About Michael Manas

I am a leader of Production for video and live. I drive increased revenue with highly focused media production skills. I am an engaging connector for success in brand growth and aligning all players to collaborate. I have led production operations, built and run studios, supervised original and live programming for media companies including, Verizon, Yahoo, Prime Content, M30 and SummerStage in Central Park. I am an effective head of production with a keen awareness for developing talent, programing and facilities.
  • Industry Branded EntertainmentDigitalEventsMediaTelevision
  • Sector Branded ContentCreative ServicesOperationsOriginal ContentPost ProductionFilm Production
  • Preferred Job Title Head of Production
  • Companies Yahoo

Summary

I am a leader of production for video and live. I drive increased revenue with highly focused media production skills. I am an engaging connector for success in brand growth and aligning all players to collaborate.

I have led production operations, built and run studios, supervised original and live programming for media companies including, Verizon, Yahoo, Prime Content, M30 and SummerStage in Central Park.
I am an effective head of production with a keen awareness for developing talent, programing and facilities.

Experience

  • 2017 - 2019
    Michael M Media

    Head of Media Production

    I guide companies with production workflow, best practices and overall efficiencies. Executing budgeting reviews, technology and innovation processes. Utilizing my vast vendor relationships and bench depth of professionals, I have assisted multiple clients achieve high performance programs. My leadership has been used in Studio and Live Event scenarios for unparalleled production operations. •National Trust for Historic Preservation - designed a video strategy program to enhance video usage for multiple sites to gain higher visibility and funding. •Giaronomo - Film advertising group - designed an enhanced production workflow to increase production output. •Cheddar - Provided Control Room and Video operational guidance for leading OTT/On Line presence.

  • 2010 - 2017
    Yahoo

    Head Of Video Production

    I provided daily supervision of Live and VOD programming. I oversaw the production of over 200 pieces of content weekly. This includes weekly live keynote, performance events and all tent pole events. I had purview of 6 studios, 22 edit suites, all field operations and production management. I managed a 48 person staff of FTE’s and contractors. I vetted and negotiated all third party contracts. I was the main stakeholder for all NYC Studio build outs. I managed the yearly budget for the East Coast productions. I led the voice and shaped the on screen look of all programming to all verticals. I streamlined the relationship with sales (CRO) and marketing to ensure sponsorship of multiple programs. I led the integration for production during the Verizon merger Studio and Field Production : •Yahoo Finance - Live daily studio production operations- remote programming included- Davos, Berkshire Hathaway. •Yahoo News - with Katie Couric - interviews including: Joe Biden, DJ Khaled, Robert De Niro, Common, Bill and Melinda Gates, Sheryl Crow. •Yahoo News with Mike Isikoff - Interview with Prime Minister Assad in Syria. •Yahoo Entertainment - Golden Globes Red Carpet. •Yahoo Style with Joe Zee - Fashion Week NYC - Studio guests featuring: Iman, Karlie Kloss, Rachel Zoe. •Yahoo Tech with David Pogue. •Yahoo Sports - NBA Draft Live, NFL Free agent draft, Yahoo Esports, Weekly player interviews. Tent Pole Events: •NBA Draft Live •NewFronts - SONY Theatre, Lincoln Center •SXSW •CES •RNC/DNC 2016 •Spiderman 2 Red Carpet and after show Live concert with Pharrell, Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr. •Rolling Stones Live from Prudential Center. •Yahoo Finance Live from DAVOS, Berkshire Hathaway, All Market Summit. •Fashion Week with Joe Zee from NYC. •Steve Aoki Live in NYC. •Golden Globes Red Carpet. •365 in 365 - Live Nation Programming - 365 Live shows in 365 days.

  • 2005 - 2011
    Prime Content

    Head of Production

    Prime Content is a cross platform production company - a leader in branded content. I led production for the pioneering branded content series, \"The Thread\", one of the highest grossing sponsored shows to date - a landmark series for Yahoo. Sole sponsor for 5 years by P&G. This program was the sea change of an advertiser to change traditional advertising spend from television to on line. I provided one of a kind production plans and management for execution of this globally sponsored series. The show originated from Planet Hollywood in Times Square which led to production in London, Mexico, Germany and the Middle East. Programming interviews Included: • Lady Gaga • Sofia Vergara • Kim Kardashian • Carrie Underwood • Betty White • Jessica Simpson • Hosted Premier screening in NYC of Paul Feig\'s \"Bridesmaids\" with full cast. • Make Home a Haven - a highly successful branded program sponsored by Walmart for two years. Highlighting home and lifestyle products. I provided production leadership to this project.

  • 2007 - 2009
    All Set Productions

    Head of Production

    All Set Studios was a leading edge studio that provided services to online groups exclusively. I created the business plan, raised seven figure financing to design and launch the facility. All Set Studios had all the power and production capabilities of traditional network studios strengths. The key advantage was utilizing a lean workforce and innovation. I developed a unique customized workflow for scalable budgeting. All projects had the polished look of a high spend at a fraction of traditional costs. Clients included: •Disney Digital •CBS Sports •Yahoo Talent included: •Venus Williams •Al Gore •Sherry Shepard

  • 1990 - 2007
    M30

    Head of Production

    A corporate communications group that produces Employee Meetings, Consumer Events, Product Launches, Sales and Investor Meetings and Media Programs. I reported directly to the managing partners. I led production operations and directed over 120 live events, with teams up to 50 staffers. I directed and produced all roll ins and B2B videos. •Thomson/Reuters merger- International event - Live graphic execution from every Times Square video billboard to Radio City Music Hall main stage and multi-country remote presentations. •Warburg/Pincus - Investor Event at Radio City Music Hall featuring a full Rockettes performance. Investor multi-day summit featuring Bill Clinton, keynote speaker. • GE Financial Services - Led Video operations for B2B Videos and Live events - NA/Global • I produced and directed video programming in remote locations including Kiev, Budapest, London, Paris, Rome and Japan