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Production Manager

  • News UK
  • London, UK
  • 20/12/2021
Full time Executive Management Producer / Production Content Creation

Job Description

Production Manager (12 Month FTC): You will lead a team of production coordinators, production secretaries & production runners working across both studio & office production. You will be responsible for a large production budget and the production management team. 


Day to day:

  •  Manage the costs alongside the accounting team for all programming tracking all production spends

  • Managing invoices & spends for all suppliers including crew, set build, studio & office costs

  • Oversee the production and edit schedules, updating information on a regular basis on staffing, studio, edits, gfx requests, holidays etc

  • Managing the production & studio team daily to ensure they have are handling a suitable workload and providing support where needed

  • Work closely with the staff editors & edit teams to troubleshoot any technical issues and ensure smooth operations across the board

  • Working with the Studio Manager to handle staffing - recruitment of additional production crew, freelance studio crew, contractors, freelance editors and freelance editorial cover

  • Liaising with HR weekly about contracts and ensuring all staff are contracted and set up on internal systems required for their role. Also ensuring freelancers are contracted & onboarded onto finance systems & set up as suppliers

  • Assist the HoP to produce budgets/costing for all programming & any additional content

  • Work closely with editorial teams to oversee production of all daily programming live & pre-recorded

  • Develop relationships with crew and suppliers and negotiate preferable rates

  • Ensure clear lines of communication with the PM team and editorial

  • Understand key legal requirements, including rights relating to licensing of music, archive and stills, release forms, contracts and risk assessments

  • Maintain and develop a production pool of talent

  • Liaise with H+S Director about Covid regulations as well as studio and location filming requirements

  • Offer support + guidance about operational & production processes from internal teams

  • Working flexible hours in line with the current programming schedule


What we’re looking for from you: 

Extensive experience with all aspects of programme production, preferably live, fast turnaround studio shows, location, single / multi-camera, post production, including editing, graphics, shooting and crews.  

  • You will be solution focussed, adaptable and confident in managing difficult and challenging situations in a fast-moving environment.    

  • Understand operational, financial and legal constraints

  • Due to the daily live output of the studio this role will need to cover 1 x weekend day (so 4 weekdays and 1 weekend), working closely with the JPM the PM will need to flexible with start and finish times depending on what is needed. 

We are News UK:
 One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland, our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. In 2022 we will launch talkTV, a major new TV channel available to everyone across the UK, delivering a schedule of news, current affairs, entertainment and sport, with Piers Morgan in a primetime evening show. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning digital and print, audio and video, events and experiences, our brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.


We are talkTV: The latest innovation from News UK, talkTV will launch early in 2022 creating a major new channel, available to everyone across the UK and delivering a bold new voice in current affairs, debate and opinion. The channel will also deliver documentaries, entertainment and sports shows and proper hourly news bulletins. Piers Morgan, one of the most recognisable broadcasters in the world, is the first signing for talkTV and will deliver a primetime show which promises to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews. Drawing together world-class talent across News UK, talkTV will be broadcast from state-of-the-art studios at The News Building in London Bridge and available live or on-demand, on linear and connected TV and on any personal device. 


Life at News

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 


In addition we also offer:


  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;

  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;

  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.


We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.