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Head of Production, Branded Content

companyiHeart Media
locationNew York, NY, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/24/2024


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The audio revolution is here - and iHeart is leading it! iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, reaches 90% of Americans every month -- a monthly audience that's twice the size of any other audio company - almost three times the size of the largest TV network - and almost 4 times the size of the largest ad-supported music streaming service. In fact, we have:

  • More #1 rated markets than the next two largest radio companies combined;
  • We're the largest podcast publisher, with more monthly downloads than the second- and third-largest podcast publishers combined. Podcasting, the fastest-growing new media, today has more monthly users than streaming music services or Netflix;
  • iHeart is the home of many of the country's most popular and trusted on-air personalities and podcast influencers, who build important connections with hundreds of communities across America;
  • We create and produce some of the most popular and well-known branded live music events in America, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour;
  • iHeartRadio is the #1 streaming radio digital service in America;
  • Our social media footprint is 7 times larger than the next largest audio service; and
  • We have the only complete audio ad technology stack in the industry for all forms of audio, from on demand to broadcast radio, digital streaming radio and podcasting, which bring data, targeting and attribution to all forms of audio at an unparalleled scale. As a result, we're able to combine our strong leadership position in audience reach, usage and ad tech with powerful tools and insights for our sales organizations to help them build success for their clients at a more efficient cost than any other option.

Because we reach almost every community in America, we're committed to providing a range of programming that reflects the diversity of the many communities we serve - and our company reflects that same kind of diversity. Our company values stress collaboration, curiosity, welcoming dissent, accepting mistakes in the pursuit of new ideas, and respect for everyone.

Only one company in America has the #1 position in everything audio: iHeartMedia!

If you're excited about this role but don't feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. At iHeartMedia we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace and are looking for teammates passionate about what we do!

What We Need:
iHeartMedia is the leading media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any digital, radio, outdoor, or television entity in the U.S. iHeartMedia is looking for a Head of Production to lead production for Ruby, iHeartMedia's Branded Audio Studio.

The Head of Production will be a rock-solid (but creative and inspiring!) leader responsible for managing the production team that creates, delivers, and distributes all of iHeartMedia's Custom Podcasts. This pivotal individual will also be tasked with overseeing relations with other team leads, acting as a central liaison between sales, reporting, and marketing teams, and as a primary point of contact for key clients.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, detail-oriented manager with a strong background in podcast production. This individual not only has a passion for creating groundbreaking, award-winning audio content and mentoring creative team members, but also takes an interest in working with brands and is highly capable of serving clients with professionalism and enthusiasm.

Remote position that will adhere to East Coast working hours.

What You'll Do:


  • Make key decisions in the construction of pitches and proposals, prioritizing revenue generation and creative innovation as equals
  • Attend client pitches as needed, internal calls/meetings, and other internal/external communications to bring ideas to life and excite stakeholders about each opportunity
  • Speak to budgetary restrictions, timelines, and other production elements when briefing clients
  • Build positive, supportive relationships across internal iHeartMedia organizations; an appreciation for meeting and socializing with colleagues in person is a huge plus!


  • Transition campaigns, shepherding them from salespeople to the producers and editors responsible for actually executing them.
  • Lead the team that produces our entire slate of custom podcasts, video and social content, as well as live event activations.
    • Directly manage at least 8 producers, editors, engineers, etc. and delegate daily, weekly, and annual assignments
      • Work with each direct report to identify and achieve their own unique MBOs (i.e. development goals and objectives).
      • Demonstrate problem-solving skills and educate team members to best position them for resolving similar issues in the future
      • Oversee team schedules, providing coverage when members are absent
  • Manage overall production P&Ls across the slate
    • Oversee 3rd party and internal production resources
    • Manage network of freelancers (e.g. writers, editors, musicians), and vendors (e.g. transcriptions, music libraries, design firms, etc.)
  • Advise and work alongside Account Managers on day-to-day client communication
  • Work alongside Sales Development team in communicating the reporting and analytics of each custom show
  • Collaborate with Account Management and our Executive team to deliver successful campaigns for iHM and our clients
  • Manage key stakeholder relationships across sales, marketing and executive level
  • Work alongside internal research teams to develop strategies to measure success of Custom Podcast campaigns
  • Provide weekly pipeline communications and updates
    • Lead weekly production and marketing meetings
  • Establish and oversee best practices and processes across the iHeart slate of custom podcasts

What You'll Need:

Success in this position will rely heavily on the ability to understand brand challenges, and solve those challenges through the podcast medium. Strong management, negotiating, and communication skills are a must, along with a proven track record of directing in audio production and/or brand storytelling through various mediums.

Additional Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in audio and/or video production, with at least 5 years of experience producing branded content
    • Proven ability to deliver multi-faceted projects on time and on budget
    • Experience managing small teams, large organizations, and 3rd party vendors -- all simultaneously
    • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and wear many hats when necessary
    • A strategic mind that can plan beyond immediate tasks and stays two steps ahead
  • Proven history of client-facing experience with outstanding client service skills
  • Ability to work with talent and negotiate confidently with their representatives
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Proficiency in creative writing
  • Exceptionally proactive and highly organized, demonstrating the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deliverables effectively
  • General understanding of audio editing (preferably Pro Tools)
  • A passion for storytelling, audio production, and of course, podcasting
  • A sense of humor! (We're still just making podcasts, after all...)

What You'll Bring:

  • Respect for others and a strong belief that others should do this in return
  • Demonstrated initiative and achievement-oriented leadership
  • Ability to delegate tasks and manage others effectively, especially in times of complexity or conflict
  • Growth mindset and desire for continued knowledge sharing and learning
  • Understanding of impact of own work and your team's outcomes
  • Business insights that contribute to meeting organizational objectives
  • Ability to solve technical and operational problems and troubleshoot in a timely manner
  • Ability to identify and support new opportunities for continued improvement across business
  • Comfort interacting with individuals of all levels
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to build team trust
  • Ability to influence others to adopt a broader point of view


Salary to be determined by multiple factors including but not limited to relevant experience, knowledge, skills, other job-related qualifications, and alignment with market data.

$128,000 - $160,000


Position Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Pay Type:


iHeartMedia's benefits offering is flexible and offers a variety of choices to meet the diverse needs of our changing workforce, including the following:

  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision with a variety of coverage options
  • Company provided and supplemental life insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid company holidays, including a floating holiday that enable our employees to celebrate the holiday of their choosing
  • A Spirit day to encourage and allow our employees to more easily volunteer in their community
  • A 401K plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost - services include telephonic counseling sessions, consultation on legal and financial matters, emotional well-being, family and caregiving
  • A range of additional voluntary programs, such as spending accounts, student loan refinancing, accident insurance and more!

We are accepting applications for this role on an ongoing basis.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Non-Compete will be required for certain positions and as allowed by law.

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Required skills

  • Live Broadcast
  • Video Production
  • Revenue Generation
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