ESPN, Inc. Production Manager in Bristol, Connecticut

The Production Manager will manage production content, logistics and financial planning of college basketball across all ESPN networks, as well as a group of other TBD-assigned shows or sport categories.

This position is based out of ESPN’s world headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Responsibilities :

  • Oversees projects within college basketball and other assigned sports groups/show units (i.e. Sales and graphics coordination, creative content management)

  • Liaison for ESPN college basketball and other 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 units.

  • 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, and the different production models for live remote events.

  • 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 suite programs (i.e. Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), with particular expertise in Microsoft Excel.

  • A minimum of 7 years of production and/or operations experience.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Clear understanding of the different roles needed in the production of live events

  • Familiar with new technology advancements in multimedia video production

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about college basketball and/or prior work experience in collegiate athletics

Required Education :

  • College degree or equivalent

  • Advanced computer skills including traditional Microsoft Office programs as well as other cloud-based platforms

Preferred Education :

  • Degree or course work in Communications and Sports Management

Job ID: 621472BR

Location: Bristol,Connecticut

Job Posting Company: Media Networks