Chief Operating Officer

10 Mar 2015
20 Mar 2015
Job Type


All3Media is one of the UK's leading independent television, film and digital production and distribution companies. The Group comprises 20 production and distribution companies across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and the USA including Apollo20, Bentley Productions, Company Pictures, IdtV, John Stanley Productions, Lime Pictures, Lion Television, Little Dot Studios, Maverick Television, MME Moviement, Morocco Junction, North One Television, Objective Productions, Optomen, One Potato Two Potato, South Pacific Pictures, Studio Lambert, Zoo Productions, All3Media America and All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

The main strategic challenges for the business in the next few years include:

  • Continuing to strengthen the Group’s market leading position in the UK and Germany, especially in Fact/Ent and Ent formats and in scripted programming;
  • Increasing the Group’s global presence, with a particular focus on accelerating growth in the US;
  • Developing the Group’s commercial exploitation capabilities, especially in digital and licensing/merchandising;
  • Building a strong collaborative relationship with our shareholders and capitalising on the benefit of being part of two global and very successful media organisations.

The COO Role:

The role reports to the CEO and works closely with the Group CFO, Director of Corporate Development and Group HR Director.

This individual must have a background in television, having held commercial roles in a production and/or broadcasting environment and with experience of managing creative talent relationships and an understanding and track record of exploiting IP. The individual should have an established network of industry contacts in the UK and overseas.

The COO must form a close and productive working relationship with the senior management in the operating companies in All3Media and help them with deal making advice/offer support on operational issues.

The COO must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. They must demonstrate a record of good business judgement, and have the ability to articulate a business case, assess risk and evaluate opportunity, and manage the planning and implementation of initiatives.

Marrying the aspirations and motivations of creative entrepreneurs with the objectives of corporate shareholders is an important part of the role.

Core responsibilities:

Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the executive team, the COO will have the following responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the CEO and the executive team, devise and implement the Group’s 3-5 year strategic plan, to include organic growth initiatives and acquisitions and start-ups;
  • As part of setting the Group strategy, the COO will oversee the development and manage the implementation of the annual operating company business plans and budgets;
  • Participate in the monthly operating reviews with each operating company, using the meeting as a means of directing short-term and long-range operations and planning to ensure that each business hits its annual budget;
  • Advise each operating company on its commercial deal making, its structure, its business focus, its talent strategy, its creative pipeline and positioning. Ensure that best practice is adopted across the Group;
  • Attend DLG Board meetings and report to the DLG Board of Directors, demonstrating successful execution of business strategies across the A3M Group;
  • Develop Group operating policies and ensure compliance across the operating companies within the A3M Group;
  • Working with the CEO and Director of Corporate Development in identifying M&A and start-up targets and structuring and negotiating the deals;
  • Represent the Group on external platforms, participate in industry events, bank meetings, analyst meetings etc.;
  • Facilitate positive and open communication across all levels and functional areas of the organisation, cultivating the organisation’s core values and culture, developing the tools, processes and procedures necessary to promote effective and efficient internal communications;
  • Line management of the Group’s General Counsel and Legal and Business Affairs department along with Company Secretariat and IT function.
  • Work with CFO, to evaluate, mitigate, and monitor the Group's operational and strategic risk.

Person Specification:

Educated to degree level, with experience at a senior management/executive level working within either a broadcasting or content production environment, with exposure to both UK and US markets essential, and Continental Europe being desirable.

The candidate should be:

  • Passionate about content, commercially astute, with a sense of humour, integrity, drive, dynamism and self-direction;
  • Possess the confidence and gravitas necessary to present a business case and carry an argument with shareholders, production companies, external parties;
  • A good team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with individuals across all levels of the organisation, both individually and in groups;
  • Well organised with an ability to prioritise and to delegate and a track record in managing and developing high-performance teams;
  • A good communicator (written and verbal);
  • Results orientated, a good decision maker, someone with a structured approach and with the ability to think strategically;
  • Skilled at implementation and delivering to tight timescales – a deal “closer”;
  • Not afraid to take charge of a situation and take unpopular stands when necessary;
  • Someone with a knowledge of new platforms and technologies and an understanding of how they affect content production and exploitation;
  • An executive with experience of budgeting, managing a p&l, business development, and strategic planning, project management and problem solving skills;
  • Someone who understands the basis of the rights involved in content production and exploitation and the terms that apply to the commissioning and sale of programmes;
  • Someone who understands HR and employment frameworks as they apply to compensation and incentivisation, recruitment and termination, professional development and TU relationships.