Friday, 7 April 2017

VACANCY: COMMISSIONING EDITOR AT AFRICAN MAGIC

Africa Magic - The AfricaMagic channels provide television programming that speaks to the African heart! dedicated to African programming made by Africans - from soaps and drama series to lifestyle shows and movies.

COMMISSIONING EDITOR

JOB DESCRIPTION
The position will be based at our facilities in Lagos, Nigeria and the successful candidate will report to the GM: Production.

CONTEXT
External factors which influence the work environment, taking future conditions and strategic requirements into account:

Multi-channel environment
Market expansion/new venturesMulticultural environment
Fast paced Digital broadcasting environment
Customers
External and internal individuals or groups to whom products, services, programs and information must be provided:

DStv subscriber base
Channel Heads
Marketing and Public Relations
DStv Media Sales
Finance
Suppliers (Independents and Production Houses)
MultiChoice
Strategic Outputs

Provide Development expertise for the scripted genres within the department:
Part of the development phase (research & development)
Attend quarterly review meetings for long running series
Attend mid-point review meeting for 13 part or 26-part Drama series and Reality
Provide Content DNA guidance across all the scripted and non-scripted content produced by Africa Magic channels
Manage all commissioned project budgets with the Head of Production
Work closely with Head of Production on ensuring that content strategic objectives are met
Approve Scripted and Non-Scripted briefs based on agreed direction

Outputs
Draft Content Briefs to Industry for commissioning purposes
Receive instruction from Head of Production (understand requirements)
Submit 1st draft to Head of Production for review and review if necessary
Conclude final draft and submit to Head of Production
Submit for publishing through relevant media (print, online, social media)
Receive, log and respond to unsolicited proposals
Set up review meetings with content team (Time and Criteria)
Shortlist proposals and discuss with Head of Production
Send pitch letters to producers of shortlisted proposal
Co-ordinate "Pitch" sessions with external parties and content team
Draft report with recommendations and submit to Head of Production
Letter of Intent (to Commission)
Contract Production Company

Meet with Production House to discuss Terms and Conditions:
Budget, Payment Schedule, Delivery Schedule, Technical specifications, Marketing , Production Schedule, etc.
Discuss agreed deliverables with Head of Production
Load onto contract management system
Receive and review draft contract from Legal
Send contract draft to Production House
Finalize contract with Production House, Legal, Channel Head, Regional Director
Manage the Production

Manage Production contract:
Budget - review periodic cost reports, review production delivery specifications (production value/production quality), provide delivery formats (file/tape), implement and manage editorial requirements, etc.
Conduct/Host/Attend regular internal status meetings
Implement weekly status meetings with production house
Ensure 360 Commissioning process
Manage Internal and External Stakeholders
Production House, Finance, Marketing, Legal, Suppliers, Media Sales, Viewers, Scheduling, TX, EPG

Provide and receive info to/from stakeholders (according to schedule)
Regular follow up/feedback on in-house budgets for forecasting purposes
Manage regulatory matters relating to programme content
Ensure that sponsorships and barter agreements are manage and all exposure elements are implemented
Manage Performance of Commissioned Programmes budgets vs agreed delivery requirements
Review and monitor programme performance vs. target
Amend production/programmes, where possible, to meet performance targets
Red flag non-performing programmes with the view to take corrective action or terminate
Inform necessary parties/systems of repeats
Research Industry Trends/Changes

Investigate/Review alternate programmes/channels/trends
Report on alternate programmes/channels/trends
Proactively present/discuss new ideas
Experience and Qualifications Required

A Degree in TV/Media/Script-writing/Drama
A minimum of 3 years commissioning or producing scripted and non-scripted content
Extensive knowledge about TV broadcasting
Legal and financial understanding and experience
Understanding of Regulatory requirements
Computer literacy (Excel critical, Word and PowerPoint)

COMPETENCIES:
Personal capabilities which are critical to the production of quality outputs are:
Strategic Thinking
Scripted and non-scripted content experience (working on television shows, variety, magazine, reality, dramas and/or soaps)
Ability to mentor and lead
Planning and Organizing
Communication Skills (Written and Verbal)
Interpersonal Skills
Stakeholder Relationship Management
Attention to Detail
Deadline Driven
Team Player
Problem solving Skills
Administrative Skills

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