Story Development and Production Lead

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 leader to join Episode’s Story team to develop and launch new Episode series.


  • 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
  • Field pitches from outside artists and partner with the art team to create character art, concept art, and all other story art
  • 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 art and animation
  • Partner cross-functionally on Episode launches, press, marketing, data analysis, and general programming needs
  • Lead and mentor team members


  • Passion for great visual storytelling, artwork and for Episode’s vision and current audience
  • Significant experience as a storyboard artist or animation director on commercially successful fictional stories for a mass market
  • 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

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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