Lead Story Artist

Episode is a mobile animated interactive storytelling network and marketplace created by Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment and games company. Episode empowers storytellers to create mobile-first stories, aiming to define storytelling for the 2+ billion people on mobile with stories that are part TV, novel, movie, and mobile game. Since launching in 2014, readers have read over 2 billion episodes and over 4 million storytellers have signed up to create their own stories, including award-winning screenwriters and published novelists.

Episode also partners with major studios and industry stars to create stories such as Mean Girls: Senior Year and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame.

We are looking for a creative visionary and leader--a “showrunner-type”--to join Episode’s story team to develop and launch new Episode series from start to finish.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead development of new Episode series from pitch through pilot, and through production of multiple seasons
  • Board ideas and scenes to drive exceptional visual story development
  • Build and maintain relationships with great story artists and other visual storytellers, identifying the talent of tomorrow and building strong teams
  • Guide strong visual storytelling, using Episode’s existing visual libraries and partnering with Episode’s artists and animators to expand those libraries as necessary for each production
  • Seek out, respond to, and iterate based on qualitative and quantitative feedback throughout the development and production process for story, art and animation
  • Field pitches from outside artists
  • Lead and mentor team members

 

Qualifications:

  • Passion for great visual storytelling and for Episode’s vision and current audience
  • Significant experience as a storyboard artist, animation director or other well-qualified visual storytelling professional on commercially successful fictional stories for a mass market
  • 10+ credits as story artist or 3+ credits as director on TV episodes, features or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the visual creative process from concept through production, including a deep understanding of visual continuity and story
  • Demonstrated creative development and management skills
  • Strong existing relationships with artists, animators and other visual storytellers
  • Excited to develop new ideas and build new relationships
  • 7+ years of visual storytelling experience in animation or similar field

 

Our Benefits:

Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

 

 


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