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Head of Production, Naked TV

  • Fremantle
  • Hybrid working
  • 13/06/2022
Full time

Job Description

Head of Production, Naked TV

 

Reporting To:                                  Director of Commercial & Operations, Naked TV

Based:                                              Stephen Street, London (and High Wycombe as necessary)

Contractual Status:                       Permanent. Full Time.

 

At Naked We ​dare to be different.   We treasure our heritage brands like The Apprentice & Grand Designs, protecting our core whilst winning new and surprising business.   We are progressive and inventive and aim to push the boundaries of what TV can be.   We are building Naked as a powerhouse of Factual Entertainment & Formats and the home of ambitious documentaries.   We work with many of the UK Broadcasters including BBC, C4, ITV and SKY and are growing our reputation overseas, with commissions from TLC, Netflix, Hulu and Paramount+.  

We are striving to create a sense of family; an inclusive culture where people can be themselves and perform at their best

We are looking for a Head of Production who shares our ambition and passion.   Someone who will help us to expand the business whilst creating one of the best places to work.

What we can offer you:

A competitive salary plus bonus package, hybrid working, an excellent benefits package and the opportunity to work in a fantastic role with a brilliant team.

The Role

As a key member of our senior team, the Head of Production sits at the heart of Naked Television, providing vital operational leadership and support for our thriving production business.   Working to the Director of Commercial & Operations you also work hand in glove with the senior editorial team, using your expertise and influence to deliver on Naked’s strategy.   On a day-to-day basis you are responsible for leading the production management community, supporting them to deliver our productions in the most efficient, safe and cost-effective way - from development through to delivery. On a broader level, you have a voice at the table and will help shape our priorities, including creating an environment and culture that attracts a diverse range of talent and supports people to produce their best work.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Act as a lynch pin within the company, so that you have an overview of the status of each production. Initiate and implement communication systems that will ensure this occurs.
  • Leading, supporting and championing the production management community
  • Create and oversee budgets at a project and department level
  • Instil a ‘value for money’ culture, where efforts are made to ensure money goes on-screen
  • Ensure processes are in place to ensure the smooth running of production and the business, including production greenlights, prog reviews, effective utilisation of our people and resources etc.
  • Maintain an overview of how the productions within the department are progressing and flag up any potential problems, such as scheduling, overrunning or overspend.
  • Review and approve production cost reports.
  • Monitor the progress of production and offer solutions to any production management problems that may arise.
  • As appropriate negotiate deals with third parties (Broadcasters, Suppliers, Talent etc) securing terms and rights that are favourable to the business
  • Managing risk and oversee the implementation of the Company policies on all productions including H&S, child protection, data protection, anti-bribery, Albert etc.
  • Consider/encourage/implement new working practices to lower the cost of production.
  • Ensure correct procedures for ends of contracts and that appropriate handovers are undertaken when key crew leave the production.

Management Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support a high-performing team
  • Work alongside the department’s senior leadership team to set/implement the strategy and objectives of the business
  • Create an open and transparent culture that supports people to do their best work
  • Work alongside Head of Talent & HR to recruit, retain and develop production talent – including managing performance.

Other:

  • To undertake such other tasks including general administrative duties as may be required from time to time.
  • To be an ambassador for the business at all times.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Substantial Experience at HOP or Prod Exec level
  • To be passionate and excited about Naked and the content we produce
  • Track record of developing talent and building high-performing teams.
  • Experience of leading change and introducing new ways of working including new technology and processes
  • Ability to lead teams, developing talent and a high-performance culture.
  • To bring a commercial and entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Experience creating and monitoring business plans and budgets.
  • To be able to relate to and influence the creative community
  • The ability to build constructive and influential working relationships at a senior level.
  • Good communicator with the skills and experience to influence colleagues and peers, without having direct line management authority over them.
  • Awareness of commercial drivers within the business and industry
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Familiar with/aware of broadcasters’ terms of trade.
  • Experience of managing procurement processes in a cost-effective way
  • Familiar with the media industry developments; audience, regulatory, etc.

Our Values

FAMILY 

We are more than colleagues we are family. We constructively challenge but we always have each other’s backs

CREATIVITY

sits at the heart of everything we do, from production management to development.   We value and support innovation across all elements of our business

EXCELLENCE 

Our commitment to excellence and quality sets our people and content apart from the crowd.

AUTHENTICITY 

We pride ourselves on authenticity.   We lead by example and with integrity and ask our people to do the same.   Naked is a home where you can bring your true self to work

JOY

We find joy in our work, celebrating our achievements and our people.   We work together and play together.

ABOUT FREMANTLE

 Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers, and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 60 formats and air 450 programmes a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 300 million subscribers across 1,400 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms.

We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.

Our purpose

We aspire to tell stories that connect people around the world. We believe our shows should reflect and celebrate the world we live in and we want to create irresistible entertainment and engage with our audience. To achieve this, we must have people from all backgrounds and cultures working in our teams and on our shows, and we commit to creating opportunities for talent by being inclusive in all that we do.

 

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to Alex McBride, HR Business Partner at alex.mcbride@fremantle.com