Overview

This position is primarily responsible for managing custom production visuals for our portfolio of services, including sourcing and securing all external creative teams needed to deliver on custom content creation. Additionally, the Senior Content Producer will ensure the strategic alignment of photography, illustrations, video and audio with our client objectives under the direction from Creative Directors, Art Directors, Editorial leads and other creative disciplines.

They are responsible for managing the workflow and staffing for all visual content production and executing projects from brief to delivery. This role supports the Program Management team in client relations and budget projections; has an inherent knowledge of production workflows and procedures; works directly with Business Affairs on contract negotiations; and Resource Management on job assignment.

Key responsibilities:

Project Management, Leadership & Communication

  • Provide scope deliverables and details for SOWs related to content creation

  • Work closely with the Program Management team to clearly communicate project schedules, deliverables and daily/weekly deadlines

  • Serve as client facing content expert, as needed, across all accounts

  • Project manage all aspects of video, audio and photo production, corporate standards and legal processes from the initial shoot request through final post production, delivery and archiving of images

  • Schedule and facilitate all pre- and post-production meetings; including pre-production meetings for each video, audio or photo shoot

  • Compile and distribute all project details to internal and external resources. This includes securing all required paperwork, such as call sheets, shot list, talent/location releases, contractor paperwork, deal memos, sample contact sheets, brand guidelines, permits, insurance certificates, delivery schedules

  • Negotiate rates, expectations, delivery with production companies, audio houses and photographers and provide critical feedback on production estimates and bids.

  • Ensure accuracy, correctness and consistency in all communications and documentations

  • Manage each project’s budget to include securing estimates, confirmation of deliverables, invoice approval and payment while maintaining budget tracker

  • Streamline and centralize all of our internal databases of photographers, agencies, stylists and all other shoot related talents across a breadth of specialties (journalistic, commercial, event-based etc.)

  • Serve as in house expert on industry standards, regulations, video, audio photography guidelines and how we use them in our work

  • Knowledge of licensing, intellectual property, implications of distribution, and being versed enough to collaborate and recommend creative solutions when scope changes

  • Assembling creative teams for all types of content shoots and audio recordings, including prop stylists, hair and makeup, photographers, videographers, talent, set designers, etc.

  • Coordinating shoot timelines and communicating with all production crews, including talent

  • Advertorials – select images, track releases

  • Train internal teams on best practices with pricing and contract negotiations on content

Financial & Operational Governance

  • Scope and price programs for clients accurately, while instilling this practice across the program management team, and evolving it as our client and creative portfolio expands

  • Consistently evaluating vendors and agreements to ensure the studio is proactively finding ways to decrease external costs and support studio financial goals (best pricing and contract terms), and negotiating competitive rates with all partners

  • Responsible for end-to-end contract workflow, including triple bid, budget management, client and vendor relations, wrap and reconciliation of jobs

  • Manage all contracts, usage rights and fee negotiations with external vendors, photographers, illustrators, agencies and other creatives including the procurement of necessary permits

  • Partner with Business Affairs and legal to maintain a thorough and consistent contract database, talent negotiations, vendor and talent contracts

  • Archive all creative assets and keep licenses and vendor services agreements and task orders up-to-date

  • Ensuring the program management team and business affairs has visibility into all contract negotiations

  • Make recommendations on the changing of business terms within our contracts when the business landscape changes

  • Documentation of all processes, trackers and workflows to ensure seamless onboarding of new team members and freelancers

  • Thorough knowledge of content contracts and copyright law in a commercial environment

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • The ability to remain calm and move very quickly under deadline pressure

  • A positive, enthusiastic and collaborative attitude

  • Innate organizational skills

  • Someone who enjoys problem-solving in an ever-changing environment

  • Inspired to push boundaries and be a thought leader

  • Has strong judgement and capable of making good decisions with limited information

  • Be willing and able to adapt your role and function to the needs of the team

Requirements

  • A great eye and passion for publishing, news and branded content

  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience with an established publishing company, online media publication, and/or ad agency OR a minimum of 7+ years of experience as line producer or production manager with an established production company, publication and/or ad agency

  • A sophisticated visual aesthetic

  • Understands that the world of visuals is evolving when it comes to more immersive experiences created for the marketing world; and is eager to be part of blazing new trails toward content excellence in the space

  • Strong network of industry connections across all types of external partners including video, audio, photography, styling, hair and makeup, talent, and production is a plus

  • Managerial experience preferred

  • Has outstanding verbal and written communication skills

  • Has strong leadership and production knowledge

  • Skilled negotiator

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The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.