Launchpad Program Manager - The Walt Disney Studios

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world-class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

The Walt Disney Studios encompasses the creation, production, promotion, sales, acquisition and domestic and international distribution of live-action and animated motion pictures, home entertainment releases, live stage plays, and music and soundtrack recordings.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Launchpad Program Manager in Burbank, CA. This is a 12 month project hire role anticipated to end by September, 2020.


Role will be primary contact for market outreach and act as the selection process lead for Disney’s Launchpad Incubator. Additionally, will manage day-to-day Disney Launchpad processes, including:

  • Selection process of up to 5K applicants
    • Third-party screeners
    • Review applications
    • Project manage website/CMS weekly with vendor
    • Speak internally about program (when Director, D&I Market unavailable)
  • Physical Production, in partnership with Disney Live Action
    • Bi-weekly budget and production meetings
    • Oversee physical production of up to 6 shoots, including on-set visits
    • Recruit crew
  • Mentorship process
    • Lead and organize mentorship trainings and meetings
    • Develop overall script development and post-production process
  • AFI Education
    • Host each nighttime class and one Saturday field trip to the AFI campus. (Held once or twice on the Disney lot for 13 weeks). Moderate Q&A with Disney executive (prep them beforehand).
  • Launchpad Directors
    • Check-in weekly and course-correct program based on feedback
    • Work actively with Disney+ for Phase 2 of the program - further development
  • Legal
    • Oversee and manage bi-weekly legal work
  • Manage day to day Disney Launchpad marketing and comms (w. Director oversight)
    • BTS
    • Marketing and materials (sizzle reel, key art, movie posters)
    • Social Media
    • Premiere/cast and crew screening
    • Comms
    • Synergy opportunities

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of creative executive work, preferably within a Studio or related creative environment
  • Proven ability to develop and execute initiatives that require broad-based buy-in for success
  • Strategic thinker with superior collaboration skills
  • Keen understanding of the creative process and strong script development skills
  • Ability to influence and work through others in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong external / industry network of creative talent including strong relationships with writers, directors, agents, managers and other executives including SVOD (Netflix, Amazon, etc.)
  • Recognizes creative talent quickly and builds long-term relationships

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previously established and/or led an inclusion talent development program such as a writers, directors or actors program
  • Worked in a “new media” creative environment such as SVODs or OTTs
  • Deep understanding of the shifting media landscape and what stories resonate
  • Comfortable interacting with high-level creative talent

Apply here!