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Requisition Number 19-0174
Post Date 4/16/2019
Title Audiobook Producer
Organization Name Macmillan Audio
City New York
State NY
Description
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world, publishing a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.

U.S. publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.

Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences --race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective — in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC
Requirements
Position Description:

The producer will work on all aspects of audiobook production, including casting, directing, managing vendors, negotiating with talent and their representatives, plus all aspects of audiobook contracting and paperwork. The producer must be able to work with authors, narrators and a team of in-house and freelance producers to manage productions from the earliest phase of production through completion. Knowledge of audio and/or video editing is a must, plus an understanding of audio recording and studio production is preferred.

Major Responsibilities:

- Cast, direct, produce and deliver a wide variety of audiobooks
- Work with authors, agents and book editors to establish and secure casting choices
- Devise production budgets, negotiate narrator fees, manage narrator contracts and process invoices
- Produce and direct author-narrators, either in-house or remotely
- Monitor and track all phases of post-production with external vendors
- Ensure audio recorded in-house or external studios is distributed to the appropriate vendors for edit/qc/master
- Edit audio to create audio clips and troubleshoot audio issues
- Meet weekly with the production team to go over productions that are in progress and those that are upcoming
- Record audiobooks in-house studio with authors and actors (preferred, but not essential)
- Produce marketing materials (video and stills) for audiobook productions (preferred, but not essential)

Required Skills / Knowledge:

- Good knowledge of audiobook narrators, including established and emerging talent. For candidates not from an audiobook background, knowledge and experience of working with actors, VIPs and/or editorial talent in a broadcast media environment (Network, cable, digital video/OTT TV or radio services)
- Excellent organizational skills, especially production management and handling a wide variety of concurrent productions
- Strong budgeting and talent management skills
- Excellent communication skills, plus complete accuracy and attention to detail with all aspects of production
- Proficient in ProTools, Audacity or equivalent audio editing tools
- Knowledge of audio recording equipment and studios
- Proficient in Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs
- Good pop culture knowledge and a passion for books, audiobooks, podcasts, music, theater or TV is a must!

Experience Needed:

- 2-3 years in audiobook production, either in a publishing house, or working with vendors that supply audiobook recordings and/or post-production services. Equivalent experience in radio, TV or digital media production will be considered
- Direct experience of working with narrators and acting talent, either professional narrators, author narrators or VIPs
- Experience of pitching ideas within a group environment is preferred
- A proven self-starter that takes ownership of projects, able to work in a team environment to get the best product


Educational Background Required:

- College degree preferred, but will consider candidates with equivalent experience gained through direct work within the audiobook, radio, digital media and TV industries

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