The National Geographic Television team is seeking a qualified candidate for a Director of  Development role.  This executive will help evolve and grow the brand through the development of innovative non-scripted series and specials for both linear television and Disney+. 


  • Implement the creative strategy as defined by the senior leadership team to increase viewership across multiple platforms through the development/production of unique, compelling, and brand-appropriate non-scripted content.
  • Manage complete ideation process, from conception, creating treatment, casting, sizzle tape, character sizzle tape, through to final greenlight.
  • Self-generate show ideas and concepts, and field pitches from outside producers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with producers and talent in the non-scripted series arena.
  • Provide ongoing guidance on key casting decisions.
  • Interface with production executives as needed on relevant production issues.
  • Partner with the Scheduling department on series launches, stunts and general programming needs.
  • Collaborate with other Nat Geo/D+ departments on various issues (Production Management, S&P, PR, Marketing, Digital Media, etc.) through development.
  • Manage special projects and assignments as required.
  • Speak at industry conferences and markets as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A track-record developing/producing commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed non-scripted series.
  • Deep understanding of the non-scripted development and production process.
  • An understanding of/appreciation for the Nat Geo brand and how it is expressed on multiple viewing platforms.
  • Strong relationships with non-scripted production companies, agents, producers, etc.
  • Demonstrated creative and development skills.
  • Self-motivated to develop new ideas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of management.
  • Ability to multitask and manage complex projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience.

Job ID R10012771

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