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Producer

Company: The Teaching Company
Location: Chantilly
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: PRODUCER

Corporate Overview:

A pioneer in the lifelong-learning market, The Teaching Company is a popular and growing media company that produces The Great Courses: a series of comprehensive and engaging, university-level, video and audio courses taught by the world's greatest professors without the pressure of schedules, homework, or exams.

The Great Courses cover a wide variety of topics ranging from traditional liberal arts subjects, such as philosophy, history, literature, and the sciences, to practical classes, in photography, foreign languages, health and wellness, business skills, and much more. The company has ongoing partnerships with venerable educational brands such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Mayo Clinic, The Culinary Institute of America, and others.

The Teaching Company has developed a catalog of over 700 courses comprising over 8,900 hours of content. The Great Courses are delivered to customers via digital streaming, DVD, and CD sales on the e-commerce site www.TheGreatCourses.com; and, most recently, through The Great Courses Plus, a digital subscription platform that PC Magazine has called"Netflix for Learning." The Great Courses can be found on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Channels, Comcast Xfinity Video on Demand, Audible.com, Recorded Books, Kanopy, Hoopla, and more.

The Great Courses also has highly rated apps available across most major app platforms, including iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Alexa.

Since its establishment in 1990, The Teaching Company has sold more than 25 million courses and prominent and loyal customers of The Teaching Company include Bill Gates, Charles Schwab, and George Lucas, to name a few.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Supervising Producer, the Producer will be responsible for managing one of several production teams in all aspects of pre- and post-production of highly-produced, long-format multimedia video courses, with overall responsibility for the audio/visual representation of the content, delivered on-time and within budget.

Working collaboratively with the professor/talent, the Content Developer, and a dedicated production team, the Producer maximizes the learning experience by planning, designing, and selecting visual elements, and by making editing and production decisions that maximize viewer engagement.

Additionally, the Producer performs project management tasks for course completion, such as planning and overseeing studio and/or field taping sessions, developing schedules and budgets, and ensuring that every detail is in place (e.g., final audio, lecture titles, etc.), prior to delivering a finished product to the Quality Assurance Department.

Key Relationships

Reports to: Supervising Producer

Other Key Relationships: Director of Creative, Director, Business Operations&Planning, Content Developer, Production Manager, Preditor, Editor, Associate Producer, Graphic Artist, Audio Engineer, Studio Personnel.

Major resposibilities


  • Overall responsibility for production team's execution& delivery of all aspects of pre- and post-production on-time and on-budget.
  • Establish a collaborative relationship with professor/talent from pre- to post-production, in partnership with the Content Developer and Intellectual Property/Associate Producer.
  • Review the professor's script submissions with the content development team and make production recommendations to enhance the content experience and boost engagement.
  • Create a pre-production plan by interpreting professor outlines and scripts, with an emphasis on research, design, and selection of visual production elements for the course.
  • Communicate with scheduling team about key milestones and deliverables and collaborate to adjust resources as needed
  • Prepare for studio and/or field taping, including selection of props and studio material selection and advising/coaching talent on performance.
  • Oversee the control room and studio process during taping sessions, including studio personnel (director, teleprompter op., camera ops.) to ensure presentation of content is stylistically appropriate, on brand and maximizes engagement.
  • Make editorial decisions in post-production that enhance engagement and the viewer comprehension of the course material, which can often be intellectually complex and challenging.
  • Design, edit, and proof graphic materials and on-screen text with graphic artists and editors.
  • Ensure delivery of all elements to the Quality Control team on or before the due date (completed lectures, final titles, style guide and any bonus materials)
  • Act as producer and editor of course or content as assigned.

    Ideal Experience

    The ideal candidate for the Producer position at The Teaching Company will have:

    • Innate creativity and an ability to communicate complex creative ideas clearly and effectively to a dedicated production staff.
    • Experience producing educational video.
    • Strong project management skills; ability to guide a project through each phase to completion.
    • A command of all aspects of the HD video production process.
    • A minimum of 5 years producing for television or other fact-based video programming outlets.
    • Experience with Adobe Premiere.
    • Ability to function as a strong leader within a highly collaborative environment.
    • Ability to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced video production setting.
    • Excellent attention to detail while working with complex informational content.
    • Proven ability to work within a set schedule, and time& budgetary constraints, while not sacrificing the creativity and quality of the end product.
    • Working knowledge of Photoshop.
    • BA or MA, preferably in Video production or Communications (with an emphasis on production)

Keywords: The Teaching Company, Chantilly , Producer, Other , Chantilly, Virginia

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