About Josh.halpert@gmail.com

Hello! I am an experienced Production Executive having produced over 1,500 hours of reality, documentary, comedy, and live event programming for broadcast, cable and streaming networks.  Over the past 15 years, I have defined and operationalized cost effective business, production and postproduction workflows for various outlets including Netflix, Disney+, Discovery Channel, Bravo, and A&E.  I have always fostered a collaborative team environment that accelerated efficiencies and maximized output. In addition to being an effective manager and negotiator, I know how to implement top down processes that benefit the bottom-line and lead to efficient creative execution. In my current role as Senior Vice President of Production Management & Operations at the startup content studio, Haymaker Productions, I set up production and post production operations on presentation tapes, pilots, and series with individual budgets ranging from $20K-$15M. I simultaneously lead cross-functional departments including business and legal affairs, production management, postproduction, facility management, human resources, and finance ensuring growth targets are hit. Thanks for your time!
  • Industry Branded EntertainmentComedyDigitalFilmMediaTelevision
  • Sector Branded ContentBranded EntertainmentBusiness. AffairsBusiness DevelopmentCorporate DevelopmentFinanceOperationsOriginal ContentPost ProductionRights and ClearancesSeries DevelopmentTalent RelationsFilm Production
  • Preferred Job Title ConsultantExecutive ProducerExecutive Vice PresidentGeneral ManagerHead of ProductionHead of Production ManagementPresidentProduction ManagementProduction OperaionsSenior Vice PresidentVice President
  • Companies Haymaker Productions, Redline Films, Sharp Entertainment, Left/Right Pictures, True Entertainment, Raw TV, Cineflix

Summary

Hello!

I am an experienced Production Executive having produced over 1,500 hours of reality, documentary, comedy, and live event programming for broadcast, cable and streaming networks.  Over the past 15 years, I have defined and operationalized cost effective business, production and postproduction workflows for various outlets including Netflix, Disney+, Discovery Channel, Bravo, and A&E.  I have always fostered a collaborative team environment that accelerated efficiencies and maximized output.

In addition to being an effective manager, negotiator and influencer, I know how to implement top down processes that benefit the bottom-line and lead to efficient creative execution. In my current role as Vice President of Production Management & Operations at the startup content studio, Haymaker Productions, I set up production and post production operations on presentation tapes, pilots, and series with individual budgets ranging from $20K-$15M. I simultaneously lead cross-functional departments including human resources, business and legal affairs, production management, postproduction, facility management, and finance ensuring growth targets are hit.

Thanks for your time!

Experience

  • 2013 - 2020
    HAYMAKER PRODUCTIONS

    Vice President of Production Management & Operations

    Produced long and short form content for A&E, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, CMT, The Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, Disney+, E!, Fusion, FYI, Game Show Network, HGTV, History Channel, Lifetime, MTV, Netflix, Oxygen, TBS, TLC, VH1, Viceland and WeTV • Recruited by company principals to establish and supervise physical production, operations, and finance departments (business and legal affairs, accounting, human resources, production management, and post production) at a startup bicoastal production company specializing in branded, unscripted, comedy, and competition reality content for broadcast, cable, and digital outlets • Defined and operationalized technical pipeline from conception through delivery in a high volume content creation environment • Negotiated deal terms with A-list talent, networks, agents, joint ventures, and above-the-line staff • Held full P&L responsibility for operating and corporate budgets building from startup to $50 million growing EBITDA to 25% • Oversaw reporting and auditing on eligible projects for state tax incentive programs • Developed virtual reality technology and workflow for use in existing and new projects • Advised on all union negotiations (SAG-AFTRA, WGA, IATSE, DGA, NABET, Teamsters) • Managed 10 direct reports and 250+ freelancers on and offsite • Negotiated and supervised build out of Haymaker’s post production facility resulting in 25 AVID offline rooms, 2 Pro Tools audio suites, and 2 Da Vinci color finishing suites • Created rights and clearances workflow to mitigate risk and increase efficiencies (financial and time spent) through development, production and post production • Identified and implemented new revenue streams including a proprietary original music library that generated quarterly royalty payments • Negotiated key vendor contracts (post production facilities, logistics, equipment rentals, vehicle rentals, etc.) worldwide resulting in up to 60% savings per vendor • Approved all major purchases and capital expenditures • Supervised set operations for all shoots (studio and field), hiring staff, scheduling, and ensuring on time delivery of assets

  • 2011 - 2013
    RED LINE FILMS

    Executive in Charge of Production

    Produced long and short form content for NBC, A&E, The Cooking Channel, The Food Network, HGTV, Discovery Channel, History Channel, MTV, TLC, and VH1 • Led day-to-day production and post production operations for large scale independent production company specializing in live events, documentary, unscripted, branded content and sports programming • Developed, implemented, and deployed processes, workflows, strategies, and best practices to drive and enhance efficiencies across the business • Negotiated production service agreements with networks, agencies, and financiers • Delivered all projects with 25-35% gross profit margins under tight deadlines • Supervised multiple projects simultaneously and fostered teamwork among executives, producers, and managers

  • 2021 - 2009
    VARIOUS

    Freelance Line Producer / Production Manager

    Produced long and short form content for A&E, TLC, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, The Biography Channel, SyFy, The Style Network, TruTV, The Food Network, and The Cooking Channel • Managed all aspects of production for studio and field shoots (domestic and international) • Negotiated above and below-the-line producer and crew contracts • Traveled to locations to manage highly dangerous shoots ensuring health and safety of crew and talent • Generated and oversaw post production schedules and operations

  • 2019 - 2020
    HAYMAKER PRODUCTIONS

    Senior Vice President of Production Management & Operations

    Promoted from Vice President in 2019

Education

  • University of Virginia

    BA