Sport Business Talent is working with OBS ( Olympic Broadcast Services) to recruit their future key role, a Coordinating Producer of News & Highlights to join their team in Madrid.
Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2001 in order to serve as the Host Broadcasting organisation for all Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and Youth Olympic Games. The Host Broadcaster is responsible for delivering the pictures and sounds of the Olympic Games to billions of viewers around the world. For more information visit www.obs.tv
At OBS, we are looking for a Coordinating Producer of News & Highlights to join our team and lead the planning and delivery of Olympic Channel News (OCN) during the Olympic Summer and Winter Games and the production of daily highlights programmes during the Youth Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
The Games-time channel operates around the clock from Day -2 to Day 17 and incorporates sports highlights, athlete interviews and features in a ready-to-air product for Rights Holding Broadcasters. All reporting is done from a global perspective, favouring no athlete or nation more than another. You’ll bring knowledge of newsroom operations as well as Olympic sport to the role, understanding the competition schedule and how the quick turnaround environment work together at Games time.
Your strong editorial skillset and attention to detail will be key assets in planning and delivering the OCN and, with the help of a Production Co-ordinator in the planning phase, you will shape the OCN’s future, being responsible for its day to day management and long-term planning, its content, programming, workflows, crewing, training and delivery.
The role will require you to travel to the various Olympìc Games for a period of up to 3 months.
- Lead the planning and delivery of the Olympic Channel News (OCN) channel and act as the primary contact and liaison person for the area within OBS, in particular leading the liaison with Content+ team to ensure OCN content is delivered to RHBs via that platform.
- Assuming the lead editorial role in overseeing the content production of both OCN and highlights programmes along with responsibility for any pre-Games features or other content produced
- Act as line manager for the News and Highlights Project Coordinator and the Olympic Information Service Operations and Planning Manager
- Manage the Gamestime crewing requirements (including interview process) for OCN and highlights production, liaising with Director of Production Management as required.
- For the YOG and Paralympic Games, liaise with OBS Co-ordinating Producers on the location of ENG cameras for coverage
- Present information on the channel to Rightsholding Broadcasters at World Broadcaster Meetings and other OBS organised meetings as required
- Determine the look and feel of the Channel and highlights programmes and work with designers to achieve look
- Oversee the planning of OCN Gamestime workflows, attending appropriate meetings with OBS Broadcast Engineering, Avid, EVS and other vendors as required. Attend factory acceptance tests of systems as required.
Skills & Experience
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a television broadcast or production environment, ideally including newsroom or highlights production experience
- Experience in a senior editorial role overseeing news, features or highlights production
- Experience of working on the Olympic Games or other major multi-sport event
- Native or near-native command of English, along with an ability to write in English to a journalistic standard, command of other languages is desirable.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office and ideally knowledge of standard broadcast products such as Avid iNews and EVS IPD etc
- Strong editorial leadership along with extensive experience in iNews or other newsroom systems operations.
- Extensive experience both leading and planning operations as well as creating and populating complex schedules and programming a 24/7 channel.
- Strong knowledge of features production and editing, as well as fast turnaround newsroom operations
- Good knowledge of Olympic sports and some understanding of the evolving digital landscape
- Prior experience working in a highlight ‘factory’ as well as experience of ENG sports coverage in terms of determining camera placements
- Comfortable and able to work ‘hands on’ in a small team during the planning stage and able to confidently step up to leading a large team during Games time.
- Strong technical understanding to be able to communicate with engineers about workflows and systems operations
- Ability to gather, analyse and evaluate facts, prepare and present concise oral and written reports
- High level of attention to detail and ability to write extensive briefing documents
- Sense of confidentiality and appropriate communication of information
- Positive and professional attitude, able to gain confidence and respect from management and staff without compromising independence and objectivity
- Self-directed, capable to work independently at all levels of the organisation
Workplace & Environment
- Fast paced work environment.
- Subject to national/international criminal background checks.
- The position requires travel including to host cities during Games Time (up to 3 months).