Profile: production manager
Amanda Broderick, production manager on Lambing Live, talks about organising and leading a production team. While their jobs are mainly office based, they usually begin work on a production as soon as it has been commissioned and will see the programme all the way through filming and post production until it is delivered to the broadcaster.
As Amanda Broderick explains, production managers oversee all aspects of the day-to-day running of shoots. They work closely with producers and series producers and will usually oversee the work done by production coordinators and runners.
"You have to be a creative problem solver." – Amanda Broderick
They prepare contracts, ensure that everyone gets paid, oversee health and safety and organise the logistical aspects of a shoot, like transport and catering. But they must also do all the long term planning for a production, forecasting expenditure and ensuring that the programme is delivered on budget. They also negotiate rates for equipment and personnel. PMs must be highly organised, able to work to tight deadlines and problem solve when things go wrong.
On Lambing Live, Amanda works with a diverse set of people, from BBC staff to freelancers and outside broadcast companies. Communication is paramount, as is the ability to think on your feet. As she emphasises, a production manager is the backbone of any production.