Viacom Inc Senior Director, Production (Games) - Nickelodeon in Burbank, California
Overview and Responsibilities
The Sr. Director, Production – Games is responsible for overseeing all phases of development for the portfolio of game projects from concept phase through release and live operations for both license and internal game projects, focusing specifically on Big Kids games production.
Responsible to help identify, select, negotiate and manage external game developers and other third parties to ensure high quality games delivered within established budgets and schedules.
The position manages a team of game producers, at various levels, and maintains oversight of all game and related projects, ensuring the communication of product goals, progress, and any potential risks.
The Sr. Director, Production – Games manages communication and reporting to stakeholders and executive management, as well as external stakeholders (i.e. Show units, NCR, etc.).
Develop and champion games roadmap for licensed and self-published titles, including any franchise plans specific to product IP
Create, implement and manage Nick Games production processes, policies and procedures for internal and external use
Participate in the Identification and selection of quality publishing and development partnerships
Improve and evolve the Nick Games production and organizational structure
Work with other Nickelodeon divisions to identify and execute synergistic opportunities across gaming platforms
Work with development to identify game projects to take to “green-light” and help define success metrics
Work to create developer agreements along with legal and business development, including creation of milestone and payment schedules, and communicate production related issues to the appropriate parties
Serve as the executive contact with external developers and licensees throughout the production process and product life cycles
Oversee the review of and approval of submitted milestones
Manage production budgets against individual product P/L’s
Develop strong relationships between all parties to maintain a reliable and timely flow of information as necessary
Collaborates with marketing and PR to ensure effective synergy, distribution and promotion across the entire portfolio of Nickelodeon games
Coordinate with all necessary departments and divisions as needed to facilitate delivery of projects and materials to ensure milestone deliveries are on time
Work closely with the appropriate staff to research and identify any clearances for materials needed for publishing and/or marketing
Keep key stakeholders informed of product status and vision throughout the project, including milestone updates, work-in-process presentations, etc)
Manage brand clearances adhering to standard and brand approval requirements
Participate in the due diligence process for external partners
Represent production concerns for projects during roadmap planning and ongoing process
Oversee milestone assessment for all projects
Write and complete timely performance reviews
Mentors and develops Producers at all levels
Create staffing plans based on product roadmap
BA/BS preferred or equivalent work-related experience
Minimum 8 years of experience in production or product development of console/mobile/pc games resulting in the creation top quality titles
Solid background in understanding different game business models including free-to-play and direct to consumer games
Experience managing P&L, strong understanding of finance
Proven knowledge and key success metrics of free-to-play games
Ability to clearly communicate with executive stakeholders and provide project status based on business strategy and goals
Ability to manage external relationships with developers and publishing partners
Strong knowledge of the games industry and the various platforms (Mobile/Console/PC)
Passion for creating games and gaming in general
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