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ViacomCBS CULTURAL CONSULTANT in Burbank, California

About The Brand

For over 30 years, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio continues to be one of the largest producers of television animation in the world, reflecting all kids today. Based in Burbank, Calif., with offices in New York, the Studio, designed by our artists and for our artists, is home to the world's greatest creative talents. Our campus of creativity houses top-notch talent, storytellers, artists, production teams, voice actors, cartoon experts and more. At Nickelodeon, we are always looking to recruit dedicated craftspeople to help bring groundbreaking new ideas to life and that starts with you! We are leading the way in animated content for TV series, TV movies, shorts and theatrical features. Some of our new upcoming original animated series include, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, Rugrats, Middlemost Post, Star Trek: Prodigy, Big Nate and Santiago of the Seas, among others. Our content development teams are creator-driven, our work culture is collaborative, our mentorship of new talent is second to none, and we are committed to hiring inclusively to reflect authenticity in the diverse stories we want to tell. Join us!

Overview and Responsibilities

Summary:

The Series Cultural Consultant will work with a Upcoming CG Series production, and report to the series’ Producer in an effort to offer insight and guidance regarding the various characters and cultures represented in the content and within the crew. This role is responsible for keeping the content in accordance with Nickelodeon’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts and in alignment with ViacomCBS’ overall diversity and inclusion strategy.

While the Cultural Consultant will work primarily with series production and the series Executive in Charge (EIC) to help review/inform/educate on cultural matters indicative to the characters being portrayed. The consultant will also collaborate with Talent and PR departments to help ensure that the content and related talent are represented authentically that is as diverse as its audience.

Responsibilities:

  • Review series materials and assets at key creative stages (i.e. premises, outlines, script, storyboard, design, animatic and animation) to ensure the content is properly representative of the people, cultures, and backgrounds therein while keeping to production deadlines.

  • Identify potential character and story issues for production and suggest appropriate solutions that may include but are not limited to reference materials, 3 rd party business partners, and vendors.

  • Evaluate the cultural needs of the series and crew and offer support and guidance to maintain a diverse community.

  • Provide deep subject-matter expertise and lead series to problem solve, design, and deliver strategic solutions.

  • Provide specific, practical, and actionable tools and resources (i.e. guides, templates, questions, etc.) to help advance D&I efforts and provide a measurement of results.

  • Stay up to date on the latest topics and trends in the inclusion space.

  • Facilitate communication in a timely manner between production unit and studio regarding production issues, questions, and materials.

  • Host D&I-focused conversations with production, foster spaces for candid conversation. Provide on-going reporting in partnership with EIC, Recruitment, and PR to measure the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion practices.

  • Update Producer and EIC with status updates in a timely manner on the status of consultant-related efforts and projects.

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work well remotely, as well as within the studio space, in one-on-one and group settings.

  • Possess knowledge of animation production process creative/production process.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, email, Zoom, and various video-conferencing applications.

  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and collaborative skills to work effectively with diverse teams.

  • Experience presenting and communicating (written and verbal) with executives.

  • Ability to be self-directed, take initiative, manage multiple priorities, and work independently in a fast paced, fluid environment.

Additional Qualifications

  • BA/BS preferred, or 2 – 3 years of animation production experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must have cultural competency skills and thrive in inclusive environments working with diverse people, teams, and organizations.

  • Knowledgeable about childhood psychology and child development.

  • Experience working within the children’s television industry, well-informed on the kids’ TV landscape.

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

iCIMS ID 2021-15693

Job Locations US-CA-Burbank

Job Type Full-Time Staff

Brand Nickelodeon Animation