Full Time Job
Development Executive (Remote in Europe)
In this newly created role, the Development Executive will work closely with the Content team (based in Toronto and LA) to adapt Wattpad's European IP library into television/streaming series, feature films, digital series, and content for emerging technologies. Using Wattpad's data and community, the Development Executive will help Wattpad Studios push the boundaries of the entertainment industry in the European markets.
What you'll be doing:
- Develop and oversee a slate of scripted projects geared towards the European markets based on Wattpad's IP library, data analytics, and insights from the passionate community of readers and writers
- Service existing partnerships with European entertainment companies
Execute on strategic goals for the Studio in the region
- Oversee current production
- Work with the Data and Content teams to identify priority properties for adaptation
- Find and pitch new material with a creative point of view and an eye towards marketplace viability
- Identify and secure new talent for projects in development
- Build and maintain relationships with studio and production partners and cultivate new ones
- Build relationships with writers, producers, production companies, and directors
- Liaise between partners and Wattpad writers
- Shepherd negotiations for IP rights, overall deals, and key project hires
- Provide notes on pitches, outlines, scripts, and cuts
- Identify and pursue potential new business opportunities
- Travel within Europe when necessary as business dictates
What we're looking for:
- Creative and passionate about storytelling
- Ability to thrive in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment
- Proven skills (3+ years at the executive level) in development and production as a seller and/or buyer in at least one field: television, film, and digital
- Fluent in German; ideally also fluent in French and/or Italian
- Deep understanding of the entertainment marketplace in the target countries
- Experience in crafting or receiving pitches at a production company, studio, or network
- Strong relationships with studios, networks, agents, managers, producers, and writers
- Polished and effective communicator and pitcher
- Team player who works well with others; assertive and enthusiastic
- Avid reader
What we offer:
- Competitive salary
- Meaningful equity (stock options)
- Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
- Choice of hardware, flexible hours, and a whole lot more!
Wattpad is a global multiplatform entertainment company whose vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Since 2006, we've been on a mission to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world. Every month 80 million people around the world spend over 22 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can't find anywhere else. Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, Tap by Wattpad, Wattpad Labs, Wattpad Studios, and Wattpad Brand Partnerships. We're proudly based in Toronto, but our reach is global. Come build the future of entertainment and storytelling, and write your next chapter with us!
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.
We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. 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. Our team is as diverse and eclectic as the global Wattpad community. In case it's not clear: we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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