Broadcast & Digital Production Manager (Freelance)


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Closing Date – 04 December 2020

We’re looking for a Freelance Broadcast & Digital Production Manager to work with us on Manchester International Festival (MIF) in 2021. We are particularly looking for people with experience in digital productions, streaming video, technically delivering live content and broadcast.

MIF invites great artists from across the globe to create extraordinary new work for the Festival, which is staged every two years at venues and found spaces across Manchester. Our future home is The Factory, a world-class cultural space being built in the heart of the city, where we’ll present a year-round programme and artists will be able to develop work of huge ambition and scale that they might not be able to anywhere else.

The Broadcast & Digital Production Manager will manage the technical delivery of the broadcasts, live content and archive captures at Manchester International Festival. You will collaborate with both in-house and external digital partners and Producers to properly resource each production.

We want to recruit a talented individual to support the work we’re doing now and to help us prepare for The Factory, reaching out into every corner of Manchester and harnessing the talent and energy that is found across the city and beyond. At MIF we work hard to deliver an internationally important creative and cultural programme, which takes dedication but is incredibly rewarding, so we need committed and passionate people to join our team.

Broadcast & Digital Production Manager – FINAL CALL OUT BRIEF

If you’re interested in being part of MIF and The Factory please email a cover letter and CV to The covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) should tell us
1. why you are interested in working with MIF
2. what skills and experience you are able to contribute
3. your availability from now until end July 2021

We also ask that you complete our online Equal Opportunities Monitoring form – here. This information will inform us as we continue to build diversity and opportunity into everything we do.

We look forward to hearing from you, but if you have any questions or want to have a chat about the roles that are coming up, please get in touch at

Closing Date – 04 December 2020


This role is offered on a freelance basis reporting to our Digital Director.

This role will be on a part time basis from now until July, expected days worked flexible depending on your availability. You must be available for the entirety of MIF21, 01-18 July 2021.

The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 means the nature of projects, including the Festival, may change at short notice which may impact on the duration and scope of Freelance engagements. At the point of contract a fair and equitable rate will be negotiated based on the agreed brief.

    This role will;

• Identify the technical staffing needs for broadcast, live and digital content during the festival

• Lead external technical crews for live broadcast of all different scales, securing and testing the range of connectivity needed for productions

• Write risk assessments and input into the overall Event Management Plan

• Plan and schedule the archive capture for key productions

• Schedule production meetings with film crews and other technical staff

• Develop timelines, schedules and processes for each Live broadcast and ensure that these are properly communicated to the relevant Producers and Production Managers

• Co-ordinate Digital Production meetings including sharing notes and action points with the wider team

MIF is currently undergoing a significant period of organisational change as we grow and develop to operate The Factory, therefore everyone will be required to show a flexible approach to this process – which may involve revisions around scope of role or project focus.

Manchester International Festival operate an online application process. However, if you have any specific accessibility requirements (such as printed forms/Job Packs) please contact the Festival Office 0161 8174500 to discuss or email

The online application form will require you to complete the following:
equal opportunities data, personal information, employment history (incl dates, duties & reasons for leaving), qualifications and training history (incl. dates & level of certification as applicable), two references with contact details, a statement outlining why you have applied and why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this position and what particular qualities and experience you would bring to the post if appointed. We advise you to have this information ready before beginning your application.

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