CBS Corporation Associate Production Manager - Smithsonian Channel - Washington DC in Washington, District Of Columbia

Associate Production Manager - Smithsonian Channel - Washington DC

REF#: 28374

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Smithsonian Networks

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff


JOB LOCATION: Washington, DC


Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Polar Bear Town, The Weapon Hunter, The Lost Tapes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Building Star Trek, The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima, MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Responsible for various aspects of production management for Smithsonian Networks. Works with internal producers and outside production companies to vet and analyze budgets. Helps keeps multiple projects on or under budget. and delivery schedules on target. Helps maintain communication between outside Production Companies and Network. Supports Production and Post Production departments for in-house program tracking. Reports to VP of Production Management.


  • Assist in preparation and revision of contract exhibits and in-house production film budgets.

  • Tracks financial information with regard to production budgets. Tracks schedule for editorial cuts with Smithsonian Review Board. Reviews and approves contractor invoices. Researches and negotiates equipment rental when required. Supports Production Management of in-house programs as assigned.


  • Proficiency with Excel; MS Project; budgeting databases and Asset databases.

  • Keen ability to create budgets from reading treatments, and proficiency in matching assumptions to budget revisions quickly and effectively.

  • Understanding of studio, video equipment and ability to research new technologies and related costs to production.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong understanding of production processes; ability to handle deadline pressure and multiple tasks; negotiation and supervisory abilities; outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, a must.

  • Discretion and strong sense of integrity are vital. Knowledge of EP budgeting, Excel, Quickbooks, and accounting principles preferred.


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