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Manager, Creative Development

Creative Development | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is looking for a Manager, Creative Development.  The Creative Development team is responsible for developing and vetting new program ideas and genres for Sesame Workshop.   This will include work on new programs for in-house development, projects in development with distributors, Sesame Street animated content, and short-form.  The manager will be expected to share ideas, communicate feedback, and work closely with internal teams at Sesame to keep development projects running smoothly.



  • Identify content that aligns with Sesame Workshop’s mission and creative vision.
  • Manage information flow and editorial integrity during all phases of development from conception to greenlight.
  • Partner with Curriculum and Content, Research,  to develop creative assignments aligning to strategic goals.
  • Partner with Sesame Street production team to develop SST spin-offs and specials.
  • Build strong working relationships with distributors and content buyers.
  • Review and evaluate creative concepts, including but not limited to attending pitch meetings and providing coverage on pitches.
  • Review treatments and materials submitted from external creators and work with the development team to provide timely feedback.
  • Shepherd the greenlight process from concept to network pitch, including developing pitch materials such as show bibles and outlines.
  • Prepare and attend presentations and pitches to potential partners.
  • Work cross-functionally with departments like Curriculum & Content, Business & Legal Affairs, and Finance.
  • Stay on top of the latest trends and talent by researching, building and fostering relationships with the creative community, and attending industry events.
  • Consistently seek out new talent and voices; attend festivals and other events to help scout for creative talent and content.
  • Build and foster relationships with the creative community to stay on top of the latest trends, talent, etc.
  • Reach out to agents and producers to solicit new ideas.



  • At least 3-5 years experience in the broadcast industry.
  • Understanding of high-level producing and hands-on production (animation and live-action) is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of children’s television, educational media, and animation and live-action production workflows.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects in varying stages.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project timelines and meet deadlines within budgetary constraints.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Draft.



  • Able to multi-task at a high level and able easily adapt to fast-changing environments.
  • Highly collaborative – loves working with others.
  • Great problem solver and decision maker.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity