Director, Live Action Production (6-Month Mat Leave)

Job Locations CA-ON-Toronto
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/12/2021 6:22 PM)
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Find a job that lets your imagination run wild!

WildBrain is made up of a team of innovators and creators who bring industry-leading kids’ content and brands to families globally. We inspire imagination, put creativity first, and believe in the power of storytelling. We are constantly connecting the powers of our global team, making WildBrain a collaborative, openminded and passionate environment to work in.


To work at WildBrain means you get to create stories that lets imaginations run wild. Join our team today to become part of the story!


The Role


The Director, Live Action (6-Month Mat Leave) will report to the Sr. Director, Live Action prior to their Maternity Leave, and will subsequently report to the EVP, Content when the Sr. Director, Live Action goes on Leave.


In this role, you will be overseeing WildBrain’s diverse slate of original IP and our existing brands in development and production. WildBrain’s live action slate covers multi-genre from preschool to family programming and appeals to domestic and international buyers. A key focus of the slate is building properties to become strong brands and activate the expertise of each division to create successful franchise.


The Director, Live Action has the responsibility of ensuring production budgets and schedules are upheld. An important facet is maintaining strong relationships with key contacts within the television industry including; directors, writers, producers, etc. while forging new relationships within the creative community to ensure our slate and production execution remains innovative, timely and commercial. The position includes liaising internally with the WildBrain Business Affairs and Financing departments regarding the live action development and production slate.

What You’ll Do:

  • Oversee budgeting and scheduling on new projects
  • Work with production to oversee cost reports on each project in production
  • Oversee and contribute to building strong and experienced crews and talent on each production and for the future
  • Liaise between Producers / Executive Producers, Network Executives and Creators/Showrunners on each project to ensure production is executing on the goals of each stakeholder
  • Provide creative feedback on materials throughout the development process when requested
  • Liaise with Legal and Business Affairs on all contracts and agreements relating to live action development and production, including funding, broadcasting, talent, crew, distribution, co-productions, etc.
  • Create project Production Plans to meet creative and corporate objectives
  • May be requested to provide rough budgets based on development materials to gauge the scope of series early on
  • Monitor and remain current with the trends in production i.e. how we do stay innovative in our production execution
  • Supervise maintenance of development database, including payments and deliverables, option renewals, etc.
  • Work with the EVP, Content and Sr. Director, Live Action to do long range plan/studio forecasts


What You’ll Bring:  

  • 5-8 years’ experience producing Kids and Family Content
  • Experienced producer with strong production budgeting knowledge; co-production experience a huge asset
  • An understanding of Canadian Funding System 
  • Knowledge of all Canadian union rules/restriction—e.g. DGC, ACTRA, etc.
  • Strong contacts within the production and broadcast industry
  • Proven leadership ability; a leader who is able to manage up and down equally well
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • A team player, people-person, with an ability to work effectively within small and large teams
  • Entrepreneurial and self-starter who can be effective working independently
  • Ability to embrace change and persevere calmly when faced with difficulties
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrative passion for selling an idea
  • A profound knowledge and love of television!
  • High energy, hard working and committed to continuing the tradition of producing high-quality programming for TV viewers worldwide in a variety of formats


What We Bring:


Working at WildBrain is more than a job — it’s the opportunity to join forces with extraordinary, insightful and imaginative people who will recognize your talents and encourage your professional growth and development in a work environment that promotes creativity and individuality. We offer competitive family-focused benefits, we invest in our people and their future with generous RRSP matching, plus bonus time-off, because you deserve it!


WildBrain provides an atmosphere free from barriers in order to promote inclusion, equity and diversity. We celebrate and welcome the diversity of all employees, stakeholders and external partners. WildBrain fosters an environment that respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs, thereby ensuring equity and diversity in employment. We demonstrate our commitment to this by providing a supportive work environment and a corporate culture that welcomes and encourages equal opportunities for all employees. WildBrain also accommodates people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs known in advance if accommodation is required.


We appreciate all applicants who express interest in being a part of the WildBrain team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings, you will be contacted.


About WildBrain:


At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content across all media. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library – one of the world’s most extensive – we are home to such brands as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Degrassi. At our 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, BC, we produce such fan-favourite series as The Snoopy Show, Snoopy in Space, Chip & Potato, Carmen Sandiego, Go, Dog. Go! and more. Our shows are enjoyed worldwide in more than 150 countries on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, and our AVOD business – WildBrain Spark – offers one of the largest networks of kids’ channels on YouTube, garnering billions of views per month from over 150 million subscribers. We also license consumer products and location-based entertainment in every major territory for our own properties as well as for our clients and content partners. Our television group owns and operates four family entertainment channels that are among the most viewed in Canada. WildBrain is headquartered in Canada with offices worldwide and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WILD). Please visit us at wildbrain.com


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