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VP, Programming

New York City, NY, USA | Discovery Communications

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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Develop and execute HGTV programming strategy. Conceive and create original programming, including series, specials, and stunts. Identify and develop new talent. Approves and guides creative and editorial decisions including casting, graphics and show titles.


1. Directs and controls a discrete original programming function typical of a network

2. Brings a steady flow of quality, cost-effective original programs to the network or business segment

3. Ensures production quality and adherence to established budgets and schedules

4. Evaluates the performance of assigned aspects of the original programming function against desired outcomes

5. Conducts complex, high profile negotiations to secure production and acting talent for original programs

6. Directs subordinate directors who oversee assigned original programming activities

7. Translates corporate programming strategies into short- and mid-term objectives for the function

8. Sets, approves and adjusts some policies and major operating procedures

9. Negotiates complex deals, often at top management level, that affect major aspects of functions performance

10. Directs multiple managers and professional individual contributor staff

11. Is accountable for the performance and results of teams focused on similar work, develops plans, including business, operational and/or organizational priorities

12. Makes decisions guided by resource availability and short-term functional or brand objectives

13. May spend up to 20% of time as an individual contributor performing assignments that require a higher level of experience or technical expertise than subordinates


* Typically requires BS/BA or MS/MA/MBA or other graduate degree in related discipline and at least 10-15 years of experience, including a management role

* Certification is required in some areas

* Knowledge of brand specific lifestyle programming and popular culture related to television programming

* Knowledge of brand specific tools, trends, styles, methods and materials

* Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to produce visual arts

* Knowledge of video/print/media production

* Knowledge and experience working in a variety of genres is essential (including genres outside of typical lifestyle programming like competition shows, live programs, occu-soaps, etc.)

* Experience in both development and production is key

* Ability to balance entertainment and information in programming

* Ability to identify, analyze and effectively critique content and storytelling

* Ability to manage the production process from concept to air or to other platforms

* Ability to act independently and responsibly

* Ability to work collaboratively with team members

* Negotiation skills

* Proficient working with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook

* Attention to detail, accuracy, and strong organizational skills

* Capacity to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Position may involve extensive travel to sets, meetings, etc. (may be as much as 20-30% of the time)

* Employees will also perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

* Must have the legal right to work in the United States

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