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MSG Sphere Studio

Burbank, California - United States
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VP of Development - Hybrid

Description

Who are we hiring?
1. Establish, standardize & grow the Creative Department 2. General show development – Present, Near Future & beyond 3. Specific show development process and goals 4. Talent relationship & growth 5. Production support and feedback

What will you do?


1. ESTABLISH, STANDARDIZE & GROW THE CREATIVE DEPARTMENT

a. Work with Head of Creative and development team to create an organizational system that best suits current and future needs. Research, meeting notes, story documents and other crucial learnings will be sorted in a way to best fit the team and MSG Studios for all projects and concepts.

b. Establish methodology for workflow and responsibilities. Design a system to be lean and efficient, to help grow projects for pitch, greenlight & production.

c. Clarify and strengthen relationship to other departments. Successful MSG Sphere events will rely on all departments coordinating well with each other.


2. GENERAL SHOW DEVELOPMENT – PRESENT, NEAR FUTURE & BEYOND

a. Participate in current MSG Sphere Studios Shoots. (Duties enumerated below in 5a)

b. Build ideas for “Next Development.”
i. Pitching in 2022/2023, production in 2023/2024 & exhibition in 2024 and 2025
ii. Coordinate with the Chairman’s office as needed

c. Select and grow additional ideas for “General Development.”
i. Pitching in 2023 and beyond, production & exhibition in 2024, 2025 and beyond
ii. Coordinate with the Chairman’s office as needed

d. Develop ‘sequel’ and ‘spinoff’ concepts for successful shows.

e. Develop concepts to ‘update’/’upgrade’ shows that will be displayed in proceeding years at future Sphere locations.
i. Analyze VFX/4D to be upgraded
ii. Research 4D to be altered per new specs of different locations
iii. Discuss additional new scenes, voiceover and/or narration as added content


3. SPECIFIC SHOW DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND GOALS

a. Build internal idea development process. Using specific (and ever-growing) knowledge of what shows are needed for Sphere, concepts should be generated that are ripe for further development. Internal research can lead to Open Directing Assignments when they are ready for external talent attachment and pitching.

b. Clarify external idea intake and approval process. When external talent approaches Sphere with concepts for Sphere shows, there should be an evaluation system in place to identify which concepts will work and are worth further investigation and development.

c. Begin and continue general story/IP research process. Opportunities may arise to build Sphere Show concepts based new or existing Intellectual Properties.
i. Articles, Books, Songs, Etc
ii. Part of the Department’s mission should be to seek out and present any potential candidates that are worth further discussion

d. Establish workflow process: from initial idea to MSG approval pitch. The above processes should be streamlined so that the maximum number of ideas can be put into the Creative Department workflow.
i. This should provide a large and diverse selection of ideas to pitch for greenlight and production
ii. The process can evolve as Sphere Shows release and audience response

e. Collect internal & external data on potential show audience and interest. To identify and build the Sphere Shows with the greatest audience potential, research and market studies will help compliment the creative materials.
i. Data will aid in the decision making during the greenlight process
ii. Adapt to create budgets that reflect potential demand for different shows

f. Pitch shows to MSG for approval/greenlight with appropriate materials. Once the potential MSG Shows have been identified, developed with attached talent, and then supported by statistical market surveys and audience research studies, they can move on to the pitching phase.
i. This may include building decks, visual aids, sizzle reels or test studies
ii. The pitches will be designed to allow next steps – greenlight, prep and production – to commence in an efficient, economical and clear manner


4. TALENT RELATIONSHIP & GROWTH

a. Continue to have general meetings and Sphere Studio Tours to help build and grow relationships. The more diverse a group of talent that are educated about the MSG creative technology, potential and vision, the greater pool of resources there will be to choose from as future shows develop.
i. Directors/Writers
ii. A-List Creatives (Visual Artists, DJs/Musicians/Composers)
iii. Creative Partners

b. Grow agency and management relationships. There will always be key new talents around the world who have amazing immersive stories to tell that could be perfect matches for the Sphere. The most efficient and effective ways to be exposed and introduced to these talents is via their representatives.
i. General in-town meetings
ii. NYC meetings when in town
iii. Host and co-lead specific Burbank and Vegas tours
iv. Build reputation of Sphere on our terms

c. Additional focus on outside the Entertainment Bubble. Generational talent does not only reside in the Los Angeles and NYC regions. Value flexibility and reaction to potential creative & diverse talent on a national and global scale, opportunities for future Sphere shows in all entertainment genres are harnessed.
i. Sports
ii. Space
iii. Music
iv. Live Performance
v. Technology/Robots/AI

d. Attend Media festivals for both learning and relationship connections. It is key to be proactive in seeking out talent/concept/tech opportunities at events where that talent reliably gathers. There are key relationship connections to make while also representing MSG Sphere Studios as a global creative entertainment force.
i. Tribeca, SXSW, Sundance and other media festivals
ii. MIT, NYU, USC, UCLA, Cal Tech and other research institutions
iii. Assorted Media and Technology Festivals

5. PRODUCTION SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK

a. Observe and learn from past and current productions. To help onboard and educate new external creatives, there is a need to be up-to-speed on all the latest learnings and results of current productions. This synergy will help create future shows that benefit from all the experiences of past and current tests & productions, so that Sphere shows will always grow from a creative, practical, logistic and budgetary mindset.
i. Review all previous footage for learnings
ii. Assist in Missing Pieces and other groups in content organization
iii. Accompany Test shoots when possible, to facilitate learnings
iv. Observe Show 1 (and beyond) shoots when appropriate and feasible, so that the Creative department is always on the same creative and practical page as other departments

b. Propose and participate in aspects of immersive testing. When there is a solid idea of the general scope of an upcoming project/pitch, there can be coordination along with Capture and Post to create specific, low-cost tests that can help prove-out technical and creative ideas on a small scale, so that the larger scale shoots have the greatest chance of success.

c. Research & report on competitive shows and events. In order to understand the local competition there is for ‘eyeballs’ in Las Vegas and other potential Sphere locations, the development team needs to have a thorough understanding with current and future entertainment options to both tourists and local residents in these locations. An on-site initial deep-dive will help establish the current ‘playing field’, and then regular follow-up visits will help ensure an informed & specific focus on what/who the competition is, and how best to attract talent to program and counterprogram against them for the best possible benefit for future Sphere Show development.
i. Summer & Fall ’22 Las Vegas research to sample all relevant shows & events
ii. Report on Findings to other departments
iii. Follow-up visits as new competitive events premiere
iv. Track ‘one-off’ events (Formula 1, Super Bowl, Final Four, etc)

d. Seek out and study other similar media and technology. To maintain and grow status as worldwide leaders in Immersive Entertainment, new emerging forms of experiences that are Sphere-adjacent should be monitored & explored.
i. Similar Dome Exhibitors
ii. Immersive events
iii. Experimental Audio performances
iv. Haptics, Scent and other 4-D events


What do you need to succeed?

1. Minimum ten years in feature film and/or television Development experience.
a. Experience creating pitch materials, treatments, drafts, redrafts
b. Experience creating notes and studio comments for delivery and discussion to executives, talent and directors
c. Current A-List creative relationships in entertainment industry
d. Current Top-Tier executive and agency connections
e. Experience identifying, negotiating and buying IP for development

 

2. Minimum five years of feature film and/or television Production experience.
a. On-Set Producer experience with knowledge of how productions, budgets and schedules are created and function in relation to daily work
b. Post-Production experience (supervision of editorial, vfx, scoring and marketing)
c. Experience preparing physical productions (scouting, budget analysis, previs & storyboard supervision, etc)
d. Experience on location, dealing with production & studio issues from a distance

 

3. Minimum two years of Immersive Technology experience.
a. Experience in non-traditional storytelling via cutting-edge immersive technology
b. Experience in assisting new technology development for changing storytelling needs
c. Connections within AR/VR/XR industry and business


Why is MSG for me?
With MSG Sphere, we are creating an entirely new medium that will deliver immersive entertainment experiences at an unparalleled scale. Beyond a venue, Sphere is a multi-sensory platform with experiential technology programming directly to your senses. You will see in ways never imagined, hear with every fiber of your being, and experience like never before. To deliver on this promise, we are building the largest immersive venue in the world, MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with a second Sphere venue planned for London, pending necessary approvals. To create immersive experiences, and content unique to Sphere, we are growing our full stack creative, experience, design, production and engineering team across our Burbank studio in Los Angeles and Ventures headquarters in New York.

We focus on Career Development and Invest in YOU
Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred. Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

We value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds
At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations. #LI-SA1