Job Op Ad of a Lifetime – “Television Series Showrunner”

For all the unemployed animation show runners who visit this site. (Actually, we know there are quite a few:)

Television Series Showrunner
7ate9 Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA


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Position Summary We are seeking a fabulously creative while extremely organized Show Runner for a new kids animation series. The Show Runner is considered to be the master strategist for physical production and is responsible for the timely delivery of the TV Series, while meeting creative and budgetary goals. He/she ensures that the schedule, budget, and scope are all aligned while managing studio directives and initiatives. Is this you? Primary Function

  • Manage and partner with creative team to meet the creative and logistics goals of the series.
  • Responsible for the master schedule and budget.
  • Create and contribute to a culture that creates an environment where the crew can do their best work.
  • Manage complexity by presenting core creative group with options and allowing them to prioritize their wishes.
  • Manage the vendors working globally to collaboratively put the show together.

Creative Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Act as Head Writer while manage staff writers, and assistant writers to develop story ideas, concepts and scripts.
  • Partner with EP and Supervising Director to create proven scenarios and schedules that accomplish creative and budgetary goals, and seek appropriate approvals from studio senior leadership.
  • Responsible for getting creative inventory in the pipeline. Work with staff to ensure approved scripts are ushered through the production pipeline on schedule and on budget. Ensure that alternate plans exist in the event that changes to the production occur.
  • Ensure key creative leadership team works well together and manage them toward reaching and delivering the creative goals of each episode, and the series.
  • Facilitate the Director’s creative vision via production strategy.
  • Partner with the EP to manage priorities for the creative feed and seek appropriate studio approvals.

Budget And Schedule

  • Create and manage the overall show budget and schedule. Work closely with the Executive Producer and Production Accountant to ensure that the budget and schedules are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Meet and work with Production Accountant on a regular basis to ensure cost report is accurate and timely.
  • Develop and maintain complexity plans and their impact to the budget. Work with Director of Production on a complexity plan that works within the framework of the budget and schedule.
  • Create an approval structure and offer support and advice to Production Staff to help solve production issues as well as manage deadlines.
  • Strategize how to maintain the budget while facilitating the Director’s vision.
  • Collaborate with external partner studios to discuss options regarding scope challenges, i.e., length, creative appetite, execution, etc.


  • Supervise the key creative leadership team of the show (i.e. Storyboard Directors, Supervising Producers, Production Staff, Editorial and, for CG series, Animation Director and Comp Supervisor, many of which are in separate offices Globally).
  • Complete and deliver the reviews for the key creative leadership team of the show.
  • Ensure communication channels are open within the show and that all departments are functioning to its full potential.
  • Help liaise with the Post coordinator to ensure edits and sound mixes are on schedule.
  • Work with the EP on employee relations issues involving the key creative leadership team and other issues elevated to her.
  • Keep communications with the studio during the weekly updates meeting regarding all issues and concerns with the series.
  • Oversee the credits process.
  • Work with the Post Supervisor to manage workflow and requirements for a vigorous delivery schedule.

Tone and Culture

  • Foster an environment of “how” vs. “no.” Create “laundry lists” and options for the creative team to choose from so they are figuring out “how” to accomplish a request vs. “no” it can’t be done.
  • Ensure that the show culture is one of timely feedback, including positive and developmental.
  • Foster an environment of collaboration as opposed to one of blame.
  • Foster an environment where mistakes are an opportunity for growth.
  • Be fair and neutral in conflict management issues.
  • Manage expectations around the schedule and creative goals so the crew is not surprised.
  • Inspire and support the crew on a daily basis to get the series done.
  • Remember to start from the place, “what is best for the show” not “what is easiest for the show.”
  • We’re a happy bunch; we want you to be too. The workplace, while stressful should be enjoyable.
  • We make kids content, so if you loathe children, this may not be the place for you.

Required Skills

  • Proficient computer skills; MS Word, Excel, Movie Magic
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Solid project management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to interact with all personality types
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment

Required Experience

  • 3-5 years as Executive Producer / Show Runner in animation

If the above sounds like you and an environment you’d like to work at, please cover letter, references and résumé to address below

Job Type: Contract

Job Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA 90038

Yeah, we know. There is no “address below.” Tells you something about how this job market thing works, doesn’t it? Here’s what some quick Googling found for you:

7ATE9 ENTERTAINMENT 740 N. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles CA 90038
Phone: 323.936.6789   Fax: 323.937.671
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