Profile: production manager, drama

Deborah Morgan talks about the role of production manager on Waking the Dead. For Deborah there are two key attributes: multi-tasking, as PMs often have several problems to deal with at once, and diplomacy, since problems normally require a fast solution.

Production managers are in charge of the organisational side of a drama’s budget and schedule. Their jobs are mainly office based and they work to the line producer who is in overall charge of the budget.

"You have to be able to multi-task." – Deborah Morgan

They prepare contracts, ensure that everyone gets paid and organise the logistical aspects of a shoot in tandem with the first assistant director (AD). 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.

Deborah says there are two key attributes: multi-tasking, as PMs often have several problems to deal with at once, and diplomacy, since problems normally require a fast solution. She remarks that people don’t ring up to tell her that things are going really well, but only if something has gone wrong.

Ultimately, it all boils down to the relationships you have with the team and your suppliers. As Deborah explains, a lot of the time you need things quickly, so it is crucial to find people and suppliers who you can rely on to deliver.