Breaking in as a Creative Exec in TV

Breaking in as a Creative Exec in TV


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Breaking in as a Creative Exec in TV



  • Newbies to entertainment
  • People making a career change
  • Recent grads
  • People who haven’t landed their first development/creative exec role


  • Basics of the inner workings of the industry
  • Information on the duties of Creative Execs and other Creative Producing jobs
  • Job search, resume, and interview tips


  • Help brainstorming show ideas
  • Notes on writing projects


In Breaking In as a Creative Executive for TV, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry. By the end of the term, you will:

  • Understand the Development Pipeline, how studios, production companies, and networks work together to create television, and what Creative Execs do along the way
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc.
  • You’ll have a clear picture of how this career path works, what the jobs are along the way, and what the job application process is like.
  • Learn how to show up professionally so that bosses take notice of you
  • Develop tools for managing the stresses and anxieties that come along with making the leap into the industry

Qualification Criteria

Student (final year)
Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Friday afternoons
Timezone: PST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit a personal statement explaining why this circle is right for you.

Circle Leader

Hannah Settle

Hannah Settle is currently a Director of Development and Current Series at Paramount in their adult animation department, overseeing shows like Beavis and Butt-head and Clone High.

Previously she was VP of Development and Production at Derek Waters’ Be Nice or Leave Productions, where she managed a scripted and unscripted slate of projects. She was also an Executive Producer of the 2021 SXSW short film The Other Morgan, written and directed by Alison Rich (The Goldbergs). Prior to that, she was an Associate Producer on HBO’s Emmy award-winning VEEP for two seasons. She produced Cameron Esposito’s standup special Rape Jokes, which was listed in the Top Ten Standup Specials in 2018 by Time Magazine and Vulture and raised $100,000 for RAINN. She has produced multiple live branded events for Funny or Die, including Amazon’s The Rose Parade with Cord and Tish, featuring Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, and The MLS Heineken Announcer Remix, featuring Andy Daly and Cobi Jones. For 4 years she produced a popular weekly UCB standup show with Cameron Esposito and River Butcher called Put Your Hands Together. She also co-founded a women’s entertainment group, which in 2017 had a featured spread in The Hollywood Reporter. She worked on HBO’s Silicon Valley as an executive assistant to Mike Judge for three and a half years.


Current Title: Director of Adult Animation Development and Current

Studio / Employer:  Paramount Global


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