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Vice President, Physical Production – Animation Movies – Viacom – Burbank, CA

Company: Viacom

Address: Burbank, CA

  • Full Time


About The Brand

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

Overview and Responsibilities

The Vice President, Physical Production for Animation movies will oversee all production aspects of animation from concept to completion including oversight of in-house productions. The VP, Physical Production for Animation will collaborate with Nickelodeon animation cross-functional teams including: Post-Production, Finance, Business Affairs, Labor Relations, Legal, IT, Human Resources and Facility Operations departments throughout the production process. The ideal candidate has a love for animation, is collaborative and connected within the entertainment industry having positive relationships with artistic talent and production staff. Strong Production Leadership experience a must!
  • Create movie budgets, schedules, milestones and assumptions.
  • Have a good understanding of competitive market positions, titles and salary ranges.
  • Mentor, oversee and work closely with production leadership on the films to steer them to successful completion, on schedule and on budget.
  • Promote and support Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in partnership with Nickelodeon Leadership
  • Assess and manage Partner Vendor relationships, communication, reporting and delivery.
  • Review, manage and assess various department schedules and reports on films – identify risk areas and help resolve and/or escalate issues.
  • Partner with Development and Current to make sure production can achieve the creative goals.
  • Problem solve with production leadership on series/movies on proactive solutions and day-to-day challenges, as needed.
  • Assist in the staffing of production management and artistic talent across all films in production and/or development.
  • Establish and maintain processes for studio or production management which increases efficiency or increases our ability to move faster, including template budgets or generic schedules.
  • Help establish uniform production metrics and reporting across all series/movies.
  • Provide key support for production and development teams with respect to managing subcontractors.
  • Identify and evaluate of animation subcontractors for various films in production; pursue high quality partners for the future of the studio.
  • Aid in the complexity assessments and management on films – provide recommendations for getting the most value on screen.
  • With SVP, help create, test and establish new production and/or development initiatives.
  • Create and maintain an industry network with key leadership
  • Stay on top of key industry trends and find opportunities.

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of progressive production management experience in an animation studio.
  • Production leadership experience in creating and assessing budgets, assumptions, achievements and schedules for movies.
  • Wide industry knowledge of people, process and various pipelines.
  • Knowledge of Feature pipeline required.
  • Familiarity with important animation software, hardware, databases and asset management systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience in a large dynamic studio a plus.
  • Relationships and experience working with subcontractors a major plus.

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