Lifetime®, a powerful media brand targeting women, offering high-quality entertainment and factual content that celebrates, entertains and supports women. The network provides critically acclaimed, award-winning and popular original programming for women through movies, dramas, comedies and reality series. The network is currently seeking a VP of Non-Fiction Programming, based in Los Angeles. This is a full time staff position.
You will be responsible for the development and production of non-fiction series & specials for Lifetime, from conception and deal-making to pilot to production supervision and delivery. This position will be an active contributor to overall Lifetime non-fiction programming strategy. Specifically this position will:
•Develop new non-fiction series and specials for Lifetime. This would include meeting with and taking pitches from key and potential producers to discuss projects.
•Develop content of contemporary non-fiction programming to meet the changing viewership demands.
oMaintain high degree of knowledge of current events and trends and discusses with staff and producers.
oKeep Lifetime non-fiction series on the forefront of non-fiction entertainment, both in ratings and reputation.
•Evaluate current schedule and develop alternative programming to improve the performance of that schedule with an emphasis on rating goals.
•At times may have hands on responsibilities as Executive Producer for assigned projects.
•Supervise production of non-fiction programs and series; reviews and approves outlines, scripts, rough cuts, budgets and post-production
•Be responsible for streamlining and disseminating information amongst programming, marketing, PR and other internal partners.
•Represent the network at industry or professional groups, meetings and events.
•Manage a team of programmers, as well as outside producers;
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10+ years’ experience at a network, syndicated, major market local station, production company or equivalent organization, working on news, documentary or reality programming. We are seeking someone with in-depth knowledge of long-form non-fiction programming with strong ratings performance a proven track record in developing successful series and working knowledge of production techniques and procedures, and legal issues. Position requires experience in supervising and/or field production of reality-based programs with proven storytelling, writing and editorial abilities.