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Madison Square Garden

Burbank, California - United States
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Head of Productions, LA

Description

Overview

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; and The Chicago Theatre.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams –  the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.  Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group Hospitality, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment, dining and nightlife brands including Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Cathédrale.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

 

The Madison Square Garden Company’s vision is to revolutionize entertainment through MSG Sphere – state-of-the-art venues that will pioneer the next generation of immersive experiences and create unforgettable moments. MSG Sphere will utilize a number of cutting-edge technologies to become the first venue to deliver large-scale, fully immersive experiences. Inside the venue, these technologies include: the largest and highest resolution LED screen on Earth; an advanced acoustics system featuring beamforming technology; an infrasound haptic system that uses vibrations so guests can “feel” the experience; and connectivity that will deliver 25 megabits per second for every guest. Together these technologies will create a powerful platform, making MSG Sphere the venue of choice for a wide variety of content -- including attractions, concerts, residencies, corporate events, product launches and select sporting events. MSG is building its first MSG Sphere venue in Las Vegas with the goal of completing the project during calendar year 2021. In addition to its iconic spherical shape, MSG Sphere in Las Vegas will feature a fully programmable LED exterior.

Role Summary

The Head of Production is responsible for the effective and consistent high performing day to day running of live action production in the Los Angeles studio which is responsible for creating and executing on the media needs for MSG.

As one of the first key hires to the newly formed LA Studio, the Head of Production will work closely with the General Manager to build out the production operations and production management processes of the studio to serve the live action production needs for Sphere productions. He/She will be responsible for building an on-set crew, overseeing the day-to-day production management of all shoots and verifying dailies get ingested and distributed correctly. The Head of Production is responsible for overseeing and maintaining a smooth and consistent production operations, maximizing production value and quality while effectively communicating across the matrix of the organization.

Specific Functions/Activities Summary

• Oversees all live action production, aligning department staffing with requests and ensuring that capture needs are met seemlessly.
• Creates a pipeline for executing on production requests, building a database of line producers and other key on-set crew members who understand Sphere and how to shoot for it.
• With a thorough understanding of all capture equipment and the post-production pipelines of each camera, guides each show’s creative team to maximize their ability to capture great footage.
• Manages key staff, project budgets and collaborative management for the direction, growth and vision of the studio.
• Understands the challenges around locations and bring that expertise to the planning of crew and equipment being sent to capture images.
• Guides the vision behind and the shaping of content for our library that will be used as assets for future shows.
• Ensures transparency into production management, spend, reporting, methodologies, staffing and strategies on a regular basis to evaluate production performance.
• Facilitates strong interdepartmental communication and cooperation across all areas necessary for successful production such as, creative and production technology and IT.
• Works alongside the GM and People Practices to promote and implement local processes which ensure healthy, productive production operations.

Qualifications

• 15+ years’ experience live action production with leadership and oversight responsibilities across complex productions.
• A proven leader with experience on-location with multi-camera arrays, high resolution (8k+) capture and all issues pertaining to shooting in exotic locales.
• Experience in capturing for complex post-production pipelines and a desire to deeply understand how they influence capture decisions and vice versa.
• Passionate about creating stunning high resolution images and presenting them on the largest screen in the world
• Strong leadership, interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, negotiating, facilitation, organizational, prioritization, and decision-making skills.
• Excellent communication skills and experience cultivating creative working relationships with production technology, producers, artists, production management and Studio leaders.
• Proven mentoring, supervisory, talent development and team-building skills in a creative organization.
• Ability to work in a matrix environment and across multiple locations.
• Bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred.

• Oversees each production in the growing slate.

Education

Bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred.

EEO Statement

At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.