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Production Manager, Facebook Watch Series for Channel 4 News - 12 Month FTC in London,UK

Looking for: Project Manager
Budget: Negotiable

Production Manager, Facebook Watch Series for Channel 4 News - 12 Month FTC in London,UK

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

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To oversee and manage the production budgets for the Facebook Watch contract and to provide additional support to the Newsroom PM working on C4 news long form commissions, OB requirements and special events. They will work closely with the Operations and Finance Manager and commissioning team as well as the management accountants to ensure delivery of contractual commitments in terms of production schedules and budget requirements and all contractual reporting needs.


  • Preparation of project budgets and schedules in accordance with editorial brief and contractual requirements
  • Invoice processing including coding and accurate management of incorporation into cost manager systems, forecasting costs to complete, providing monthly cost reports
  • Preparing monthly reports on the Facebook Watch budget


  • Engage production teams as required by the production in collaboration with the Commissioning and admin teams
  • Arrange pre-production meeting to establish editorial requirements, schedule, health and safety issues, risk assessment needs and any compliance or legal issues relevant to the production
  • Manage production and post production technical and personnel workflow requirements for each individual project
  • Planning personnel (both freelance and staff) and resource allocation, including management of working hours, sickness and absence, identifying freelance needs (production staff, crew, post production crew and in vision talent) and maintaining database/contact list of suitable personnel to fill roles on current and future productions, whilst understanding cost implications and HR working policies to ensure all staffing issues across the department are dealt with efficiently, effectively and consistently. Raising and issuing appropriate freelance personnel contracts and purchase orders in line with HMRC guidelines for personnel working within the organisation
  • Working with Media Manager and Digital project manager to organise all aspects of post-production for the team – including ingest, editing, managing storage requirements and quality assessment for all projects prior to delivery
  • Managing and preparing call sheets , risk assessments (in association with Producers) and insurance cover requirements as required against each project
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with external suppliers (resources, kit, personnel) including management and negotiation of bulk discounts and best rate discussions
  • Book and manage internal and external resources, kit, staff and freelancers across all areas of production
  • Overview, management and prompt preparation of post production paperwork/legal reporting requirements including music cue sheets and release forms, copyright clearances, rights management and agency clearance and reporting
  • Cover for other Departmental Production Managers as and when required
  • Supporting the Department on extra projects as and when required
    Managing and scheduling of training in line with personnel requirements and budget

This Job Description identifies the main requirements of the role. It is not an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.


  • Hands-on Production Management skill with an undertstanding of digital platforms and specific digital production and delivery requirements as well as experience working in a more traditional newsgathering environment
  • Accurate financial, cost management, forecasting and reporting skills, including working with excel spreadsheets, combined with a keen awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision making
  • Excellent forward planning skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Extensive experience in identifying suitable freelancers to work across projects
  • Robust attitude to managing personnel and dealing with roster changes and project deadlines
  • Experience of workflow design and review, including working with a Media Manager to organise all technical aspects of production and post-production through to delivery for the department to include ingest, editing and long term storage
  • Thorough understanding of technical and personnel related production and post-production workflows
  • Experience of working with and managing risk assessments and insurance cover particularly in desingated hostile environments including added risk cover
  • Experienced in both UK and overseas filming requirements, carnet, travel and visa processes
  • Understanding of the current sanctions legislation and it’s implications
  • Highly computer literate
  • Able to remain calm under pressure and multi-task effectively
  • Able to work as part of individual teams and across the department, providing a cohesive presence
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Familiarity and understanding of HMRC’s Film Industry Guidelines in particular with regard to schedule D Status

Are you looking to pay or is this a collaboration?
Pay to hire someone

Is this ongoing work or a one off job?
Ongoing work

How would you prefer to pay?
Day rate

What’s your day rate budget range?

Do you have an estimate of the job or project length?
A few months

Are you a company or individual hiring?

Do you have internal sign off on the hire?

Do you need to hire for a specific city, country or place?
Yes, they need to be at a location (give location in job title)

When do you want to have the freelancer secured by?
2-3 weeks

What is most important for this job?

Twine can guarantee 3 relevant freelancers for an upfront fee of $650/£500. Would you like to know more?

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Do you have a job specification or creative brief?
Yes (please enter this in the description)

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Posted 3 months ago
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Last online: 3 months ago

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