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The Position:

The Vice President, Film for Topic Studios will report to the Executive Vice President, Film & Documentary, & play a key role in driving & defining the film business for the award-winning independent studio. This position will be located in New York.


  • Identify & source IP by engaging writers & filmmakers to shape film projects that meet the companys slate needs & targets 
  • Oversee the selection of feature film projects for the company, serving as the key creative voice from development through post-production
  • Run timely review & the creative notes process across all stages from scripts to creative approvals to dailies & cuts
  • Serve as the executive on set for active productions as needed to ensure smooth creative & production operations & report back to creative and production heads as needed 
  • Forge dynamic creative relationships between the company & key partners, including producers/production companies, buyers, filmmakers, actors & the key below-the-line talent  
  • Work closely with producers & talent agencies to package projects, & to source and track new projects  
  • Work with business affairs to drive dealmaking, including IP, talent & financing deals 
  • Collaborate with internal departments including finance, BALA, PR   
  • Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned

Background & Qualifications

  • A senior & seasoned executive with a minimum of 6 years experience in a senior creative role or as a producer with a proven track record of developing & overseeing successful independent & studio film projects
  • Possesses a deep understanding of the filmmaking process & narrative structure with written & verbal communication skills to help projects achieve their creative & commercial potential 
  • Ability to work intimately and collaboratively with top writers & filmmakers
  • A proven track record of supporting & actualizing notable film projects from start to finish  
  • A strong network of existing creative relationships spanning writers, filmmakers, producers, & executives across production companies & major buyers 
  • Working knowledge if not expertise with dealmaking, deal flow, film financing structures & waterfalls, as well as the physical production & post-production processes  
  • Management & leadership skills with proven ability to handle complex, fast-arising issues with both creative & financial implications 
  • Keen knowledge of the evolving marketplace for both independent & studio films
  • Willingness to travel frequently

Compensation (NYC Only): The salary range for this role is $180,000 - $210,000 annually. The salary offered will be determined based on relative experience, skillset & other job related factors.

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