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Showrunner/Head Writer - New NBA Animated Series (Temporary)

Content | New York City / Remote (US) | Temporary

Job Description

About Us:

Bleacher Report is the social voice of sports – creating and collaborating on the culture of sports for the next generation of fans. Our vision for making sports bigger than games has led to unmatched engagement. Bleacher Report also provides an industry-leading fan experience on mobile devices through it’s highly addictive app. Follow the action at and on Instagram and Twitter @BleacherReport.

Bleacher Report has released four animated series: Game of Zones, a mashup of the NBA and

Game of Thrones, Gridiron Heights, a fictional town where NFL players live during the football season, The Champions, a reality show parody where Champions league soccer players and managers live together in a Bachelor style mansion, and Role Players, which places some of the NBAs favorite characters into different scenes from iconic movies, tv shows and games. The series are different in animation style, premise, and length, but they both deliver in commenting on their sport in a humorous manner that allows fans to connect to their favorite players in a new way.

About the Role:

The Animation Studio team is looking for an experienced Showrunner/Head Writer to run the creative for a new NBA series.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Know how to organize and manage teams

  • Work with multiple groups across different departments

  • Collaborate with writers and producers on episode ideas

  • Manage writers and run writers rooms

  • Collaborate with animation team on visual execution

  • Direct voice talent during records

  • Fielding and responding to notes from internal execs

  • Proven aptitude in all aspects of storytelling including writing, animatics, and directing

  • Show creativity and be a thought and idea leader

  • Display a knowledge of NBA and its associated culture

  • Experience working with 2D animated productions and pipelines

  • Previous experience working in scripted comedy

  • Possess a hunger to work hard and an ability to get things done

  • Keep production on schedule and stay within budget

  • Experience managing, providing script notes and leading the creative from concept to final script


Please submit a packet to submissions@bleacherreportcom by Sunday, November 15, 2020. You must also sign and return the submission agreement, or we cannot read or consider your packet. You will receive this form once you submit your packet.  

You can write your submission in whatever program you prefer, but please submit it as a PDF. It is very important that your name, email, phone number - any identifying information - is listed on the cover page (part 1) ONLY. This is because we will be removing the cover pages and reading all submissions blind.


  1. Please include a brief cover letter, your resume, contact info, as well as links to anything you’ve worked on that you’re proud of and would like to share. Keep this on a separate page as it will not be read along with your writing samples.

  2. Submit a Role Players spec script. This should include a logline, along with the full script. You can utilize any NBA players and parody any movie or TV show. Format your script however you are comfortable, just make sure it is internally consistent and easy to understand. It should be approximately 6 pages long.

  3. Please watch the following Role Players episodes before writing your spec script:

    1. Episode 1 (Block Mirror parody) 

    2. Episode 2 (Courtnite parody)

    3. Episode 3 (Mandalorian parody) 

    4. Episode 4 (Stranger Things parody) 

  4. Submit 2 pieces of writing you have done previously. They can be sketches, short stories, listicles, pilots. Anything that shows off your personal sense of humor.

  5. (Optional) Write 1 short pitch of a concept for a new NBA animated series. These can be written out in paragraph form or with bullet points, whatever is best to get your point across. If you’re pitching a concept, you’re welcome to include a spec script for that idea instead of a Role Players spec script. 

Bleacher Report is a division of WarnerMedia, LLC.  Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.