Current Location: Americas
Willing to work in: North America
Work location details: Greater Los Angeles area
Start Date: 2014-04-01
Job Level: Director
Job Type: Manager, Supervisor
Job Contract: Full-time, Part-time, Contract, Work at office, Work remotely
Years working in DAM: 10+ years
DAM skills: Automated workflow design
DAM software experience: No DAM software experience
Neil Coleman is an innovative and collaborative Television Technical and Post Production Executive. He began his television career at Swell Pictures, a post -production house in Chicago where he finessed his editing skills and client relations techniques, creating everything from music videos and commercials to tape packages for talk shows. His career took off when he joined the staff of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he worked on every aspect of the history making broadcast. From Oprah’s month-long remote during her Mad Cow trial in Amarillo, Texas – to her celebrated interview with Nelson Mandela, Neil’s time in the editor’s chair won him five Emmy awards and the trust and praise of the show’s producers. It also gave him a unique perspective and into how each department’s needs could be met with improved workflow solutions, stronger relationships and better communication. Moving into management allowed Neil to use his editor’s insight to create innovative solutions that improved the efficiency of producing each episode.
When The Oprah Show ended, Neil became a principal member of the team that guided Harpo Studios into collaboration with Discovery Communications and the launch of OWN. In 2012, Neil moved to Los Angeles to launch the nationally syndicated Jeff Probst Show. Building his team from the ground up, Neil guided and mentored the staff, building a creative and inspiring environment. Responsible for creating a local cloud based production workflow, he established a system that allowed all departments to share the same data and media. A “geek” at heart, Neil is constantly investigating the latest technology and is passionate about pursuing how best to advance the collaborative nature of producing entertainment.
The Jeff Probst Show – CBS Television Distribution Supervising Technical Producer 2012-May 2013 Created and managed entire workflow process for show. Sourced multiple outside vendors and integrated their equipment. Streamlined and simplified all areas of production: Hired and managed post department, including Post Supervisor and Graphics Designers. Created & managed workflow from field to edit to stage to distribution. Supervised technical needs of production and post on show day. Trained production and post staff. Integrated cloud based video approval, allowing for tape package and show viewing approval via any mobile device. Generated show day control room notes for segment teases and behind the scenes moments. Coordinated show/promo schedule and delivery. Responsible for show posting and delivery schedule. Incorporated Pilotware “collaboration portal” into entire show workflow: – Extensively customized systems to meet specific department needs while maintaining ease of use and instant information access. – Customized template for show scripting, automatic rundown creation, audience charting, schedule/calendar tracking, idea pitching, guest travel, full post integration and management.
Harpo Studios Supervising Technical Producer 2011-2012 Responsible for day to day production and post-workflow of more than ten Harpo Studios’ shows, both in studio and on location, including: Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah’s LifeClass, Super Soul Sunday, Iyanla, Fix My Life, The Rosie Show Harpo Studios Managing Editor 2006-2011 Responsible for studio, field acquisition and post workflow and delivery for all Harpo Studios shows, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Big Give, Legends Ball, The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special, Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special, In The Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman, Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Harpo Studios Editor 1996-2006 The Oprah Winfrey Show (Five Time Emmy Winner for Multiple Camera Editing)