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Director - Talent and Strategy

Discovery Inc
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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Discovery Inc

Location: West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90046
Req ID: 2743

Discovery hires the very best and brightest talent who are enthusiastic and passionate to fulfill the company's mission of empowering people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity.

In exchange for their talent and drive, employees are provided with an engaging, diverse workplace and the resources they need to learn, thrive and grow in their careers.

Job Summary

Our Team
Global Talent Management & Operations (GTMO) is the connective tissue between onscreen scripted and unscripted on-camera Talent and the global businesses of Discovery Inc.

As the Talent's key relationship holder with Discovery Inc, GTMO strategically manages relationships with Talent, their representatives, production and internal clients to onboard, coach, advocate, enhance, prioritize and leverage the Talent to drive business value for subscriptions, ratings, revenue, relationships, renewals and brands, and effectively and efficiently manage their business strategy, leverage Talent across content and promotions, prioritize their activities outside of Production, and optimize global operations.

Working collaboratively as part of GTMO, Global Casting secures high profile celebrities for organic social, robust fan engagement and content by engaging strategic partners and content creators to strengthen and broaden relationships to usher in prestige projects, and raise the bar and cache of our brands and celebrities.

The Role
The Director of Global Talent Management for OWN and Global Casting position is a seasoned executive with deep contacts and connections across the entertainment industry, including music, film, TV, DTC, influencers, scripted TV studios, etc., who understands diverse audiences and content in order to identify high-profile Talent and celebrities, leverage those relationships for mutual benefit of Talent and company, identify projects and content that are a fit, review and evaluate scripted casting reels, participate in scripted casting discussions, and deliver celebrities and emerging Talent for priority content, events, VO, etc.
This position also serves to manage Talent on OWN, advise the brand on all Talent and celebrity related issues, book celebrities, manage scripted Talent, trouble-shoot celebrity and Talent issues, and focus on the business of celebrity and Talent branding to maximize opportunities worldwide.


Identify celebrities and high-profile Talent to leverage relationships for mutual benefit of Talent and company
Book celebrities for compelling content
Understand diverse audiences and content in order to bring, bridge and deliver inclusive storytellers, storytelling and celebrities and high-profile Talent
Manages scripted and unscripted Talent for on camera and VO
Works on social impact campaigns and helping with initiatives and securing Talent for them
Reviews and evaluates scripted casting reels and participating in scripted casting discussions
Understand and track emerging Talent for company projects
Identify projects and content that are a fit for brands, especially OWN
Engage internally to identify celebrities and high-profile Talent to support company priorities on social media platforms, at events, in content, etc.
Secure Talent for priority content, corporate initiatives, keynotes, guests, etc
Engage and bring original ideas to the table
Serve as point person and strategic counsel to key executives and external producers in connection with Global Talent Management, Talent business strategy, and issue resolution.
Actively engage OWN Talent very early on and build and maintain personal and business relationships, providing on-going guidance and management.
Understand the Talent inside and out - deal terms, personalities, interests, likes, dislikes, skills, expertise, etc., and apply such knowledge to successfully execute responsibilities.
Work closely with and build relationships with relevant internal (e.g., executive producers) and external parties (e.g., production companies, scripted studios, Talent representatives) to ensure a 360 degree Talent management strategy.
Manage and troubleshoot potential OWN Talent crisis, including personality driven concerns and contractual situations, before, during and after a Talent crisis to protect relationships with Talent/representatives and company's interests.
Accompany and manage OWN Talent and celebrities at company related activities and events
Screen, counsel and provide direction for all OWN Talent related requests both internal and external while understanding and assessing competing business priorities to leverage access to Talent globally.
Work in a matrixed fashion to develop a business plan to manage and maximize the Talent's brand.
Manage OWN Talents' schedules comprehensively across the company to ensure deliverables and key business strategies are achieved.
Identify and recommend specific short and long term business strategies and opportunities for Talent that match the network's interests to maximize Talent contracts, effectively utilize resources, and increase the profile of Talent while driving ratings, subscriptions and revenue.
Secure Talent's buy-in on such strategies/opportunities and manage approach to Talent to guarantee contractual compliance, manage expectations, and ensure successful execution of plans.


10+ years of experience in the entertainment industry, especially with scripted Talent
Proven successful track record casting for on screen and VO
Demonstrated success with celebrity booking
Managing and engaging high level, on-air Talent in scripted environment
Understanding of diverse audiences and content
Experience reviewing and evaluating scripted casting reels and participating in scripted casting discussions
Thorough knowledge of all areas of Talent business, including an extensive knowledge of Talent contractual terms
Knowledge of the top Talent agencies and management firms in the industry and relationships at such agencies/firms
A proven ability to exemplify calm and composure while handling Talent in a crisis situation
Excellent verbal and written communications.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a very high-volume workload.
Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to take the initiative, be strategic, make firm decisions, and offer a high level of client service

Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application process, please send an email request to HR@discovery.com.



Posted: 2021-06-01 Expires: 2021-07-02
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