Director of Development

Portfolio Entertainment Inc.

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018
PORTFOLIO ENTERTAINMENT is a creative-driven, fast-paced children's and family media company committed to embracing change and finding new approaches to storytelling. Our in-house animation studio is innovative and teeming with talent and our international distribution division takes our content worldwide.

For the past 28 years, we have prided ourselves on being creatively-driven, collaborative, innovative and diligent in achieving the highest of standards and excellence in a transitional and competitive landscape. We're brand builders, entrusted to safeguard iconic brands and to expand global franchises. We've been growing faster than ever before, boasting a vibrant creative culture that celebrates imagination and entrepreneurship in an expansive, modern space in Toronto's King west district.

We are currently looking for an experienced, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT to join our development team. Reporting to the Senior VP of Content, the Director of Development will play a key role in the continued growth of Portfolio's children and family development slate of scripted animation and live-action programming for the Canadian and international marketplace.

In this newly created position, you will be a creative champion, thought leader and brand ambassador. If you love the industry, can pitch your heart out, and are looking for a role where you can make an impact, we want to hear from you.


. Implement and execute Portfolio's creative and business strategy for building the company's development slate with the highest levels of entertainment and production value
. An out-of-the-box creative and strategic thinker with great instincts for generating ideas, and sourcing and identifying unique concepts that can stand out in a transitional and competitive landscape
. A pro-active self-starter with an ability to independently supervise, and collaboratively work with the creative community to develop IP from concept through to greenlight
. A keen eye for discovering new talent, while leveraging established relationships with creators, writers, artists, producers and agents
. Evaluate submissions, write coverage, provide feedback and make recommendations
. Work with concept, background and character artists while guiding the design process in all stages of development
. Write development proposals and produce marketing materials for development pitches
. Strong presentation skills; pitch creative concepts to industry executives
. Conduct extensive research and stay abreast of market trends in the TV and digital landscape
. Collaborate with business affairs to negotiate contracts as required
. Some travel required


. Minimum 6 years experience in a kids and family content development role
. Demonstrated track record in developing kids shows from concept to production
. Established industry relationships with the creative community
. A content enthusiast with a thorough knowledge of children's and family content across all media platforms
. You must live, eat and breathe cartoons!
. Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
. Bachelor's degree or equivalent

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and cover letter to:

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Portfolio Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer.
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