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Development Executive Cherokee Film


Includes the following:

· Identifies and sources intellectual property (“IP”) by engaging writers and filmmakers to shape film projects that meet company slate needs and targets.

· Oversees the selection of feature film projects, serving as the key creative voice from development through postproduction.

· Runs timely review and creative notes process across all stages from scripts to creative approvals to dailies and cuts.

· Forges dynamic creative relationships between the company and key partners, including screenwriters, producers/production companies, buyers, filmmakers, actors, and below-the-line talent.

· Works closely with producers and talent agencies to package projects, and to source and track new projects.

· Acts as primary liaison with Cherokee Film entertainment counsel and Cherokee Nation Businesses legal counsel to drive dealmaking, including IP, talent, and financing deals.

· Oversees daily operations of CFP film and TV development.

· Responds to requests for information from people interested in CFP.

· Promotes CFP at in-person or virtual events, as needed.

· Networks with Cherokee and other Native American screenwriters.

· Oversees the marketing of CFP development through appropriate channels.

· Serves as CFP development liaison with the public relations specialist for Cherokee Film.

· Assesses and analyzes program needs and reports those to leadership and consultants.

· Works collaboratively with the Cherokee Film leadership and consultants hired to lead CFP development.

· Attends regularly scheduled virtual and in-person team meetings and other meetings with industry stakeholders.

· Works actively with the employees of the other 3 branches of Cherokee Film (CF Studios, Institute, and Commission) to ensure alignment of goals and mission.

· Works actively with tribal, local, and state educational, industry, film offices, and political partners to maintain partnerships, as needed.

· Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned.


Supervise/manage a department and have authority over hiring/firing/performance decisions.


Bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts, film and production or related field and five (5) or more years of experience in the film and media industry with three (3) or more years of experience in the film/TV industry development space and two (2) or more years program management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing a creative team, as well as, prioritizing projects with competing deadlines required. Experience with Google Drive Suite and Microsoft Teams required.


· Working knowledge of narrative storytelling.

· Working knowledge of Cherokee and Native American history, people and current issues.

· Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

· Excellent organizational and project management skills including excellent attention to detail.

· Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

· Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively as part of an existing team.

· Ability to assess, analyze, and report information to stakeholders.


Work will be performed in a variety of settings, including climate-controlled office and outdoors in all types of weather. Employee may be called into work outside of standard work hours. Will be required to travel including overnight stays.


This is an at-will position subject to the terms of an Employment Agreement.


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