The studio manager will be responsible for managing the daily operations of Pokémon’s in-house live action video production studio. The studio manager is responsible for managing production schedules, maintaining studio gear, setting up shoots, hiring and managing crew and vendors and helping establish studio processes and procedures. They will also work with internal stakeholders to establish and maintain the studio’s technical infrastructure including video archiving, storage, and distribution.
The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual with strong video production and project management capabilities. They are also well versed in lighting, camera, and audio production.
What You Will Do
- Create and maintain shoot schedules and budgets, securing approvals, coordinating action items, and communicating cross-functionally with producers from development through post-production.
- Communicate with internal and external teams effectively to ensure expectations are set and all deliverables are met on schedule.
- Ability to make sound decisions, think strategically, problem solve, multi-task while remaining laser focused on the fine details.
- Initiate vendor paperwork (including NDAs, requests for new contracts, new vendor paperwork, advance requests, etc.) and manage invoice process.
- Maintain functionality of production studio, control room, green rooms, and equipment rooms for daily use.
- Develop a system for tracking and managing video, lighting, audio and live streaming equipment inventory/database.
- Maintaining all equipment within the studio, including establishing a schedule for regular maintenance, managing repairs, ordering replacements, and overseeing upgrades of studio equipment.
- Performed basic maintenance and diagnostics on a range of camera and lighting equipment.
- Manage shipments of remote production kits for domestic and international shoots.
- Source, coordinate, and negotiate rates for production resources, including equipment, permits, locations, travel, etc.
- Act as production manager on larger scale productions, both in-studio and on location.
- Serve as a videographer for smaller scale productions including running sound, adjusting lighting and operating cameras.
- Organize and implement process for studio digital infrastructure such as video archiving, retention, file storage, etc.
- Server as a TD on studio live streams including live switching.
What You Will Bring
- BA/BS in Film, Communications, Business; or equivalent experience.
- 5 – 7years relevant experience; previous studio experience, both managerial and technical, preferred.
- Expertise in scheduling and administrative workflows related to video production.
- Excellent organizational skills and can-do attitude.
- Strong problem-solving skills and ability to recognize issues, identify solutions and implement action plans.
- Familiar working with rental houses.
- Experience with Sony Professional cameras, Sennheiser audio equipment and studio lighting equipment.
- Experience building ongoing working relationships with DP’s, camera operators, sound mixers, gaffers, set designers etc.
- Proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint
- Familiarity with livestream workflows and tools including live switching, Teradek and Wirecast.
- Knowledge of the Seattle film community, Adobe Creative Suite, Pokémon games/brand and animation and video editorial skills a plus
How You Will Be Successful
- Bias for Action: You have an eagerness to take initiative and persist in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks. You work to resolve tasks with a high sense of urgency and ownership.
- Great people skills: You know the “how” is as important as the “what” and you aim to build effective relationships across the organization, as well as externally with 3rd You are mindful of diverse perspectives and engage others in a professional manner.
- Passion and Pride in your work: You love what you do and how you can add value to the process. You ensure consistency and quality of your work and take a methodical approach to accomplishing your work.
- Communication: You have impeccable written and verbal communication with ability to articulate your vision in a way that excites and motivates stakeholders.
- Logical and analytical: You’re able to distill and synthesize complex ideas into concise, meaningful information to stakeholders. You’re adept at prioritization and project management with attentiveness to detail and consistent follow through. You’re able to understand performance analytics and apply learnings to improve programming.
- Growth mindset: You thrive in a dynamic and fluid environment because you are a self-starter who is eager to learn, grow and build something great together.
- Collaborative & Team-Oriented: You thrive on working with others and synthesizing sometimes conflicting or ambiguous input into plans that help create engaging content.
- Results-Driven: Working toward goals and the success of the team gets you out of bed in the morning.
- Creativity and Vision: You can create amazing content that represents the Pokémon brand, connects with our fans and supports the Pokémon business.
What to Expect
We offer a professional, fun and creative work environment. While we maintain a good balance between work and life, additional hours may be required at peak times or for specific initiatives. Early morning hours (approximately 8am start) will be required 15-25% of the time to facilitate meetings with European time zones. Travel between office locations internationally will be required on occasion, approximately 10% of the time.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of people so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.