of experience in an Executive role ideally in an animation and/or anime environment
  • Working knowledge of the animation landscape, including current programming, talent, and buyers
  • Experience in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment
  • Deep understanding of Wattpad and Webtoon’s target demographic (i.e. Gen Z/Millennial, female-skewing, YA/New Adult, romance/rom-com, animation/anime)
  • Strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Experience in crafting or evaluating pitches at a production company or studio
  • Experience building strong relationships with agents, managers, executives, producers, writers, and directors
  • Polished and effective communicator (written and verbal)
  • Experience working both autonomously and collaboratively
  • Passion for entertainment, comics, film, TV and pop culture

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 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.

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.

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