The person in this role will report to the Senior Director of Distribution and play a key role in supporting ITVS’s overall distribution and partner relations strategy, with a focus on the public media system. They will work as a liaison with the Production, Programming, Business Legal Affairs, and Audience Development units to ensure a high standard of efficient and accurate management of ITVS pipeline titles and distribution rights. Responsibilities include: collaborating with Senior Director on non-public media integrations and innovations; project managing submission, distribution, and rights tracking of ITVS-funded films across signature public television series and distributors including, Independent Lens (IL), Point of View (POV), Public Broadcasting System (PBS), World Channel and more; maximizing distribution of ITVS’s new release, catalog, and digital-native content across digital platforms; maintaining strong relationships with major public media partners, filmmakers, and internal ITVS cross-teams; and managing and contributing to catalog avails systems, as well as distribution tracking databases, reporting, and processes.
- Manage submission workflows and work closely with various business units (eg, Business Affairs, Programming, Production) to fulfill core production distributions across public media, including annual PBS Online Film Festival and US Int’l Public Television Conference (INPUT).
- Track distribution across platforms and series including but not limited to IL, POV, American Masters, PBS, World Channel, NETA, PBS Plus.
- Lead internal cross-departmental meetings to review and assess long-form films’ project readiness and and track production-to-submission progress.
- In collaboration with Senior Director, strategize and prepare for recurring and ad hoc external partner meetings, including agenda, meeting material, and calendar maintenance.
- In partnership with Senior Director, develop clear and actionable strategies for emerging types of content licenses, and deliver internal presentations around key strategic initiatives.
- Oversee and ensure detailed accuracy of institution-wide and unit-specific tracking databases which include partner metrics, release dates, rights windows and more; in partnership with the Business Legal Affairs (BLA) unit, be the Distribution unit’s point person for questions and concerns regarding data.
- Manage and contribute creative ideation around re-windowing of IL titles in partnership with Audience Development units.
- Assist Senior Director with contract negotiations and contracts with the BLA unit.
- Provide regular quarterly and annual reports for new and encore broadcast, and digital initiatives.
- Project manage independent releases through NETA and PBS Plus, including liaising communications and asset management between partners, producers, internal cross-teams, and hired consultants
- With Senior Director, educate, engage, and lead filmmakers through various cycles of their relationship with ITVS to ensure consistent and positive experience; starting with the Programming and Production department; through to the Business Affairs unit; providing regular updates to the Audience Development department.
- Develop in depth knowledge of ITVS catalog to maximize opportunities with Senior Director.
- Maintain awareness of the flow of information around 3rd party Distribution partners and deals.
- In partnership with the Senior Director, engage in tracking, surfacing and discussing changes in the film and television distribution landscape - focus on areas affecting documentary and independent film including: platform, partner, rights, window usage around SVOD/AVOD/TVOD/MVOD, noteworthy acquisitions, box office reports, and more.
- Working with Senior Director, develop plans for new distribution opportunities and deal renewals across all platforms for program distribution.
- Contribute to developing ITVS culture by proactively participating in institutional programs and staff events.
- Other duties may be assigned as needed.
- A commitment to social impact work and engagement in a variety of social, economic, and cultural perspectives.
- Cares about principles associated with diversity, equity and inclusion; willing and wanting to support the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse society.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and “can do” attitude; superior telephone etiquette, verbal and written communication skills; strategic listener; clear and professional communicator.
- Adaptable to a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.
- Ability to stay highly focused, meticulously organized and pays close attention to details.
- Innovative outlook; values and exhibits creative and nimble thinking.
- Can juggle multiple projects, knows how to prioritize, and can work effectively while under pressure.
- Willing to support leadership’s decision and direction in a positive, professional and cooperative manner. Great sense of humor is helpful too!
- Enjoys working as a team member as well as independently.
- Able to work cross functionally, and effectively as part of team
- Knows how to support and supervise peers, and “manage up”
- Required: BA or equivalent experience.
- Required: Minimum of three years experience with data tracking, and, ideally, data analysis.
- Required: Minimum of three years experience in communications,, and/or outreach role.
- Required: Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word, Keynote with the ability to quickly learn new databases, project management, and graphics applications.
- Preferred: Experience with project management tools, such as Asana, WorkFront or BaseCamp.
- Preferred: Minimum of one year experience in film and television distribution, and distribution rights.
- Preferred: Experience maneuvering within different databases and information tracking systems.
- Preferred: Experience organizing and implementing new processes and procedures.
- Preferred: Experience and have an interest in film, documentaries, and/or television
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