What you do in the job?
Similar to the PA/BA role, but the job involves much more responsibility, especially in the area of money and budgets which is becoming increasingly important as budgets get tighter and broadcasters become more demanding. You also have responsibility for general administration and the management of staff, both creative and operational.
Anne Bamber BBC TV
What qualities are required?
Good financial skills and managerial qualities. A clear overview of the production process and understanding of the funding of Television.
Key criteria you would normally need to meet for a Production Manager role;
You are likely to be a graduate.
You must have previous experience either as a PA or Production Manager within film and video.
You must have very strong organisation and communication skills
You must be able to work quickly and efficiently under pressure.
You must be confident in negotiating and agreeing prices/rates with crew and equipment suppliers.
You must have reasonable technical knowledge of camera equipment, shooting formats and the process of editing.
You must be resourceful and show plenty of initiative in researching and helping put productions together.
You must be client focussed and commercially aware.
You must be a team player but have the capability and confidence to work independently.
How you start and where you can go with it?
PA or PC is the most normal route in, but sometimes accountants are appointed. A PM may go onto direct or produce but more usually would progress up the managerial path in a larger organisation, such as the BBC, or onto Company Director in a small production company.