Staff Writer - TRex Ranch

The Role:

Moonbug Entertainment is looking for a full-time Staff Writer for T-Rex Ranch, a live-action/animation hybrid show on YouTube aimed at kids 4-8. Passion for creating children’s entertainment is a must and we will ask qualified candidates to submit a writing sample in the kids’ space. Preschool, bridge or 6-11 samples are preferred.

The ideal candidate will have first-hand experience with the creative process from inception to post-production for digital platforms such as YouTube or traditional broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. Physical production experience is a big plus, as is experience in CG animation. You will be expected to take an active role in the production of episodes, from helping the in-house production team to reviewing edits and eventually covering set.

This is a demanding and fast-paced role that requires significant accountability and initiative. As an in-house staff writer, you may also be asked to work across other Moonbug shows, so knowledge of preschool animation and the broader kids’ entertainment world is highly preferred. This position will report into the Head Writer/Showrunner. This role reports on-site at our Los Angeles West Hollywood office.

This role works on-site at our Los Angeles West Hollywood Office.

Description

About Moonbug

Moonbug Entertainment is an award-winning global entertainment company behind some of the most popular kids’ titles in the world. Moonbug’s line-up includes global sensations CoComelon, Blippi, Little Baby Bum, Little Angel, My Magic Pet Morphle, Supa Strikas, Go Buster, Playtime with Twinkle, Gecko’s Garage, ARPO and many more.

Moonbug’s shows are on more than 100 platforms globally, including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Sky, Super RTL, BBC iPlayer, HBO Max, Tencent, Youku and Roku. In May of 2020, Tubular Labs named Moonbug one of the leading digital kids’ entertainment companies in the world based on the total number of minutes watched worldwide.

The company’s YouTube channels are viewed over 9 billion times on average every month globally and has more than 440m subscribers. Its portfolio currently stands at 29 IPs and 100+ brand partners and is available in 32 languages.

Moonbug is part of Candle Media, an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. By bringing together elite talent operating at the intersection of content, community, and commerce, it helps to position leading entertainment businesses for accelerated, sustainable growth in the current market and beyond. Candle is run by its Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and backed by investment capital from funds managed by Blackstone’s flagship private equity business.

The Role:

Moonbug Entertainment is looking for a full-time Staff Writer for T-Rex Ranch, a live-action/animation hybrid show on YouTube aimed at kids 4-8. Passion for creating children’s entertainment is a must and we will ask qualified candidates to submit a writing sample in the kids’ space. Preschool, bridge or 6-11 samples are preferred.

The ideal candidate will have first-hand experience with the creative process from inception to post-production for digital platforms such as YouTube or traditional broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. Physical production experience is a big plus, as is experience in CG animation. You will be expected to take an active role in the production of episodes, from helping the in-house production team to reviewing edits and eventually covering set.

This is a demanding and fast-paced role that requires significant accountability and initiative. As an in-house staff writer, you may also be asked to work across other Moonbug shows, so knowledge of preschool animation and the broader kids’ entertainment world is highly preferred. This position will report into the Head Writer/Showrunner. This role reports on-site at our Los Angeles West Hollywood office.

This role works on-site at our Los Angeles West Hollywood Office.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Film/TV, Communications, Creative Writing or Film Studies preferred.
  • 2+ years of creative media writing (at least partially in the kid’s space).
  • 2+ years experience in Children's Entertainment, Scripted Series and/or Studio/Production.
  • A Writer’s Assistant level of comfort with Final Draft and screenplay (single cam) formatting.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about live action children's entertainment.
  • Strong understanding of character and story, working to brand guidelines, and a grasp of visual filmmaking language and techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills; must be articulate and professional both in written and verbal forms of communication, particularly when it comes to emails, story documents, and pitches.
  • Ability to work proactively, independently and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment, with a high level of organization and attention to detail. Ability to time-manage across multiple deadlines is a must.
  • Able to interpret data and insights and leverage them in the creative process. Research and analytics experience a plus.
  • Be a grammar hero.
  • Highly collaborative, resourceful, curious, and calm under pressure with a good sense of humor.

Responsibilities

  • Write, edit and revise multiple episodes of short form, live action episodic content at a professional level.
  • Assist with content brainstorms and participate in writers’ rooms as needed.
  • Participate in creative calls with filming locations to inform script writing.
  • Research filming locations with an eye on tone, environment and storytelling for a target audience of 4-8 year-olds.
  • Work closely with the head writer and senior creatives to achieve a shared vision.

Benefits

  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)
  • Wellness Resources
  • Others