Director, Development Production

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Skydance Animation is seeking a Director of Development Production. This person will report into the SVP, Operations & Business Strategy and will work closely with the senior Production and Development leadership to manage the timelines, budgets, and talents of our upcoming animated productions.


  • Partners with SVP, Development and VP, Series Production to lead and guide all aspects of series & film development 
  • Manage schedules, timelines, milestones, and logistical plans for all development, platform delivery and transition phases of development
  • Along with SVP, Development and VP, Series Production, provide ongoing creative updates with Senior Leadership.  Create milestones for feedback, monitor progress against deadlines, and provide mid-mortem and post-mortem analysis on patterns in development to leverage best practices across studio projects
  • Collaborate with Finance and Operations & Business Strategy to track budgets, ensure proper cash flow, forecasting and cost reporting across all development projects
  • Be pro-active in making key strategic, creative and production decisions and eliciting inventive ideas from a team in a highly collaborative environment; promote a culture of creative collaboration and facilitate peer feedback throughout the process
  • Manage creative talent (e.g. writers, directors, story artists, designers, consultants) on development projects
  • Manage the day-to-day development production functionality at all levels, including with various LOBs and SDA teams (e.g. Development, Operations & Business Strategy, Casting, Post Production, Finance, Business Affairs, HR, Recruiting, Facilities) 
  • Stay on top of key industry trends, emerging technology, competitors’ development and programming
  • Requirements

  • Minimum 6+ years of hands-on production management of animated programming
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of pre-production, production and post-production methods in traditional and CG mediums
  • Must have a high aptitude for strategic planning and tactical execution on a multitude of simultaneous projects
  • Experience managing creative teams in a high-pressure environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills which will enable him/her to interact with a range of personalities and styles and establish effective relationships at all levels of the organization; be highly self-motivated, well-organized and have a strong work ethic
  • Familiarity with animation software, hardware, databases and asset management systems
  • Knowledge of 2D, CG, VFX and/or video game production
  • Wide industry knowledge of talent, process and various pipelines
  • A track record of delivering animated projects on-time and on-budget
  • Experience in a large dynamic studio
  • Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.

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