They are documentarians. Filmmakers. Designers. Web-developers. And they come together to make world class branded content for clients. Welcome to Courageous, CNN's innovative studio. Last year Courageous produced over 500 films and numerous other events, interactives, podcasts and custom assets last year. Their work is compelling, substantial and truly innovative. And we're not spin doctoring-- Adweek just gave them the top honor for innovative storytelling at Adweek's new Arc Awards for branded content creatives.
CNN's Brand Studio, Courageous, is looking for a New York City Based Director, Production to further improve their award-winning custom content capability. The person who lands this job will have an immense opportunity to help create great branded content that will be distributed on an unparalleled scale around the world. Courageous partners with a Who's Who of blue chip brands that have big budgets to tell important stories that have Editorial merit.
Courageous works in numerous video formats including short-form, long-form, Virtual Reality and Live Television. The goal is to produce relevant work that will be of real interest to the CNN audience; a network available to more than 2 billion people in more than 200 countries and territories, spanning TV, Web, Great Big Story, Snapchat, Social Media, Airports and Mobile Devices.
Strategic leadership of production workflow, equipment, postproduction and media management
Assist in tracking pre-sale workload
Ensure each production runs smoothly, meets deadlines and stays within budget
Communicates status of projects and any special requests and occurrences to upper management and stakeholders
Ensure workflow goals and guidelines are being met
Manage and mentor staff editors, DPs, line producers, etc.
Manage searches and hiring of production freelancers and staff
Establish and maintain preferred vendor list
Partake in key creative brainstorms and approval sessions
Oversee legal clearances for production and post-production projects
Efficiently plans for and allocates human and technical resources to projects as needed
Optimize workflow and manage workload for DPs and editors
Oversee and maintain production calendars
BA/BS degree preferred
8+ years experience with digital production
Strong grasp on industry costs and legal paperwork
Experience managing teams
Ability to handle a fast-paced environment while simultaneously supervising multiple productions
Familiar with current technology and best practices workflow for field and post productions
Possesses a network of high quality talent and vendors
Understanding of how to prioritize and respond accordingly
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in Premiere, MS Office and understanding of project management tools (such as TeamGantt, BaseCamp)