Responsible for assisting the day-to-day production workflow for writing staff.
DreamWorks Animation Television has an exciting new opportunity for a Writers' Assistant to join its team based in Glendale, California.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Takes notes during internal Writer’s meetings and distribute notes with writing team.
- Take notes during weekly development meetings and Executive Producer meetings and distributes information to the team afterwards.
- Helps track script and series continuity to help Writers.
- Ensure that notes are accurately transcribed, saved in the appropriate format and distributed.
- Take notes during script breakdowns, input changes from breakdown for Head Writer to review.
- Conform scripts to edited dialogue, locked animatic, and locked picture. Must ensure that Writers always make revisions on recently conformed scripts.
- Generate conform drafts and cast lists for P1 and P2 outputs.
- Keep track of outstanding notes and ensure that Writers are always addressing the full range of notes for revisions.
- Attend production meetings and provide departmental writing updates. Communicate to team upcoming revisions expected to impact story, design/assets, and records.
- Responsible for proofreading and distributing all premises, outlines, script drafts and revisions.
- Catalogue premises, outlines and script submissions.
- Partner closely with Casting/Talent Relations on new character roles.
- Flags potential writing issues to Line Producer and/or Production Manager.
- Stays abreast of notes meetings and regularly elevates information appropriately to Line Producer and/or Production Manager.
- Coordinate with story department and Writers to ensure realistic, appropriate deadlines for script revisions. Communicate with Writers to ensure that they are aware of their deadlines.
- Coordinate with Executive Producers to ensure availability for relevant reviews and feedback for salient material.
- Updates and organizes files and database of all premises, outlines and drafts of each script, including submissions.
- Distribute log lines to Executive in Charge and/or Marketing as requested.
- Distribute and update the weekly script status report and coordinate the writing schedule; give updates at regular production meetings.
- Ensure that notes are received in a timely manner.
- Track and provide cast list with line counts for every script draft to other Production Staff and to Casting/Talent Relations when applicable.
- Partner closely with Casting/Talent Relations to ensure studio guidelines are followed and elevate concerns to Line Producer/Production Manager when appropriate.
- Manage calendar for Writers to ensure they are available for relevant meetings.
- Responsible for creating the show’s Series Bible. This includes creating detailed episode summary lists, descriptions for characters, props, and salient locations.
- Send scripts to Legal department for clearance. Ensuring that all script changes for Legal are effectively communicated to the team and implemented by all departments.
- Serve as main point of contact between production and the writing room. Answer story questions from production personal when appropriate and loop in Writers/Producers when necessary.
- Assist Writers in administrative tasks including filing JIRAs, printing, file organization, creating office order lists, cleaning up room, create and track expense reports, etc.
- Minimum 1 year of previous TV animation production experience required.
- Software requirements: Final Draft, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to multitask in a fast-paced production environment.
- May be requested to provide writing samples for consideration.
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Sub-BusinessFilm TV Production
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