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VP, Physical Production

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10010102 Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business Fox Searchlight Date posted Jan. 10, 2020


Reporting to the EVP, Production and the President, Fox Searchlight Pictures is looking for a seasoned physical production executive to join the team as a Vice President.  The position will independently lead all aspects of physical production on their assigned films, while being an active and instrumental part of the Searchlight team.

Responsibilities to Include:

  • Independently and efficiently lead all aspects of physical production, for each assigned project from pre-production through delivery, setting direction and standards, while keeping senior executives abreast of plans and strategies.
  • Responsible for hiring and maintaining industry-leading key personnel for vendors and freelance positions on assigned shows.
  • Determine physical production requirements throughout all stages of development, in partnership with the studio’s creative, finance, business affairs, legal, post production, VFX and music departments.  Initiates production plans, including determining filming locations, creating schedules, and budgets. 
  • Work closely with filmmakers and Studio Executives to influence and shape scope, budget, and level of film quality.
  • Anticipate potential issues, identify problems, recommend and implement solutions, including feedback on production risks and/or options that can impact staying on budget and schedule; ensuring that budgetary issues are solved while maintaining the film’s creative integrity and production value.
  • Serve as Line Producer for projects in development and before Show’s Line Producer is hired.  Forecast, track and manage budget costs and timelines; review and approve cash flows, daily hot costs, and weekly cost reports.
  • Oversees and negotiates BTL deals on assigned pictures.
  • Work closely, collaboratively, and professionally with producers, line producers, and production teams to put production plans into action.
  • Provide daily supervision for project line producers, production supervisors, and production coordinators.  Build and maintain strong relationships with filmmaking teams in the field.
  • Nurture and maintain strong industry relationships; foster and build new relationships.
  • Work strategically and in collaboration with internal teams to build, improve, and maintain internal and external processes, policies, and systems.

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience within film production, with at least 5 years as a physical production executive.
  • Have a high level of integrity as well as a passion for creating and preserving the quality of film’s released by Searchlight.
  • Must be well versed in tax incentive credits and film crew availability, in order to get the best teams and financial benefits for the Studio.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently across all levels of management, talent, crew, and staff; proven track record of successfully managing a team in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects at once.
  • Flexibility and the ability to perform effectively under stress while meeting deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working on international productions.
  • Proficiency with Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally, as needed and to work across multiple time zones.
  • Experience building and working as part of a cohesive team.
  • Familiarity with tax incentive credits both domestically and internationally.
  • Crew relationships in New York, LA and internationally, a plus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About Fox Searchlight:

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Fox Searchlight.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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