Senior Manager, Title Planning

Job Summary:

You will be accountable for the operational planning and delivery of half of The Walt Disney Company’s Studio release slate in EMEA. This includes films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Fox, Searchlight Pictures, Lucas and from time to time support for premium Disney+ content.

Partnering with multiple internal and external stakeholders to plan, project manage and execute the delivery of each film and its’ localised components, your team is responsible for ensuring a title’s release remains viable, constantly innovating and improving the process to mitigate the risk associated with just-in-time operational planning.

You will operate in a highly complex, often high pressure environment. The ability to operate effectively under pressure is paramount.

Responsibilities:

Title planning:
  • You will represent EMEA requirements on title calls with key Burbank stakeholders (attendees include: Post Production Lead, President & SVP Studio Operations, SVP Localisation).
  • This often involves pushing back on these stakeholders if they request timelines that we can’t deliver. Or to flag a delay that is going to add too much risk to the EMEA release.
  • Due to the implications of missed releases or missed pre-release screenings – press screenings, multimedia’s, exhibitor screenings etc. - if the process if not perfect, or someone does not do their job, then the result is ‘dark screens’. You will be accountable for ensuring there are no dark screens with a slate of 30+ titles per year. This requires a high level of strategic planning and input into process, system design and team management.
  • Continually update and refine the systems and workflows to improve the process. Use post-mortems to identify and resolve root causes. Ensure EMEA’s requirements are communicated and prioritised as necessary by Studio Ops and IT teams. Initiate change management plan as required.

Vendor Management:
  • The performance management of vendors occurs with the with the GM’s or COOs of relatively large companies like Deluxe, Eikon, Pixelogic. You need to hold these businesses and individuals to account and ensure they implement appropriate corrective actions plans, personnel changes, process changes as required.

Budget Responsibility:
  • You will be accountable for an annual budget of $4m related to mastering and distribution in and from London, staying within budget and working with vendor on any overspends and ensuring they can be offset elsewhere.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in Digital Cinema operations.
  • Ability to deal with high volume distribution transactions in complex business environments, across multiple markets.
  • Excellent process and systems competencies, especially in digital cinema and distribution.
  • Experience managing a team is essential.
  • Refining strategic direction of a business would be an advantage.
  • Vendor management and contract negotiation.
  • Significant experience at dealing with and managing multiple internal and external stakeholders across a global remit at a senior level.

Additional Information:

  • 25 days annual leave
  • Private medical insurance & dental care
  • Free Park Entry: You will have the opportunity to enter any of our parks with your family and friends for free
  • Disney Discounts: you are entitled to discounts on designated Disney products, resort F&B and ticketing
  • Flexible working hours are available
  • Excellent maternity & paternity leave
  • Business Resource Groups – Women @ Disney, Diversity @ Disney, Pride @ Disney etc.
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