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Executive Consultancy: News (A4550)

Executive Consultant: News (A4550)

An opportunity to devise and implement strategy for the News Channel of a major Media Group in CEE.

Based: UK with regular travel
6 months contract with the possibility of further extension

The Client
Our client is a leading Eastern European channel group which already enjoys huge success in the very competitive local market.

They are now looking for a UK based senior news executive with a track record of running a significant sized news operation and who can advise on a variety of operational and strategic areas, to make the operation more efficient.

This individual will look at the current news output focused on TV with online as a 2nd priority, and will advise on reshaping the business to take into account a more international approach to news coverage.

The Role
Reporting directly to the CEO, the Executive Consultant will advise on all aspects of the news operation, analysing the current processes, defining key improvement areas and producing a clear roadmap on how to implement changes.

Key Responsibilities -
-Evaluating current news coverage and advising on potential inconsistencies with the news industry standards and best practice.
- Evaluating news department organizational structure and key news production processes and advising on efficiency improvements
- Act as a coach to the Head of News department supporting the change effort in bringing the news department to a more international coverage approach
- Advise on best practices and trends in news coverage

This role will be based in the UK with frequent trips abroad. Additional resources will be available on a project by project basis. There will be an initial 6 month contract with a possibility of extension.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have a wide range of experience in broadcasting, digital media, management, human resource development, global media strategy, program production, news gathering, and news production.

They need to have a strong track record in editorial content development and a high level of integrity. They must also have knowledge of the political landscape in the CEE region.

Details
A significant remuneration package is offered, in line with the individual's experience.

For further details, please send an email (with an attached CV in Word format) to application@luminasearch.com

Executive Consultant: Business Transformation Strategy - Major Broadcaster (A4548)

Executive Consultant: Business Transformation Strategy (A4548)

An opportunity to devise and implement an entire business transformation strategy for a major media group in CEE.

The Client
Our client is a leading Eastern European channel group which already enjoys huge success in the very competitive local market.

The Role
Reporting to the CEO, you will be charged with looking at current internal processes and find ways to improve the overall business workflow to make the business more financially sustainable in the long term - covering all aspects of the channels' operations. Ultimately, you will help grow audiences, market share and commercial viability.

Key Responsibilities -
- Identifying areas and opportunities to improve organisational effectiveness, including processes, structures, initiatives.
- Consult on a continuous improvement culture to generate multi-year value creation strategies.
- Translating business strategy to transformation objectives, metrics and processes.
- Identifying potential process gaps and consult on addressing them.
- Provide guidance on business process engineering, including best practice, methodology and tools.

This role will be based in the UK with frequent trips abroad. Additional resources will be available on a project by project basis. There will be an initial 6 month contract with a possibility of extension.

The Candidate
To succeed in this role, you should already have significant experience and a strong track record of leading the transformational effort in a media business.

Specifically, you need:

- Experience in formulating policy, developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
- Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, and expertise in Change Management.
- Ability to develop financial plans, plus analysing and interpreting financial data.
- Exceptional communications skills, including the ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
- Commercial mindset, and a natural talent for identifying sources of sponsorship and other revenue streams, plus securing deals.
- Very strong commercial skills
- Ability to manage senior stakeholders and work with staff at all levels.

Experience in a Media Consultancy firm or in-house at a major media business would be very helpful for this role

Details
A significant remuneration package is offered, in line with the individual's experience.

For further details, please send an email (with an attached CV in Word format) to application@luminasearch.com

Head of Commissioning - Unscripted (Germany) (A4534)

Head of Commissioning - Unscripted (Germany) (A4534)

A key commissioning role at a leading internet VOD provider, leading the sourcing, planning and execution for unscripted content with a specific focus on the German market.

The Client
Our client is an international provider of VOD content, and is home to a huge portfolio of original content.

The Role
You will be responsible for multiple projects in development and production as well as a high volume of submissions and meetings.

Key Responsibilities -
- Act as the main point of contact and support for producers, writers, agents within the German territory
- Establish new creative relationships in the German marketplace
- Evaluate a broad range of materials, making recommendations on submissions to enter in to development and subsequent green light
- Manage the production from inception to launch, interacting with key stake holders internally and externally during this process.

The Candidate
With an in depth knowledge of the German TV market, you will have experience in managing unscripted shows from production to launch in either a production or commissioning capacity.

You will have excellent relationships with German producers, writer and agents in order to harness the best creative ideas and talent, and have the ability to communicate effectively with them through all stages of the process.

It’s essential that you are positive and proactive, happy to work in non-hierarchal environment, and that you are adaptable to change as the business develops.

Fluency in German & English is crucial for this role.

Details
An attractive salary is available to the successful candidate.

Head of Commissioning - Unscripted (France) (A4506)

Head of Commissioning - Unscripted (France) (A4506)

A key commissioning role at a leading internet VOD provider, leading the sourcing, planning and execution for unscripted content with a specific focus on the French market.

The Client
Our client is an international provider of VOD content, and is home to a huge portfolio of original content.

The Role
You will be responsible for multiple projects in development and production as well as a high volume of submissions and meetings.

Key Responsibilities -
- Act as the main point of contact and support for producers, writers, agents within the French territory
- Establish new creative relationships in the French marketplace
- Evaluate a broad range of materials, making recommendations on submissions to enter in to development and subsequent green light
- Manage the production from inception to launch, interacting with key stake holders internally and externally during this process.

The Candidate
With an in depth knowledge of the French TV market, you will have experience in managing unscripted shows from production to launch in either a production or commissioning capacity.

You will have excellent relationships with French producers, writer and agents in order to harness the best creative ideas and talent, and have the ability to communicate effectively with them through all stages of the process.

It’s essential that you are positive and proactive, happy to work in non-hierarchal environment, and that you are adaptable to change as the business develops.

Fluency in French & English is crucial for this role.

Details
An attractive salary is available to the successful candidate.

Executive Consultant, News (A4488)

Executive Consultant - Major News Organisation (A4488)

A senior advisory position for a global news broadcaster building their new state-of-the-art facilities in London.

The Client
Our client is an international broadcaster, with offices across the globe on several continents. They specialise in providing news and current affairs content for their television channels and digital platforms. Their TV news channels are available globally on most major satellite and cable platforms, plus an extensive digital footprint across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Launching a new start-up office in London, our client is seeking to create a significant news operation to cover Europe, with the ultimate aim to build a well-staffed hub producing news content for their global channels.

The Role
The successful candidate will advise on all operational and regulatory matters and serve as a bridge between the regional and international operation as the channel gears up to launching its international service.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fledgling news service and help build the regional hub.

The client is looking for a seasoned news executive with a strong track record, and highly respected by their peers.

The successful candidate will consult in the following areas:
• Staff Recruiting
• Work flow and organization
• UK broadcast environment, rules, regulations, practices
• Programming and Program development
• Global market strategy in digital and broadcast areas
• Television and digital convergence
• Mentoring of staff
• Clear and candid advice to management with an outside perspective.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have:
• Degree in Journalism, Communications, or related international field
• Extensive experience in television news and management experience, with a track record at a senior level
• International news gathering, production, and television/digital field experience – including operational management experience
• Great connections to the UK television news industry
• Experience of working in a multi-cultural business and comfortable working with culturally diverse business and media practices.
• Start up and channel launch experience would be very helpful.

A full job description is available on request.

Details
Our client is offering an attractive package to attract the very best talent. If you have the skills and experience stated above and would like to discuss this role in complete confidence, please contact Anne Fenton, MD of Lumina Search at: anne@luminasearch.com.

HR Director - Urgent Requirement (A4487)

HR Director - Major News Organisation (A4488)

An exciting, strategic HR role with an international news broadcaster, building their state-of-the-art London facilities.

The Client
Our client is an international broadcaster, with offices across the globe on several continents. They specialise in providing news and current affairs content for their television channels and digital platforms. Their TV news channels are available globally on most major satellite and cable platforms, plus it has an extensive digital footprint across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Launching a new start-up office in London, our client is seeking to create a significant news operation to cover Europe, with the ultimate aim to build a well-staffed hub producing news content for their global channels.

The Role
A superb opportunity to play a key role in building up the London base for an international broadcaster, the successful candidate will be responsible for designing strategy as well as HR processes. They will also be responsible for growing the HR team and executing these policies too.

The successful candidate will:

• Organize and implement the recruitment and on-boarding process.
• Be responsible for employee relationship management
• Plan and design human resource policies and procedures maintain management guidelines by implementing and administering human resource policies and procedures.
• Plan and design compensation and performance management and procedure
• Implement and administer salary management and performance appraisal system, conduct evaluation and data collecting and analysing.
• Have comprehensive understanding of UK employment laws, prevent risk and manage labour disputes.
• Assist the company to ensure the new hire orientation process properly introduces new employees to the corporate culture.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have:
• Bachelor’ degree in Human Resources, Business Management or related field.
• Extensive experience in the news industry is required for consideration
• Experienced in management for television news industry is preferred.
• Responsible, conscientious, patient and thrive under pressure.
• Have experience working with other cultures and management styles
• Easy-going, motivated, hardworking, meticulous, rational, a good sense of teamwork and good communication

Please note that there is also an interim short term opportunity which would commence as soon as possible

Details
Our client is offering an attractive package to attract the very best talent. If you have the skills and experience stated above and would like to discuss this role in complete confidence, please contact Anne Fenton, MD of Lumina Search at: anne@luminasearch.com.

Chief Executive Officer - Film Sales & Distribution (A4463)

Chief Executive Officer
A rare leadership role at a successful Film Distributor and Sales Agency.

The Company
Our client is a leading all-rights sales agency and distribution company representing the greatest names in filmed entertainment. Backed by a very successful Venture Capital business, its classic films distribution and sales divisions represent the major Hollywood and British studios, as well as a large number of independent producers and rights holders.

Its contemporary division finances, sells and distributes arts, cultural and independent feature films. Operating worldwide, the company aims to enable audiences to experience classic and contemporary cinematic content, through working with theatrical exhibition, television, digital and home entertainment partners.

The Role
The CEO will supervise and control all strategic and operational aspects of the company, whilst working to define and deliver the future vision for long-term success.

Strategy
• Deliver growth for the existing business, identifying opportunities to expand the rights library and exploit new markets
• Develop high quality business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives
• Focus on sustainability and future-proofing, by responding to market risks and embracing new distribution technologies
• Consult with investors and outside entities to expand the vision for the company and take steps to make it a reality
• Implement initiatives to further develop the distribution infrastructure, to optimise the services and value for clients, responding and adapting to their needs.

Leadership & Culture
• Lead, motivate and develop all staff to ensure they can deliver to agreed performance standards
• Provide strong, motivational and pragmatic leadership
• Maintain a positive and productive culture in the workplace
• Participate as a member of the board, providing advice and guidance to contribute to the effective governance of the Group.

Finance & Operations
• Regularly review company financial accounts and non-financial metrics; devise improvements and implement solutions to any new challenges
• Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure the desired results and are achieved and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission
• Producing reports and explore ways to reduce costs, improve margins and increase revenues.

Market Knowledge & Relationships
• Maintain a deep knowledge of the international film markets and industry, keeping the Board fully appraised of strategically important market / sector developments
• Build and maintain trusted relationships with key partners and stakeholders, developing and maintaining key relationships with senior executives at all of the major Hollywood and British film distribution companies
• Build and maintain excellent relationships with cinemas to maximise the film distribution revenues
• Act as the main point of contact for our shareholders
• Identify and build relationships with new IP owners, partners and cinemas
• Work with IP owners, film festivals and other 'showcase' partners to bring film restorations and retrospective programs and Indie films to new markets and audiences.

Please note: This role is based in Glasgow and cannot be undertaken from elsewhere.

The Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a business and operational mind-set but will also be able to see the ‘big picture’. They will be strong on operational detail and be numbers oriented, whilst also keeping the human element in perspective. Crucially the CEO will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key partners and clients who license films to the company.

Required
• P&L responsibility experience: The successful candidate will have had P&L responsibility (£5m+) either as a standalone CEO or as divisional leader in a bigger organisation. Ideally with a global remit and proven success in executing profitable growth strategies and implementing vision
• A passion for film: The successful candidate will have a passion for classic and contemporary film and / or experience working in the industry with an understanding of the key players, distribution and exhibition, and film marketing.

Desired
• Digital technology experience: The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of technology (preferably in marketing), possibly having either worked in the tech industry or having a strong interest in technology-enabled systems and process enhancement
• Studio Relationships; The ideal candidate will have existing relationships with the major and independent US Studios and understand their internal politics and processes.

Details
A highly Competitive starting salary is offered together with participation in a generous bonus, benefits and equity schemes.

To arrange a discussion about the role in complete confidence, please send in your CV below and our MD, Anne Fenton will be in contact.

SVP, International Physical Sales and Distribution, Home Entertainment (A4467)

SVP, International Physical Sales and Distribution, Home Entertainment

A superb opportunity to join a major US studio in an international role overseeing the Physical Home Media sales from its London office.

This senior executive-level role requires 15+ years' sales and distribution experience in international home media or related industries, in a leadership role.

The COMPANY
Our client is a Hollywood studio, with a long successful history distributing some of the world’s much loved movies. From action thrillers to Sci-Fi franchises, the studio continues to release successful films both theatrical and on home media.

The ROLE
Reporting into the LA-based EVP, this is a key leadership role overseeing the entire physical media sales business, covering forecasting, strategy and market analysis and managing third party operations.

This position is accountable for defining sales targets, ensuring territories meet the goals, while aligning sales objectives within the studio’s wider strategy. Additional responsibilities include leadership and motivation of the sales team, fostering a high-performance culture.

As this role has an international scope, there will be extensive travel to visit regional offices and relevant territories.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Align the sales organisation’s objectives with business strategy through active participation in the strategic planning, sales strategy development, annual and quarterly forecasting, sales resource planning, and budgeting process
• Meet assigned targets for net sales, market share, contribution margin and other strategic performance objectives
• Lead and refine the sales organisations high performance management processes and culture. This includes embedding the sales organisational principles for managing high performance, embedding critical performance measures for all sales roles; and overseeing the equitable allocation of organisation objectives across all the defined area of responsibility
• Provide leadership, coaching and development to the sales team, while fostering a culture of high-performance and accountability
• Accountable for the sales organisation supporting budget including but not limited to Trade Investment. Proactively assessing existing sales organisation investments (ensuring efficient return), including those in technology, training, and administrative support
• Lead the identification, formulation and communication of sales strategy for physical including, competitive analysis, capabilities assessments, forecasting and cost/revenue projections, and developing strategic recommendations. Working closely with the planning, marketing and finance teams on the sales strategy
• Secure promotional opportunities on partner platforms; ensure operational goals, execution of content strategy and compliance with contractual obligations
• Research and explore emerging business models and trends; conduct market assessments to formulate physical international business strategies
• Lead and support the sales organisation change initiatives by continuously assessing the need for organisational change, championing change initiatives, and removing obstacles impeding constructive and progressive organisational change.
• Develop Licensing strategy to maximise the return on the studio’s assets
• Establish and maintain productive peer-to-peer relationships with customers and other internal and external stakeholders
• Oversee the execution marketing strategies for launch of physical new release and catalogue content to ensure effective implementation of such strategy.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will possess:

• 15+ years' sales and distribution leadership in home media or related industries
• Extensive experience in physical media distribution and business development, or related media/entertainment required
• Proven success in driving superior value from direct management and/or leadership of large scale national and/or multinational customers
• Ability to think strategically and consider longer term impacts
• Highly numerate, analytical and commercially astute
• Excellent communication and ability to influence at all levels with confidence to challenge appropriately
• Strong presentation and negotiation skills required, including the ability to successfully communicate with internal and external decision makers; excellent oral and written communications skills
• Strong experience analysing and presenting all relevant market, industry and company factors to support proactively identifying targets and priorities; experience in navigating complex issues that straddle business, legal, product and technology considerations
• Ability to contribute to high level strategy in addition to being a master of details and process when needed.

Details
An attractive package including bonus potential will be tailored to the successful candidate.

If you have the credentials for this role and are interested to learn more, please contact Anne Fenton (anne@luminasearch.com) for more details.

Executive Director, Creative - Music (A4383)

Executive Director, Creative

This is a key role with a global music rights organisation.

The successful candidate will create and sustain relationships with the music community across Europe, and help ensure our client maintains and builds on its position as a market leader.

The Client
Our client is global leader in music rights management, exploiting a vast catalogue of musical works on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers.

The organisation sees itself as an advocate for the value of music, and ensures its talent receives a fair share of the commercial proceeds of its exploitation.

The Role
The wide range of talent the organisation represents are at its heart, and the role of maintaining and building on these talent relationships is of the highest importance.

As the ‘European Ambassador’ for the organisation, you’ll be expected to maintain a high profile in the industry, and closely follow current and emerging music trends.

You’ll provide leadership to the London team as they maintain contacts with established writers and publishers, and their agents, managers and attorneys across Europe.

Ultimately, your efforts will facilitate a flow of new music to be represented by the organisation enabling it to build market share across all genres and platforms.

The Candidate
The exceptional candidate our client is searching for must have considerable depth of experience within the music business – and they will already achieved a recognisable degree of success, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues, competitors and talent in the process.

Experience working closely with music rights will be invaluable – as will international connections and experience.

Details
The successful candidate will enjoy the prestige of the role, combined with a competitive remuneration package.

To arrange a discussion about the role in complete confidence, please send in your CV to Lumina below

Head of Business Development (A4456)

Head of Business Development (A4456)

A superb opportunity to join a leading integrated producer / broadcaster

The Client
Our client is one of the leading TV production and distribution businesses in the UK, responsible for producing some of the world’s most popular dramas and format programming. In recent years, after successfully executing expansion plans into Europe and US, it has strengthened its position as a global leader of TV content building extensive partnerships with broadcasters and OTT platforms to provide top quality programming from their 40,000 hour library.

The Role
This key role focuses on identification and execution of strategic and new business development projects internationally. Reporting directly to the COO, the successful candidate will lead the negotiation and delivery of new business opportunities on a project basis, ensuring a strategic and analytical approach is adopted when evaluating and executing these opportunities.

You will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating financial, product, market, operational, and related analysis and research to support the identification and execution of strategic and business planning. In addition you will be the lead business partner for the scripted production company investments made within the group.

The Candidate
You will have a strong record of managing corporate negotiations / transactions from end to end, liaising with external advisers and business stakeholders.

You will be proactive with strong business acumen, preferably within the programme distribution and production industry and possess a proven track record of deal negotiation and subsequent management of performance.

You must have first class interpersonal and influencing skills and the ability to manage complex relationships across organisational boundaries. You will also have excellent analytical and financial modelling skills and have the ability to produce exceptional written materials and presentations.

An understanding of the international TV production and distribution landscape is essential.

MBA/Post Graduate business qualifications are preferred and the successful candidate is likely to have worked in a consulting/strategy role either in-house or in a Consultancy Practice. European language skills would be useful.

A full job description is available on request.

Details
This role has an attractive base salary, together with bonus and other benefits.