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This is an exciting career opportunity for a highly experienced finance executive with a strong background in film & TV production.
The role is based in the MENA region with substantial regional travel.
The tax-free remuneration package will reflect the importance of the role.
Our client is a major producer of filmed entertainment content, primarily for the Middle Eastern market. Their content is distributed via their numerous tv channels and their own streaming service to a regional audience of millions.
The company’s total annual budget covering a wide range of TV and feature film projects is in the hundreds of millions of dollars – which explains the importance of this role.
Reporting to the Group CFO, the role will require you to gain a firm grasp of the production finance function, ensuring that productions are adequately financed on the best possible terms and that the company’s production finance team and processes are optimised.
The role requires extensive experience of production finance perhaps as a CFO for a production company or a Studio division.
You must be confident and comfortable dealing with co-producers, banks, other Corporate and Government officials – and colleagues.
The role will be demanding and is not for someone looking for the easy life! There will be extensive travel both between Dubai and KSA and further afield. And the volume of projects (and related deadlines) requires an exceptional individual who is organised, calm, and fast-thinking.
The tax-free remuneration package will be substantial and will reflect the seniority and responsibility attached to the role.
If you would like to know more, please send your details (or a link to your LinkedIn profile) to our MD Anne Fenton who is leading this search.
Our client is a major Middle East group with multiple leisure-sector interests including film exhibition and distribution. The company acquires its own films for distribution in the region and also distributes on behalf of two Major US Studios.
Reporting to the Head of Sales & Distribution, you will be expected to develop excellent working relationships with exhibitor programming teams / cinema managers across a number of Gulf markets, and some further afield.
You will ensure film bookings are optimal and the best possible terms negotiated - and that in-cinema exposure (including trailers, posters, custom installations, etc.) is maximised.
Ultimately, you will ensure each film reaches its full revenue potential.
You will also:
Contribute to dating/release strategies
Estimate film performance, i.e. opening weekend box office, full-run forecasts, etc
Provide insights and analysis on local market trends and aim to identify new opportunities for the company
Work closely with the Technical Operations Manager to plan distribution requirements for each film’s release, including censorship and version/format (3D, IMAX etc.) requirements
Oversee the Logistics Exec in ensuring all materials reach their destination ahead of schedule and within budget
Manage the Snr Sales & Distribution Exec, Middle East, who is responsible for ensuring all the US Studio’s Sales systems are updated each week, as well as internal company tools
Travel as needed to censorship screenings in territories, sharing feedback with the Technical Operations Manager regarding edit requirements
Review Arabic trailer and feature subtitles (if possible)
To succeed in this role, you must have prior experience in the international entertainment sector – ideally in film distribution, with a good working knowledge of the film distribution process and of the relationships between distributors and exhibitors.
If you have experience in a regional office dealing with multiple international markets, so much the better
Arabic language skills would be useful for this role but they are not essential (if not Arabic, then other language skills will be regarded positively). Regardless, you must have an international outlook and be used to and tolerant of different cultures and attitudes.
You must be numerate, with an analytical mind and entrepreneurial mindset. You must also have advanced Excel skills and be able to device detailed but comprehensible spreadsheets.
The role is based in the Middle East and there will be considerable international travel within the Middle East and sometimes further afield.
Salary and benefits will be competitive – and are tax free in the Middle East.
If interested in the role, please send your CV & Cover letter to email@example.com