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Line Producer


New York, NY, US, 10014

New York

MTV is the leading global youth media brand in 180 countries,  reaching 450 million households in nearly 30 different languages across every platform. MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand,  the cultural home of the millennial generation and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects pop culture with award-winning content built around compelling storytelling,  music discovery and activism across TV,  the internet and other platforms. A unit of Paramount Global,  MTV operations span cable and mobile networks,  live events,  theatrical films and MTV Studios.


Overview & Responsibilities:

The Tentpoles, Events, Music & Specials (TEMS) is a cross-channel group (BET, CMT, MTV/VH-1, Nickelodeon & Paramount +) primarily focused on “in-house” or “internal” productions. The group has an overview of tentpoles, events, music series, video programming series, and specials whether in-house or 3rd party, as well as licensed productions. Examples of in-house productions this group oversees: MTV Movie & TV Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, BET Awards, Black Girls Rock, NAACP Image Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, CMT Crossroads, CMT Artist of the Year, Unplugged, Paramount+ Cradle to Stage, Yo! MTV Raps, Behind the Music, and much more. As in-house production, we oversee all aspects of physical production; budgeting, scheduling, vendor negotiations, on-site execution, and ensuring productions are adhering to Paramount standards and policies.


The department is looking for a Line Producer to join the TEMS team. This position will be supervising Production Managers, Production Coordinators, and other freelance personnel and will directly report to the Senior Director or VP of Production.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with internal producers, third-party producers, and executives to examine the needs of each production
  • Create and supervise production budgets for medium to large-scale productions and ensure all aspects of production run smoothly
  • Create and manage production schedules to ensure all work stays inside budgetary boundaries and time constraints
  • Ensure timely cost reporting to production executives throughout production process until final actual
  • Hire crew and project-based staff, negotiate rates of pay for production personnel, negotiate costs and approve booking resources, equipment, and suppliers needed for each production managed
  • Understand the thorough, current, ongoing knowledge of all staff competencies
  • Ensure prompt payment to vendors and crew by working closely with production managers, production finance, and production accounting
  • Oversee location bookings, and or venue agreements and arrange for all necessary permissions, permits and risk assessments
  • Coordinate closely with local government; (police, fire dept., public health) to ensure production is adhering to safety and government guidelines
  • Ensure health, safety and testing protocols in regards to Covid-19 are being implemented and enforced on each production
  • Create or ensure Long & Short Forms with all necessary information; crew lists, schedules, site plans, testing protocols, CCO plans, etc. are being sent to VMN Covid-19 Task Force in a timely manner
  • Hire Covid-19 testing companies and ensure testing plans for each production are being followed
  • Ensure on-site locations are well maintained with catering, medics and other facilities needed to have a safe and healthy environment
  • Work with other internal departments as needed to ensure all legal and safety parameters of a production are met and that all deliverables are received and distributed appropriately
  • Ensure that insurance, health and safety rules, copyright laws, and union agreements are communicated and implemented
  • Ensure health, safety and testing protocols in regards to Covid-19, that have been directed and approved by the VMN Covid-19 Task Force, are being implemented and enforced on each production
  • Ensure all production hires have the necessary skills to perform their functions competently (effectively and efficiently) and professionally
  • Build, support, and refine working relationships with all internal and external clients and personnel with whom production management interacts
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to create clear and effective lines of communication
  • Provide leadership and serve as an example to subordinates of the company’s culture
  • Work within the structure of the company’s financial software systems
  • Ensure all direct reports appropriately adhere to all related policies and procedures on an ongoing basis
  • Attend technical skill-building and professional development workshops on an annual basis
  • Stay current with all related industry trends as they apply to the overall job responsibilities
  • Act in an ethical and professional manner at all times, adhering to Paramount's code of conduct policies
  • Maintain, modify and monitor all production systems and processes to ensure ongoing proactive supply of this service to clients during pre-production, production and post-production phases of a project, including, but not limited to:
    • Covid-19 Protocols
    • Post Production
    • Talent Logistics
    • Travel
    • Staffing
    • Location Logistics
    • Crewing
    • Legal
    • Technical Mgmt. & Facilities
    • Insurance & Production Risk
    • Vendors
    • Rights and Clearances
    • Design and Staging
    • Lighting
    • Production Accounting


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years “hands-on, on-site” experience with progressively increasing responsibility in production management roles for television or film
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, One Drive, Power Point, Teams, etc.), Zoom, Slack, Smart Accounting and become proficient with Movie Magic, SAP, ARIBA, Concur, Scenechronize
  • Prior supervisory experience required
  • Experience creating and managing production budgets and schedules
  • Experience negotiating with vendors, suppliers, and personnel
  • Willingness to work a non-traditional work schedule, and travel as needed


Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of post-production processes
  • Understanding and knowledge of union agreements & processing
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of the television and film industry
  • Ability to Line Produce small and larger scale productions simultaneously, either internal or 3rd party
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with personnel at all managerial levels
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and troubleshoot production issues that may arise with diplomacy and professionalism
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Excellent organizational skills are critical
  • Must have strong leadership & team-building skills and a management style that projects calm and confidence in potentially stressful situations
  • Ability to manage and delegate responsibilities appropriately and effectively
  • Ability to manage conflict effectively and give effective feedback to support staff
  • Must be able to align performance with the goals of the department and business
  • Willingness to apply skills across brands, as needed, and determined by supervisor (i.e. LP for CMTMA, PM for VMA, oversee site, safety & security for BET or Nickelodeon shows, etc.)
  • Excel in a demanding and fast paced environment requiring proactive and positive thinking
  • Must possess strong leadership skills, exercise good judgment, show initiative, and be a team player
  • Must be able to maintain multiple production responsibilities and projects with a focus on organization, attention to detail, while being flexible and capable of prioritizing shifting production and business needs
  • Be a continuous promoter and supporter of a multi-cultural inclusive workplace, transparency and calculated risk taking


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.


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Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City