The Aspects Of Decision Making In The Television Industry

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Most decisions are made with analysis, but some are judgment calls not susceptible to analysis due to time or information constraints. Please write about a judgment call you’ve made recently that couldn’t be analyzed. It can be a big or small one, but should focus on a business issue. What was the situation, the alternatives you considered and evaluated, and your decision making process? Be sure to explain why you chose the alternative you did relative to others considered.

In December 2016, an opportunity to expand our business offerings presented itself. The head of post production for an unscripted television production company reached out to Technicolor about finishing some of his shows with us - nothing out of the ordinary
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As the producer in charge of technical operations for our group, I had to decide if it was even possible to accept this work. My challenge was was twofold: could I put together the talent necessary to support this work and could I design a method of finishing these shows in a way that would meet their schedule and budget. In light of the extremely compressed time frame given to do so, my initial reaction was we could not. A typical workflow testing and onboarding schedule spans several weeks. We had less than one week to decide whether to accept the work as the client had just received network delivery dates for his first show. All post production, regardless of the type of project, shares a common set of processes. Our department’s method of edit-color-mix-delivery is geared toward finishing short pieces with chaotic schedules. Typical broadcast finishing tilts toward longer schedules with more regimented turnovers and asset control. After meeting with the client’s head of post production to discuss their needs, my estimation of unscripted broadcast finishing was that it lived in between. Encouraged I had found a parallel to build upon, I spent a day quizzing my counterparts in the Broadcast Services group about the correspondence in finishing techniques between our groups and started sketching out a workflow. The more difficult question to answer was one of logistics: who in our group could do the
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