Oversee management of all aspects of computer animation production in collaboration with and under the line management of the Head of Production. The primary duty of the Line Producer is to support the successful running of the production, by maintaining a broad overview of all production departments.
The role provides a great opportunity to work with a talented team on an exciting production, whilst also overseeing the Production Manager and Production Coordinators. Problem solving, task delegation and a keen eye for logistics are the key skills for this role.
Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, we welcome hybrid and remote working for all job opportunities we offer for the foreseeable future.
Day to Day:
- Resource management across all production departments. Includes internal resources, conducting staff reviews in collaboration with the head of department, schedule updates and absence/holiday tracking.
- Obtain regular feedback from the Production Manager who will maintain overview/department schedules and delivery oversight for all production departments, including the setting of production priorities and defining milestones.
- Serve as the main point of coordination and contact between the day-to-day production team and the production’s senior/management staff.
- Be across the production as a whole as well as individual departments.
- Manage and develop the Production Manager and Production Coordinators, overseeing their workload and providing support as and when required.
- Motivate departmental heads/supervisors to ensure quality and stay on schedule.
- Generate internal weekly progress reports for production team and management as well as reporting externally to clients.
- Have control of the production budget which includes attending and contributing to internal monthly cost report meetings and signing off the reports and sending them to the client and attending external client cost report meetings as required.
- Back up the Head of Production / Director in terms of client management and communications.
- Lead production and dependencies meetings.
- Communicate clearly and regularly across the production team and all production departments as required.
- Communicate clearly, confidently and efficiently with the client including taking a lead in client meetings.
- Proactive in planning and troubleshooting the pipeline for production.
- Plan with the available resources to optimise the efficiency of each department, in line with the schedule and budget and raise any concerns with the Head of Production.
- Ensure the teams are working towards the various goals and deadlines needed.
- Oversee conclusion of production including asset and final delivery to our client.
Each of these responsibilities will be further defined by the Head of Production and the needs of the specific production.
- Understands the importance of taking responsibility for ensuring problems are solved.
- Puts the outcome for the studio as a whole first.
- Can both anticipate a problem and either prevent it or limit the damage.
- Can see past the noise.
- Delegates responsibility effectively.
- Having the ability to interact with Directors, CG Supervisors, Lead and Technical Artists, to determine creative and technical requirements of productions is integral to this role.
- A solid work ethic and positive attitude in the face of challenging situations is vital.
- Attention to detail is essential.
- The ability to keep a calm head under pressure is key.
- Experience managing your own production team.
- Experience working in a fast-paced studio environment.
- Knowledge of 3D Maya pipeline.
Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way.
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives – whatever our situation – is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other’s differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives.
What we’ve got for you (benefits):
- Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
- Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
- Many fun social events throughout the year – even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
- Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
- Friday “beer o’clock” and talks programme!
- Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
- Online wellbeing programme
- Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)
Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies.
To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.