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Production Manager

Company Name:
The Walt Disney Studios
# Job Description
The Production Manager will manage production content, logistics and financial planning of a group of assigned shows or sport categories.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.
ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company's mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.
# Responsibilities
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
# Basic Qualifications
Possesses in-depth knowledge of the production of studio shows, remote events 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.
# Preferred Qualifications
Working knowledge of WebEX, Morello, NCS, ENPS and SAP preferred.
# Required Education
College degree or equivalent required.
# Additional Information
Imagine a career with an organization that brings smiles to millions every day. Imagine working with people whose passion for what they do is simply indescribable. We are The Walt Disney Company, live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and lifelong memories. With our vast array of both businesses and professionals, you'll have the opportunity to join a team that's beloved around the world, and to find out how it feels to love what you do. We invite you to discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you've been looking for.
ESPN is an equal opportunity employer - Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.
Job Posting Title: Production Manager
Job Posting Industries: Television
Primary Location-City: Bristol
Primary Location-State: CT
Primary Location-Country: US
Auto req ID: 200101BR

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