Live Action Production Manager

Universal City, California | Freelance | Job ID #59495 |
Posted Earlier this month

Our client, a tv network, is looking for a Production Manager to join the TV Production team.

You will report to the
VP, Production Services and be responsible for:


  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the newly created centralized crew business strategy & operations of centralized crews
  • Work closely with production and studio finance teams to ensure financial objectives are being met
  • Tracking labor assignments and material costs to ensure we are aligned with the budgeted costs set forth by each production for each department
  • Oversee the on-boarding and billing process for the department
  • Liaise with VP to make decisions for operational activities and ensure business objectives are met
  • Track labor assignments for each production to optimize shareability amongst crews
  • Oversee the full on-boarding process of the centralized crews including oversight of the pre-employment testing and CSATF requirements
  • Manage the union department heads and construction coordinators and ensure they are working in alignment to the business strategy
  • Monitor actual labor and material costs against budgeted costs and provide recommendations on adjusted budgets to the VP
  • Create reports to provide visibility to production finance on details of labor and materials costs
  • Communicate with production accountants to validate rates to align to their overall production budgets
  • Evaluate overall performance by gathering, analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
  • Manage the timekeeping and billing clerk and be able to provide guidance and ongoing feedback
  • Work with Entertainment Partners for any setup, on-boarding, and billing requirements for crews
  • Schedule and maintain detailed records of testing results of centralized crews
  • Work with HR to address performance concerns and keep track of changes to crew member preferences by production


  • 6-8 years of experience with a strong understanding of the production process across multiple crafts
  • Knowledge and understanding of the financial expectations and requirements put forth by production
  • Broad understanding of supporting a union environment
  • Strong computer skills; specifically, the ability to track and maintain a large amount of data within Excel
  • Must be able to communicate with finance teams
  • Must be highly organized and maintain a high level of attention to detail
  • Must handle stressful situations professionally and confidentially as well as interact with co-workers and clients professionally.
  • Must be an affective trouble shooter, communicator, and problem solver
  • Production accountant experience preferred
  • Proven knowledge base of union variances

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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