Job ID 563207BR
The Production Manager will manage production content, logistics and financial planning of a group of assigned shows or sport categories.
- Oversees projects within assigned sports groups/show units (i.e. Sales and graphics coordination, creative content management)
- Liaison for assigned sport/show categories between Production, other ESPN departments and outside entities.
- Manages the training and guidance of staff and freelance Talent, Producers, Directors, Graphics/Playback Producers, Associate Directors, Associate Producers and Production Assistants on the systematic processes of assigned sport/show unit.
- Responsible for training new hires and direct reports on Production departmental processes and procedures.
- Responsible for recruiting, selecting and hiring of various levels of Production personnel, for specific production groups, sport categories/show units and production management team.
- Oversees scheduling of assigned personnel, regarding event and show assignments, time management and facilities.
- Provides objective feedback and coaching on performance to staff and freelance personnel and shares feedback as required; participates in the growth and development of assigned personnel.
- Directly manages other Production Coordinators and Sr. Production Coordinators (including goal setting, mid and year-end reviews, input for promotion recommendations and growth and development).
- Oversees the planning and implementation of production clinics, seminars, workshops, surveys and meetings for production personnel.
- Project and review plans for production facility needs for assigned sports/shows.
- Negotiate agreements for production services (with external personnel, companies, vendors, entities; in conjunction with ESPN Legal and/or Contract Management departments, requests and executes contracts for negotiated agreements.
- Includes technical, logistical, financial and administrative aspects of productions in assigned areas.
- Collaborates with VP, Sr. CP and CP to ensure that assigned productions meet established network creative and technical specifications, business objectives and financial goals.
- Collaborates with VP, Sr. CP and CP to define Production goals and measure objectives.
- Decisions are guided by established corporate policies and Production operational policies.
- Work is reviewed from a mid to long-term perspective and against defined objectives, budgets and schedules.
- Responsible for the handling and trafficking of sensitive information (budgetary, fee-related, etc.)
- Responsible for dealing with time-sensitive materials and decisions.
- During Production peak times remains accessible and is often required to work non-traditional days/hours.
- Traveling for productions (domestic and international) may be required.Directly manages one or more direct reports
- Possesses in-depth knowledge of the production of studio shows, remoteevents and/or packaged shows.
- Advanced knowledge of the operational and logistical aspects of production planning.
- Experience in working with external entities for independent or joint venture productions.
- Extensive experience in various aspects of production management (i.e. processing contracts and invoices, creating, maintaining and distributing production information, travel management, production personnel scheduling/staffing).
- Financial management experience including management of six-figure plus budgets.
- Strong managerial skills
- Strong communication skills (i.e. clear and concise in all forms of communication, ability to handle high-volume email and phone traffic as well as in-person interactions)
- Must possess strong organizational skills (i.e. budgeting time and prioritizing workload, accuracy and attention to detail in all tasks, ability to implement systematic processes and organize information flow).
- Demonstrates ability to take initiative; suggests ideas and solutions to problems that arise or before they occur.
- Must understand the value of synergy in a dynamic organization.
- Has demonstrated ability to react quickly and positively under a wide variety of sensitive production situations that arise and are subject to continual change.
- Has advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
- A minimum of 7 years of production and/or operations experience.
- College degree or equivalent
Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.