The Manager position will reside in the Factual division of Global Talent Management & Operations (GTMO) and will be based in the Los Angeles office. This person will act as a primary liaison between on-air talent featured on Discovery and Science and their respective networks. The manager’s role is to strengthen relationships, navigate talent issues and inquiries, and support DCI business initiatives. The manager will also leverage talent to support DCI content that drive ratings and revenue, with a focus on developing and maximizing the talent’s brand worldwide.
1. Engage talent early in the production process to build/maintain personal and business relationships.
2. Onboard/orient talent to the network and provide ongoing guidance and mentorship throughout the term of the talent’s relationship with the company.
3. Track milestones in the talent’s personal and professional lives with a focus on understanding the talent’s deal terms, interests, skills, expertise, etc.
4. Work closely and build relationships with relevant internal and external parties, including executive producers, lawyers, agents, managers, publicists etc. to form a comprehensive talent management strategy.
5. Navigate and troubleshoot talent crises. Manage each stage of the situation to protect relationships with talent as well as company’s business interests.
6. Broker conversations between talent and DCI business units such as ad sales, marketing, communications, commerce, international, etc. to develop and support business initiatives.
7. Act as strategic counsel to Discovery key executives in connection with talent management, talent business strategy and issue resolution.
8. Maintain talent information in Discovery’s talent database, including contact information, representation, brand use, and other key details.
9. Accompany and manage talent at DCI activities and events, such as marketing and ad sales shoots, upfront presentations, TCA, etc.
10. Coordinate all talent travel and logistics as it relates to non-press and production events.
• BA/BS degree and 5+ years’ experience working in television or entertainment industry.
• Thorough knowledge of on-air talent business, including understanding of talent contractual terms (experience managing VIPs is preferred).
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and diplomacy, as well as the ability to exemplify calmness and composure.
• Ability to contribute and thrive in high-energy, high-profile, and detail-oriented environment.
• Capacity to manage and prioritize in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
• Strong organization, critical reasoning, and problem-solving skills/abilities.
• Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
• Ability to travel quickly and often when needed.
• Must have the legal right to work in the United States.