Associate Production Manager

Position Summary

Work within a collaborative, team-oriented Production Management environment to create, organize, and execute contract compliance elements. Liaise between outside producers and DCI Internal Business Units to provide materials in a timely manner. Manage individual project workload of a minimum of 5 projects autonomously. Manage and track up to 100 projects, communicating any adverse impact of delivery delays to Scheduling, DNI and all internal stakeholders. Participate in departmental initiatives/taskforces. This position is based in the Los Angeles office.


1. Compile project materials as assigned and work with project team to assess project priority, deal viability and editorial vision
2. Perform initial analysis of budgets, schedules and treatments
3. Review interim and final cost reports and discuss any variances with the team and Budget Manager.
4. Finalize contract exhibits, including reviewing production schedules, payment schedules, deliverables, obtaining Network EP and Programming Management approval, and posting exhibits.
5. Provide vendor with all technical specs, clocks and credit requirements and advise on DCL technical and business standard operating guidelines, respond to vendor enquiries
6. Track all production and financial elements of originals, co-productions, acquisitions and reversions from conception to delivery and acceptance for all DCI program materials.
7. Monitor contractual milestones, ensuring they are met in a timely manner; submit for payments to producer through Project Systems once milestones are met.
8. Update project status in HIVE and ensure all relevant internal stakeholders have access to latest information
9. Provide updated information to all parties regarding program delivery dates, TE results and receipt of final program materials.
10. Provide status of vendors’ contractual obligations to internal clients.
11. Complete final program inventory on all deliverables
12. Update all databases (Media Flex, HIVE, Project Systems) regarding deliverables received, TE information and payments.
13. Liaise with DCS for technical updates with respect to Media Flex & TE process.
14. Ensure adherence to TE Technical Specifications.
15. Manage individual project workload of at least 5 projects shadowed by the Production Management Executive
16. Work on specialty departmental assignments that utilize individual areas of expertise.
17. Maintain PMD Shared Directory and Discovery shared & BOX folders
18. Coordinate with Talent Relations to facilitate execution and payment of talent contracts.
19. Facilitate Production Management deliverables procedures, for example Overage Amendments and Letters



Minimum 4 years of television production experience
Basic knowledge of production budgeting and project management
Solid knowledge of production logistics, rights issues, and current industry standard practices.
A self-starter who has the ability to prioritize duties among multiple concurrent projects and across managers
Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Must be proficient with spreadsheet database applications including Excel, Microsoft Outlook and Word for Windows.
Candidate must have the ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
Must have the legal right to work in the United States.

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As the world's #1 nonfiction media company, Discovery Communications fosters exploration and curiosity through its high quality television and online content, reaching more than 2 billion subscribers in over 220 countries and territories around the world. Comprised of more than 160 global television networks, Discovery counts brands like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and OWN in its family, and it strives to be a leading worldwide provider of educational tools and digital media services.

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