Discovery

  • Scheduling Director - Male Brands UK

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    20565
    Location
    UK-London
    Career Category
    Programming & Production
    Type
    Company Employee Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Managing the UK Male Brands Quest, Discovery and Genre Channels, this role is responsible for the successful scheduling of the DNUK portfolio of male brands.

    This position will work to ensure that the schedules and long-range plans for all channels are developed and maintained to provide the business with strong, commercially successful male brands. This includes maximizing the ratings performance of new programming, effectively using library stock to drive volume, improving audience profile in line with commercial needs and working with the marketing team to support the brand values of the channel.

     

    The scheduling team is responsible for optimizing ratings performance across the DNUK portfolio of channels through the most effective use of program stock and a clear understanding of the commercial imperatives of the business.

     

    The scheduling director is responsible for ensuring the development of the scheduling team, shaping and developing schedule strategy for all male channels, coordinating and managing content sharing strategies and ensuring all contractual obligations and targets are adhered to and met.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead male factual, entertainment scheduling teams in developing strategies which maximize performance, whilst giving precedence to the flagship channels Quest and Discovery.
    • Maintain a deep understanding of output deal content and phasing and align UK schedules accordingly to key international priorities
    • Coordinate a cross functional group to ensure optimized DNUK portfolio scheduling strategy and flow of information between channels to ensure that schedules are complementary, that best practice is shared, and that any opportunities to share themes and avoid duplication and clashes are applied
    • Work with Research to build and maintain an in-depth knowledge of audiences and competitors and to identify opportunities and threats facing the portfolio of pay channels and on demand services
    • Develop relationships with on demand individuals and teams both internally and externally to maximize opportunity for prominence and performance of on demand services
    • Lead a team that engages and partners with the Commercial team, ensuring that the commercial needs of the business are represented and reflected in scheduling strategy, proactively fully supporting and deliver upon commercial opportunities
    • Grow new hits by working with the programming team to identify new opportunities that will stand out in a crowded marketplace
    • Schedule competitively - examining competitors for new trends, threats and opportunities in linear and non-linear environments.
    • Act as an ambassador for the department – building strong two-way relationships with Programming, Marketing, Sales, Research and Presentation, seeking their input into scheduling strategy where appropriate and sharing scheduling strategy accordingly
    • Communicate scheduling initiatives and forthcoming highlights to Press, Marketing, Creative Services, Sales, New Media and Scheduling
    • Responsible for the fulfillment, measuring and reporting of all Affiliate contractual obligations

    Requirements

    • A proven track record in developing schedule strategy ideally within a portfolio framework
    • An analytical mind with creative flair
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Excellent communication skills – needs to work at all levels of the organisation and co-operate with other departments
    • High motivation
    • Assertive and confident with a tenacious approach to problem solving
    • A team player, willing to seek and share expertise
    • Resilience to cope with the pressure of tight deadlines and a demanding workload with changing priorities
    • Understanding of audience research
    • Experience of working in a commercial organisation
    • Knowledge of the channel and/ or enthusiasm for factual programmes
    • Commercial focus

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