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Director Development Literary Affairs


New York, NY, US, 10036

New York

Founded in 1912, Paramount Pictures works with talented filmmakers to produce and distribute entertainment around the world. The film studio’s iconic logo has opened some of the most successful and beloved films in cinematic history, including timeless classics such as The Godfather, Chinatown, Forrest Gump and Titanic; and blockbuster franchises such as Star Trek, Transformers, Mission: Impossible and Sonic the Hedgehog. Recent, innovative, break-out films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Arrival, Rocketman, and A Quiet Place have added to Paramount’s film legacy. With a beautiful 65-acre lot in the heart of Hollywood, a worldwide network of offices and a culture of engagement, Paramount Pictures’ passionate employees ensure the studio continues to deliver creativity and innovation to a dynamic industry. Paramount Pictures controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group. Paramount Pictures is a subsidiary of Paramount, which connects with billions of people worldwide through its global brands including MTV, CBS, Paramount Network, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and streaming service Paramount+.

Our group acts as Paramount Pictures’ eyes and ears in the publishing world to find books and other literary properties for the studio to acquire and develop into feature films. We are looking to add a Director to our team to help us identify material with adaptation potential. 

Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:
• Support SVP, Literary Affairs in implementing strategic direction of the department
• Source, track, and evaluate literary material (books, articles, graphic novels, short stories) at all publishing stages
• Generate weekly and multi-weekly reports informing executives of source material in the marketplace and apprising various executives specifically of titles selected to match their development needs.
• Have relationships with and understand the specific brands/needs of the producers on the lot to help find the right creative team for any given piece of material
• Advise and assist Paramount Pictures in the acquisition of the dramatic rights to source material
• Maintain large network of relationships with contacts in the publishing and dramatic rights marketplace, including literary agents, editors, and book-to-film agents.
• Establish and maintain systems, databases, and department infrastructure

• A minimum of 7-years’ experience in film and/or foreign scouting
• Must be a self-starter who works well autonomously
• Must have strong writing and excellent communication skills
• Must be a critical thinker with an ability to articulate material and ideas effectively with all levels of management
• Proven ability to work under strict time constraints and meet deadlines
• Must be detailed-oriented, organized and able to handle multiple tasks
• Strong development history and talent for identifying unique material
• Proven track record partnering with multiple disciplines on projects and practices
• An avid reader with a passion for many genres of books and movies





Hiring Salary Range: $100,000.00 - 130,000.00. 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement. This position is bonus eligible.


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


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Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City