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CDI-Production Senior Manager (H/F)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 768830BR Location Paris, Île-de-France Region, France Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Nov. 12, 2020

Job Summary:

​​Reporting to the Director Original Production, the Production Senior Manager manage the project slate in all stages of development, greenlight preparation, and on-going management in production for scripted and unscripted content.The post should work within departmental guidelines, guiding third party production partners and working closely with members of the OPD team to keep them up to date with all Production issues. This role is expected to bring with it, professional external production experience & strategic planning skills to contribute to the positive and collaborative navigation of production challenges at all stages of scripted and unscripted projects.

Key responsibilities are to analyze 3rd party budgets & schedules, provide assessments around viability, research foreign filming and requirements, prepare green-lights, monitor budget/s (as assigned), monitor production health and safety, and standards relating to working with minors and talent.


  • To act as key advisor to the stakeholders in the original production team to enable them to balance editorial aims and delivery requirements with financial and resource constraints

  • To enable production values to align with Disney quality expectations

  • To continually seek to provide increased value to the project/s success through challenging the status quo, reviewing production processes and shaping and implementing improved ways of working

  • Monitor health & safety practice and keep informed about industry standards post Covid 19

  • Manage assigned budgets and produce regular reports and analysis, working with finance stakeholders

  • Monitor industry standards and practice to ensure Disney projects are aligned and relevant

  • Support local markets


  • Reviewing and analyze 3rd party budgets, schedules, scripts, timings, health & safety, all aspects of planning & where necessary, create or collaborate to develop other budget / schedules for back up planning

  • Co-lead budget negotiations with independent production companies as assigned, benchmarking fair price and industry rates. Negotiate production solutions approve production technology in consultation with the Disney operations team, other operational issues and production schedules that deliver to Disney EMEA requirements

  • Working with Disney internal departments to move the project forward through casting / location recces, hires, series projections, sourcing any expertise we may need

  • Monitor and make recommendations around best practice working with talent (high profile, local)

  • For the broader realization of projects inc..paper development, pilot and series planning, budgets and schedules will need to be created to assess projects as a WHOLE (combining Disney internal project management costs & external production costs)

  • You will need to manage Cost Monitors, tracking the various elements of Green-light Budgets, as assigned. This will include monitoring the impact of tax incentives as applicable to each project and ensuring the qualifying criteria is maintained. You will be required to provide regular reports and narrative progress reports

  • Recce travel and arrangements will need to be made for all stakeholders in the team. All arrangements will need to coordinated by the Line Producer - admin support available for bookings.

  • When in production, attend set / location at key stages and provide updates and reports back to the Disney team. Ensure 3rd parties are providing all regular industry standard reports

  • Management responsibilities will fall to you when in situ at sets/ locations, supporting the Creative Project lead, and any other executives

  • You will be called upon to co-ordinate project status reports / updates / and create strategies with the creative leads to move the project forward under the prevailing conditions

  • You will need to ensure records of negotiations and project notes are kept on file (in the form of a project log) &source regular progress reports from 3rd parties

  • We will require you to manage aspects of due diligence for all hires and input into deal preparation documentation

  • You will of course need to comply with Disney Business Standards & Practice, which you will be advised upon

  • You will need to be conversant with the Disney’s Live Action Producer’s Handbook and communicate aspects of our Producer Handbook to third parties. Making recommendations when it is prudent to update in line with industry requirements

  • Anticipate problems and advise the Production Lead, Directors of Production and Production Management when production, budgetary, legal issues arise

  • Liaise and work closely with Legal and Business Affairs crafting and influencing deal terms with industry expertise.

  • Liaise and work closely with Finance team to forecast and monitor production costs

  • Liaise with other relevant Disney departments - Finance, Press, Marketing, Creative, Transmission, On Air, Digital and Social Media, Procurement, Compliance, Security etc.

  • Point of Contact for Production Companies on all day to day production issues, as assigned

  • You will be a highly motivated professional with a proactive approach, willing to roll your sleeves up to get the job done, and willing to help out within the PM team as necessary

Basic Qualifications:


  • Proven track record in the role of Line Producer (minimum 15 years)

  • Proven experience of leadership roles & managing direct reports

  • Technical skills to understand the needs to all Production departments

  • Experience of industry reporting requirements (e.g. Diversity, Music, TV tax rebates etc)

  • Language skills preferred but not essential

  • Competent working on Movie Magic budget and scheduling software

  • Conversant with regulations around working with Children in Entertainment (domestically and international)

  • Competent at creating cost reports, forecasts and finance plans as required. Also being able to analyze 3rd party cost report submissions

  • Negotiation skills, contracting & IP and rights clearance experience

  • Critical thinking

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize, working under pressure

  • Have a strong network to keep abreast of industry trends, experiences, and work flows

  • Fluent English is mandatory

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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.

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