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Production Manager

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
 
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
The Production Manager is responsible for the day-to-day production of the show and supports the entire team including Directors, Producers, Heads of Departments and artistic teams.  This position requires the ability to strategize, create, manage, prioritize and organize the schedule and budget while balancing and prioritizing the needs across the show.  As part of the projects leadership team, this role is influential in guaranteeing timely deliveries for all departments, while also projecting stability, guidance, and competency.  #Animation

Responsibilities

  • Manage overall show schedule and coordinate daily workflow of the movie
  • Work with Department Heads, Production team, Producers to schedule and plan production milestones and goals for each department; ensure milestones are met and troubleshoot issues that prevent departments from hitting their goals
  • Determine current and future staff needs based on input from Production and Department Heads, manage overall crew size and start/finish dates; flag for Producers and Studio potential problems in any of these areas
  • Work with Producers and Production Accountant in creating and maintaining the weekly staffing schedule
  • Track costs and work closely with the Production Accountant in ensuring cost controls are in place and maintained
  • Create and maintain production management and tracking systems
  • Make Producer aware of issues, problems, or delays, particularly those impacting costs or budget; prepared with solutions whenever possible
  • Run production report meetings and other reoccurring department meetings as needed
  • Assist Producer in hiring, performance reviews, transitions, and dismissal
  • Review and approve weekly time sheets, vacation requests, and OT approvals
  • Delegate and empower Production staff to manage their departments schedules and goals based on changing priorities for the film, encourage learning how their departments affect others in the pipeline
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to department heads and production management
  • Supervise and mentor Production Coordinators and Production Assistants
  • Participate in initiatives to develop and maintain crew morale
  • Work collaboratively with Studio Management on staffing, training, space and other areas where show needs and studio plans overlap
  • Requirements

  • 3-4 years of senior animation production management experience
  • Strong organization and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and problem solve
  • Ability to work well under pressure and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Possess complete knowledge of the animation production process
  • Successful partnerships with Artistic and Production Leadership
  • Strong working knowledge of Shotgun, Excel, Word, Storyboard Pro, and file sharing programs
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Outlook and MS Office
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
     
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.