About Mercury Filmworks:
Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada's most prolific independent studios and is internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. Mercury has helped bring to life many of the most memorable, modern animated television and film properties. This position is an excellent opportunity to live and play in Canada’s beautiful national capital area while building a career at one of the most respected animation studios in the industry. We are looking for great people that value quality, innovation and a company with an uncompromising vision for the future of its artists and employees.
Mercury Filmworks is looking for an experienced Animation Line Producer to work in our Ottawa studio.
The Line Producer is the nexus for all day-to-day management components of the production including forward planning, budgeting, cost reporting, managing outside vendors, scheduling, and deployment of resources, and shepherding the successful interweaving of logistics, talent, and creative to achieve the best possible outcome.
The Line Producer may be assigned to one or more productions and work on projects of different scopes and complexities. They play a pivotal role in bringing people together to prevent problems, address them when they are unavoidable, and enabling innovation. They are responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day production to ensure it is delivered on time and on budget.
Given the number of people that they interact with; the Line Producer is a key player in building and sustaining a healthy and positive company culture.
Role and Job Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with the Director of Production to forward plan production in a way that is deliberate and achievable for the production team while ensuring a successful creative outcome;
- Manage the execution of the forward planning by bringing together the production management team with the studio’s key creative players (management level artists);
- Balance the creative expectations of both internal and external creatives with the resources available;
- Track the production’s key milestones and deliverables, starting with a read-through of the relevant PSA sections with the production management team;
- Accountable for all aspects of the assigned production’s methodology, its’ performance, and ongoing refinement to ensure the production is on schedule and budget;
- Work with the Crew Planning Manager, Director of Production, Production Manager, and the Talent Acquisition Team to cast talent according to the needs of the production;
- Provide regular reporting on project cost and status reporting. Identify any potential risks, develop solutions, and communicate clearly and regularly with stakeholders and senior management;
- Own the negotiation and management of contracts with artists and all other outside vendors/suppliers;
- Must be proactive in forecasting and problem solving any potential production concerns to avoid any bottlenecks that will impact the production;
- When necessary, escalate issues to the Director of Production with the intent to collaborate on a solution rather than pass ownership;
- Provide summary analysis and reporting to key stakeholders including the company leadership, senior management, and external partners;
- Leverage knowledge of the organization to bring together the right people in the organization to identify and coach artists that may be struggling to meet their milestones;
- Identify and recruit key creatives and service partners (ie. post-production).
- Leverage experience when collaborating with leadership, senior management, and other production management teams on studio-wide changes required to achieve success for all productions. Actively work to prevent siloing of productions;
- Promote and enforce best practices in respect of team leadership, project development, production planning, reporting, risk management, and resource allocation;
- Partnering with Talent Acquisition and Crew Planner to crew up or resolve crew issues on production under their scope but with a holistic mindset of all productions;
- Assist the Producer and or DOP in the creation and planning of budgets and schedules.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Minimum 7 years experiences managing artistic, operations, and production management teams in a studio environment;
- Proven creative and production management track record;
- Exceptional skills in developing and maintaining budgets and schedules;
- Strong leadership skills.
- A passion for animation!
Key Performance Indicators:
- Senior management, including the Director of Production, Production Managers, and the key creative stakeholders feel confident and supported by the Line Producer;
- Engagement and overall morale of production crew is positive;
- The assigned production runs on schedule and on budget.
What about benefits?
- Immediately upon hire, employees have access to our comprehensive benefits plan that includes Health and Dental coverage, Life Insurance and Travel Insurance
- Our Employee Assistance Program provides each employee and their family members access to free psychological assistance and counseling service in person, online or by phone 24/7
- Relocation available
- Plan for your future by taking advantage of our RRSP plan. The longer you’re with us, the more we’ll match the amount you contribute!
Small Print: Mercury Filmworks places as great an emphasis on recruiting for character and fit as it does on core skills and experience. Qualified candidates that meet ALL the characteristics above are encouraged to apply regardless of where they live. All candidates must be willing to test in advance of an interview. Mercury Filmworks is an equal opportunity employer, and by equal, we really mean equal. We have no preferences or bias beyond the professional qualifications.