We are seeking an experienced Production Manager to help manage both internal and third-party productions of documentary series. Responsibilities include establishing and curating vendor and staff/crew relations, reviewing budgets and supporting/suggesting best practices from pre-production through to delivery. 

People who excel on this team are positive, kind, self-motivated, flexible of thought, and able to juggle multiple responsibilities with a strong emphasis on organization. We value people who are creative problem-solvers, have great judgment, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-Production/Setup of Show
    • Work with Finance, Legal, Creative, Studio Technology, Post and external production teams to build production schedules and workflows to balance high creative ambition with cost.
    • Set up productions to return to work safely.
  • Budgeting
    • Work with Showrunners, EICs, and Line Producers to prepare and vet show budgets and schedules, providing feedback internally and externally on viability and risks. 
    • Collaborate with internal and external teams to lock budget
    • Track and manage all related costs, keeping stakeholders apprised of status
    • Help ensure that productions run smoothly, remain safe, meet deadlines and stay within budget. 
  • Scheduling
    • Create/Help inform and draft overall production schedule.
    • Collaborate with internal teams and external production team to lock schedule.
    • Troubleshoot and communicate all changes to schedule to internal and external teams.
  • Staffing/Vendors
    • Lead or assist with search and hire of key production staff. 
    • Determine key vendors to accommodate creative vision and relationships, tax incentives, budget needs, location issues.
    • Help maintain/curate preferred vendor list. 
    • Ongoing Production Support
    • Problem-solving as issues arise throughout production and establishing an open dialogue with external production partners.
    • Working with Production HR and Diligence teams when issues arise to ensure crews and participants are treated with respect both on and off set.

Qualifications:

  • 6+ years experience with documentary series production management at an executive level covering both in-field and network or production company roles.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and lead both internal teams and external partners with empathy.
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced environment simultaneously supervising several projects in various points of production (from development through delivery).
  • Familiar and experienced with the current trends and workflows for both HD and 4K.
  • Inclusive team player who operates in a collaborative, fast-paced, team-oriented setting.
  • Ability to be discrete and maintain confidential information.
  • Willingness to continue learning to ensure understanding of the current production process, gear, and communication tools.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multitask.
  • Proficiency in Movie Magic Budgeting, Google Suite, and management level knowledge of post workflows and systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of budgeting including market rates on labor, gear and facilities as well as guild and union guidelines.
  • BA/BS Degree or equivalent industry experience.

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