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Production Manager, Soccer (Freelance)


Stamford, CT, US, 06902

Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance (Non-Staff)

CBS Sports, a year-round leader in cross-platform sports coverage, broadcasts a portfolio of events on the CBS Television Network, including THE NFL ON CBS; college football, including the SEC ON CBS; college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship; golf, including The Masters®, PGA Championship and PGA TOUR; soccer, including the UEFA Champions League and NWSL; and CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR. 

In addition, the division includes CBS SPORTS NETWORK, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports which televises live sports programming throughout the year, including college football and basketball games, UEFA Champions League and Europa League action, Italy's Serie A matches, Concacaf national team competitions, as well as a full slate of original programming and studio coverage. 

CBS Sports also delivers an extensive lineup of global soccer coverage on Paramount+, including every UEFA club competition match, all Serie A matches as well as Concacaf national team competitions, and produces INSIDE THE NFL for Paramount+. CBS Sports Digital's multi-platform offerings include and the CBS Sports apps for mobile and connected TV devices; the 24/7 streaming sports news network CBS Sports HQ; 247Sports; MaxPreps; CBS Sports fantasy games; and SportsLine.


Overview & Responsibilities:

Working closely with the Coordinating Producer and Director, Production Operations. The Production Manager will actively participate in processes to determine the most efficient execution of the production plan within budgets.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares, manages, and communicates studio planning information. Reviews vendor options and compares costs. This position handles initial negotiations and the day-to- day management of studio shows.
  • Coordinates and arranges travel for technical, production, vendors and support personnel within budget guidelines. Responsible for timely reporting and reconciliation of those costs.
  • Participates or contributes to crew planning, crew lists, and staffing for in-studio and remote events as well as feature shoots. Coordinates with studio and feature subjects to identify and communicate requirements, requests, and access for CBS Sports Interactive events. Weekly meeting preparation and planning. The Production Manager is responsible for generating and distributing production memos and call sheets. Must review, edit and check all schedules and technical details before show documents are distributed.
  • The PM is responsible for completing and maintaining show budgets. Monitors and prepares monthly estimates, monthly estimates to completion and budget closes. The PM also authorizes, reconciles, tracks, and facilitates the payment of invoices and allocations. Includes vendors, remote production, and crew payroll.
  • Oversees and prepares for show on-site remote needs and logistics including travel, catering arrangements, location rentals, space allocation, access, credentials, security, crew parking, technical parking, and shipping.
  • Work closely with the Director, Production Operations, and Remote Technical Operations, Technical Managers on show planning, vendors and equipment selection, and upgrades. Updates to crew database, and venue information.
  • Distributes crew lists and paperwork for freelancers and remote operations staff. Approves freelancers’ expense reports, invoices, and hours.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience with budget preparation, budget tracking, posting, reporting, invoice approvals, coding, and reconciliation are required.
  • Familiarity with crewing, technical skill categories, skill levels and market rates is important, as this person will contribute to crewing and database management.
  • Must be a team-player with excellent team-building skills and have a positive attitude with a willingness to pitch in to get things done!
  • An understanding of television production and equipment.
  • Adaptable and capable of contributing new ideas to the team.
  • Experienced in Operations planning.
  • The ability to be flexible with “off-hours” communication and the understanding to handle problems in a 24/7 network environment.
  • Computer and strong communications skills are necessary.
  • Experience making travel arrangements for large groups and individuals.
  • Experience with remote events planning, high profile sports events and on-site remote experience.
  • Experience with contract negotiation and preparation.
  • Willingness to help and support new staff and freelance employees.


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access. as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. 

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