Coordinating Producer - Smithsonian Channel

Ref#: 25398
CBS Business Unit: Smithsonian Networks
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: Washington, DC, US

About Us:

Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. The Channel's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning programming entertains, educates and inspires. Program genres include history, science, nature, and pop culture. SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL travels beyond the ordinary to reveal a vast scope of exciting stories and experiences to fuel the curiosity in all of us. Among the network’s offerings are series that include Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, The Weapon Hunter, Sports Detectives, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Day Hitler Died, David Attenborough’s Rise Of Animals -Triumph Of The Vertebrates, Spy in the Hanoi Hilton, Legend of Lead Belly and Lincoln’s Last Day. SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL is currently available to customers of Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T and more. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content.

The Coordinating Producer manages and advises 3rd party and in-house production teams: trains and supervises associate producers, facilitates shoots at Smithsonian locations, and manages production and edit calendars to ensure timely and accurate deliverables for Mission Critical programs. She, or he, serves as a key liaison between the Smithsonian Institution and Channel editorial and marketing teams for the development, production and promotion/marketing of Mission Critical and other programming. 
Specific Responsibilities:
  • Production of in-house and 3rd party Mission Critical programs - Coordinates and provides supervision for Mission Critical and in-house production. 
  • Mission Critical/Smithsonian related Program Development and Smithsonian Relations - Develops program ideas, assesses Smithsonian proposals, helps assemble and manage production teams. Manages Smithsonian Network Review Committee obligations and handles Smithsonian Institution requests. 
  • Coordination - Assists SVP of Production and Executive Producer of Mission Critical Programming with long-term planning. Maintains Smithsonian Institution related databases. Manages orientation for production companies working for Smithsonian Networks for the first time.
  • Marketing - Key liaison role in developing/coordinating ways to promote programs with marketing team. Provides editorial promotional material to SI. Initiates and facilitates cross promotional opportunities between Smithsonian Institution and Channel, including screenings.
  • Production Internship Program - Supervises active internship program, selecting candidates and working with production coordinator to creating an enriching experience that benefits interns and the channel.

  • Must have approximately five years experience in long-form non-fiction television production for national broadcast. Should have served as Associate Producer, or Producer, of quality, ratings-winning programming.   
  • Experience in story development, rights and clearances
  • A flair for promoting programs through events and marketing is also valued. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred, higher graduate degree viewed favorably.
  • Thorough knowledge of television production process, from development through post-production, including: Extensive experience in field production and shoot preparation
Excellent writing and marketing skills and story-development experience
  • Knowledge of production and post-production technology and process
  • Knowledge of industry standards for rights and clearances 
EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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