Production Coordinator I

Bristol, CT

Job ID 10090455

Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States

Business ESPN 

Date posted May 23, 2024

Job Summary:

The Production Coordinator I assists in the day-to-day operations of production content, logistics and business operations to support a group of assigned shows and/or sport categories.


  • Acts as liaison for assigned sport/show categories between Production, other ESPN departments, and outside entities.
  • Responsible for dealing with time-sensitive materials and decisions.
  • Facilitate contractual agreements alongside production needs (i.e. Master Services Agreements, Third Party Licensing Agreements, Deal Memos, assist leaders with Talent contracts, etc.)
  • Trusted to draft third party licensing agreements for video and photography clearances, performance contracts for voiceover and on-camera talent agreements using Legal counsel approved templates.
  • Gather and curate production information on all features to track content and report information on pertinent details to relevant internal groups, such as rights and clearances.
  • Work alongside Managing Producers, Coordinating Producers and departmental VP to ensure compliance on internal policies related to feature and creative productions.
  • Coordinate insurance and contractual compliance for third-party vendors along with Disney Risk Management and Legal standards.
  • Develop workflows to create efficiencies in a fast-paced, remote-hybrid production environment.
  • Coordinate logistics for on-location shoots such as insurance, props, waivers, permits, releases, production schedules, wardrobe, and other details, all compliant with Disney health and safety guidelines.
  • Organize, project and track budgets for projects of varying scale (single feature or tease project to full documentary series)
  • Responsible for the handling and relaying of sensitive or confidential information (budgetary, fee-related, non-disclosure agreements etc.).
  • Facilitate onboarding of third-party vendors to ensure they are active in the system and able to work for Disney.
  • Schedule approved third-party vendors in Playbook to track work history and confirm payment.
  • Submit invoices and track correspondence related to budgets.
  • Act as a liaison for drone approvals, making sure all requirements are met while working with the Drone team.
  • Responsible for organizing and facilitating team meetings, creative think tanks, story-pitch meetings.
  • During Production peak times, remains accessible and is often required to work non-traditional days/hours.
  • Participates in the recruiting, selecting and scheduling of Content Associates and Production Assistants as needed, for specific production groups and sport categories/show units.
  • Responsible for all personnel schedule accounting, including tracking hours & the vacation approval process. Help train new hires on Production departmental processes and procedures.
  • Provides objective feedback on performance to staff and remote personnel and shares feedback as required.
  • Plans, requests and allocates production facility needs of assigned sports/shows/ projects.
  • Works with production teams to ensure assigned productions meet established network creative and technical specifications, business objectives and financial goals.
  • Work is reviewed from a short-to-mid-term perspective and against defined Production objectives, budgets and schedules.
  • Traveling for productions (domestic and international) may be required.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must possess strong organizational skills (i.e. budgeting time and prioritizing workload, accuracy and attention to detail in all tasks, ability to implement systematic processes and organize information flow).
  • Must understand the value of synergy in a dynamic organization.
  • Must possess strong communication skills (i.e. clear and concise in all forms of communication, ability to handle high-volume email and phone traffic, as well as in-person interactions).
  • Has demonstrated ability to react quickly and positively under a wide variety of sensitive production situations that arise and are subject to continual change. 
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative; suggests ideas and solutions to problems that arise or before they occur. Must be a natural problem solver.
  • Has basic experience in various aspects of production management (i.e. processing contracts and invoices, creating, maintaining and distributing production information, travel management, production personnel scheduling/staffing).
  • Possesses basic understanding of the production of studio shows, remote events and/or packaged shows, as well as short-form and long-form in-program features.
  • Has knowledge of the operational and logistical aspects of production planning.
  • Has some financial management experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Office 365, Outlook, Excel, Word, One Note, and PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion including inviting diverse perspectives, fostering an inclusive work environment and supporting workforce diversity.
  • A minimum of 2 years of production and/or operations experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the following systems/tools:
  • Slack, Zoom, Smartsheets, KeyNote
  • NCS, ENPS, Playbook
  • Concur, Kronos, Autoflow Invoice Management, and SAP
  • Prior experience in the development/review of legal contracts and footage licensing agreements.
  • Prior experience in the management/production of short-form and long-form features.

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent



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