London - Central

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Senior Manager, Production (Factual Ent /Reality) - C5192

12 month contract

A opportunity make your name at a major studio.

This role is responsible for the operational & logistical aspects of producing licensed formats.

Experience of working on Factual Entertainment/Reality/big studio shows essential.



Our client is a major international studio which, through its network of local production companies, produces and distributes a broad range of scripted and non-scripted programming. The company also licences formats across multiple territories.




This important role will oversee the logistics of producing new formats in local territories, from initially advising on budgets and schedules, to managing final delivery. The formats are predominantly factual entertainment, shiny floor shows and reality.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Advising a new licensee on potential budget and schedule for the format
  • Organisation of the creative Consultants who will support the licensee on producing the show (this will likely be a producer who has already made the show elsewhere)
  • Negotiate rates with Consultants
  • Distribution production materials to the licensee (eg Production Bible / Graphics / Music)  
  • Sharing best practices around international productions
  • Coordinating the company's “hub” productions (where there is one location for a particular show)
  • Budget negotiations and implementation of agreements with service providers, third party suppliers and vendors
  • Commissioning central services including assets such as games for studio shows, lighting, set builds, etc.
  • Oversight of central and studio set cost reports, liaising closely with the Finance Department on overall financial status and forecasting
  • Key point of contact and liaison for Legal, Finance and senior management for all operational issues related to international production.


You will also supervise and manage on a day-to-day basis the Junior-level Production Manager. 



With a proven track record of success as a Production Manager (or possibly commercially minded Producer), you will have an in depth understanding of the logistics of producing Factual Entertainment, Reality or big Studio Shows.

You should be skilled at suggesting alternative ways of achieving high calibre shows when there is a limited budget and be able to advise producers on efficient cost-effective workflows.

You’ll have your eye over multiple shows in multiple territories, so you should be superb and multi-tasking and have excellent attention to detail.

It’s also essential that you are able to communicate effectively and tactfully with persons on all levels (internally and externally).


If your skills & experience fit the above requirements and you would like a full Job Brief or to talk to us about this role, please send your details online (attaching your CV in WORD format).


If this role isn’t quite right, but you would like us to have your CV on file, please send it to


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