Full Time Job

TV Production Manager


Glendale, CA 07-17-2020
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

DreamWorks Animation Television has an exciting new opportunity for a Production Manager to join its team on an exciting CG show.

The Production Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day production schedule and crew under the guidance of the Line Producer. With direction from the Line Producer, the Production Manager modifies and adjusts the series and/or episodes schedules and implements strategies to stay on schedule and budget while encouraging the crew.

Primary Function:
• Ensure that the production is running efficiently and smoothly
• Oversee production staff and communicate regularly
• Put processes and practices in place to ensure crew is supported
• Have transparency into crew and understand the detailed status of the production and episodes
• Escalate challenges and issues to Line Producer and when appropriate other studio management, come with proposed solutions
• Manage the individual department, episodic, Partner Studio(s) schedules to ensure that they tie into the master schedule
• Enable and contribute to a culture that creates an environment where the crew can do their best work
• Manage, mentor, delegate and grow the Production Staff on the series

Essential Job Responsibilities:
• Manage the overall show schedule, track man-weeks and coordinate the day-to-day workflow
• Help to establish the org chart, division of duties and approval and production pipeline
• Provide input to the Line Producer and Production Accountant in creating and maintaining the production's staffing profile
• Work with the Supervising Producer, Director(s) and Art Director in conjunction with the Line Producer on the schedule and planning for their departments
• Under the guidance of the VP of Animation Production and the Line Producer, develop an effective relationship with Partner Studio(s), ensure daily communication, troubleshoot issues and potential delays
• Responsible for the information in production reports; including knowing what the information means, gaps that require discussion and trends that appear
• Attend pitches and other review meetings with Supervising Producer, Supervising Director, Director(s) and/or Art Director to ensure that the schedule is moving forward and/or specific issues are addressed and/or escalated
• Responsible for the proper introduction and onboarding of appropriate scheduling tools and processes to the crew
• Under the guidance of the Line Producer, review and approve timecards ensuring accuracy
• Run production meetings to ensure clear communication, dissemination of information, acknowledge accomplishments and discuss challenges
• Assist Post Production Supervisor in monitoring and facilitating retake process; ensure information is communicated in a timely manner and monitor retake budget.
• Advise the Line Producer of any potential problems or issues, particularly those impacting schedule, and come prepared with proposed solutions
• Provide mentorship and opportunities for growth for the production staff, including delegating targeted tasks and empowering the production staff to take on additional responsibilities
• Develop thoughtful and meaningful initiatives and events to elevate crew morale and to grow the series' team dynamic
• Work with the Line Producer to proactively ensure that the staffing needs of the show are met, when appropriate communicate need clearly to Creative Talent Management and Recruiting
• Assist Line Producer with performance reviews to provide the crew clear feedback with specific examples within the timeframe provided by the studio
• Under the supervision of the Line Producer discuss performance management or personnel issues and come prepared with suggested solutions and/or plans to resolve issues
• Under the guidance of the Line Producer, be transparent with the studio regarding pertinent issues and concerns with the crew and show leadership
• Ensure that the team culture is one of timely feedback (with both positive praise and constructive criticism)
• Foster an environment of collaboration and an environment where mistakes are an opportunity for growth
• When relevant and appropriate, convey studio initiatives to the crew

• Software requirements: Gmail suite, Microsoft suite and shotgun
• Comprehensive knowledge of the animation production process, TV experience preferred
• Communicates clearly and ensures that the correct internal and external groups are provided timely updates
• Ability to work with remote crew and independent contractors
• Manage and drive multiple and diverse responsibilities with a strong emphasis on organization and an unwavering attention to detail at all times
• Work to and meet strict deadlines often under pressure
• Proactive and positive thinker, able to exercise good judgment
• Use discretion and maintain confidential information
• Owns tasks and drives through completion
• Effectively communicates with respect and consideration with studio employees and Partner Studio(s) at all levels