Content specialist positions at ShowMax

Written by TVSA Team from the blog TV Jobs on 29 Oct 2015
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Online VOD service ShowMax is looking to hire two content specialists. Responsibilities include choosing TV shows and movies for the platform.

These are details followed by an application link:
Job Title Content Specialist: Acquisitions and Planning
Company DSTV Digital Media
Location - Country South Africa
Location - Province Gauteng
Location - Town / City Cresta
Job Type Permanent
Equity Status Open To All
Number of Positions 2
Special Requirements  
Context ShowMax seeks to appoint a suitably qualified individual to assume the role of Content Specialist: Acquisitions and Planning. This position reports to the Content Acquisitions and Planning Manager

The successful candidate will be required to work with the content team to structure and guide the content strategy, acquisitions and planning. He or she will be involved in the negotiating and drafting agreements with various content suppliers internationally and locally. This position is for someone passionate about the fast-paced and ever changing content and video on demand space, and who has a love of all things content.
Customers •Local and international studios and distributors.
•External agencies and production companies.
Outputs Strategy and Acquistions:

•Assist with the creation and implementation of content scheduling plans / strategies.
•Research and keep abreast of new industry content and consumption trends and how to support content innovation in the digital and VOD space.
•Facilitate the screening and selection of the relevant movies, series and other programming required on the service.
•Administer and negotiate content deals.
•Approve Letters of Offer and negotiate license fees and terms with independent studios, distributors as well as local suppliers.
•Analyse content performance and adjust content plans/strategies accordingly.


•Liaise with Contracts and Finance departments to facilitate the loading of Deal Memos on Synergy.
•Liaise with Contracts and Finance departments to execute deals.
•Facilitate any changes to executed contracts.
•Administer and request suitable license start dates from suppliers, taking into account volumes, categories and refresh rates for all content.
•Facilitate and oversee content contract administration.
•Ensure content delivered according to required material specifications and manage workflows with suppliers.

Budget and scheduling

•Develop, draft and manage budget content budget.
•Create monthly, quarterly and annual content plans and schedules in line with the content strategy.
•Ensure that the required volumes of content have been planned for, and adhered to, in the overall budget.
•Check monthly forecast against cost of sales.
•Schedule must maximise negotiated deal terms.
•Update catalogue based on confirmed deals.
•Create accurate content schedule that includes all metadata (license periods, running orders).
•Populate CMS with all required metadata shells.
•Drive content discovery through the creation of themes based on public/external events, current trend and film industry activity.
•Brief marketing agencies on creative marketing material.


•Manage supplier relationships.
•Manage monthly ad hoc projects, reports and presentations.
•Manage weekly status and content performance report.
•Facilitate monthly presentations to Content Acquisitions and Planning Manager for approval across content selection.
•Manage the performance and output of staff through the approved procedures and processes.
•Attend international markets where required.
•Support business with any new developments.
Education & Experience •Appropriate BA degree.
•Minimum of 3 years experience in content acquisitions / distribution (licensing, structuring and drafting pay or free TV agreements).
•Practical industry experience (content consumption and viewing trends, content protection/security, VOD.
•International market (acquisitions / distribution) experience will be an advantage.
•Financial management experience.
•Legal experience.
•Negotiating skills.
Competencies •Extensive local and international content knowledge and passion.
•Understanding and experience of the VOD market.
•Strong leadership skills and ability to lead a team.
•Someone who is well organised and has a proven track record in end to end product development and maintenance.
•Strong analytical capabilities
•Flexible working hours required to ensure contact with international suppliers.
•Assertiveness, attention to detail, performance driven, goal orientated, ability to build relationships.
•Customer service orientation.
•Excellent communication skills.
•Flexibility and adaptability to change.
•Ability to work under pressure, quickly and accurately.
•Quite a lot to get a handle on, but if they form a part of your personality, it’ll be a breeze

Click here to apply: Application form

Closing date for applications: 4 November 2015.

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