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Executive Producer, Series, Smithsonian Channel


New York, NY, US, 10036 Hollywood, CA, US, 90028

New York

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.

To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com.


Overview and Responsibilities

The Executive Producer develops, oversees, and supervises the editorial direction, field production and post-production of SMITH, MTV News and other documentary, news and factual programming within the MTV Entertainment group. S/he/they takes a leading role in the development of new productions working to extend the brand in new directions and into new genres. The Executive Producer has overall responsibility for the editorial direction and production of one-off specials and series. Work activities include developing programming, taking pitches, writing treatments, researching and assessing ideas and finished scripts, selecting key staff and pulling together all strands of creative and practical talent involved in the project.

The Executive Producer is one of five in this position and reports to the Head of Channel. The VP Original Documentaries has a dotted line to this role and will assign projects as well. This role works closely with Development, Production and Post-Production.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and develop programming for SMITH, MTV News and other MTVE brands.
  • Provide editorial direction and supervision for SMITH productions
  • Supervise and provide editorial critique for productions
  • Build and manage relationships with Smithsonian museums and departments
  • Create, build and develop relationships with documentary, factual and news production companies
  • Create and assess draft budgets
  • Supervise shoots in the field, as needed
  • Represent channel head at events as needed


Decision making/accountability:

The Executive Producer assists Production in developing budgets for approval. During Production and Post-Production, he or she is responsible for ensuring projects are in line with approved budgets. The Executive Producer, with the support of the post team, has the authority to shift amounts between budget line items on individual projects if necessary, to achieve better editorial product. The Executive Producer ensures on-time delivery of all final master tapes according to network technical and programming specifications.


Basic Qualifications

  • Must have 10 years' experience in long form non-fiction television production. Should have produced quality, ratings winning programming for national broadcast.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred, higher graduate degree viewed favorably.



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