Production Manager

Apr 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
Ms. Tom Fritschie
Full Time

The Production Manager is responsible for the organizational, logistical and technical aspects of production for the PBS NewsHour broadcast, including associated contributing elements and special events. Candidate will liaise closely with all Department Heads, Executive and Deputy Producers, Senior Editors, Producer/Reporters, Assignment Editors, Broadcast Directors and co-production companies. The Production Manager ensures that production runs smoothly and deadlines are met in accordance with budgetary and union constraints. Candidate will deal with any contingencies during production and prepares workable alternative plans for unforeseen problems in a deadline driven environment.

On a daily basis, the Production Manager is aware of all pending production elements and processes. This includes assigning technical facilities and editors, acquisition of remote studios (domestic and international), arranging timely technical delivery of remotely produced tape pieces and news acquisition feeds, vendor negotiations, technical advising, budget management, contract compliance and communication of deliverable specifications for the broadcast. The Production Manager prepares schedules, acquires studio and technical personnel and allocates sufficient time and resources for all aspects of the production process.

The Production Manager supervises the following staff and independent team members:
- News Desk Assignment Editor
- Associate Production Manager
- Technical Editors
- Makeup Artists

- 7+ years experience in live news production and Bachelors Degree
- In depth understanding of the technical process involved in television production, including contracts and union represented personnel
- Ability to plan, manage and perform well under pressure
- Ability to troubleshoot in a fluid environment before and during broadcasts
- Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
- Proven track record of effectively working with all members of production teams, outside contributors and the public

The Production Manager is based in the Studio Building and reports to the Director of Production Operations.

Contact: Tom Fritschi,
Salary: Negotiable commensurate with experience

We have an immediate need to fill the Production Manager position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to

No phone calls please. Principals only.


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