Business operations manager

Ado Ato Pictures is currently seeking a scale-up mentality Business Manager to join our studio as we shift into the next phase of growth.

In ancient Yoruba folk tales, there is a particular wonder around “Ado Ato” - containers of magical spells. Like this container, Ado Ato Pictures harnesses the magic of new technology to create interactive and immersive experiences with the potential to change our world. Ado Ato Pictures promotes social justice through our innovative content - inspired by real-world issues and enhanced by efforts to channel the creativity of marginalized and underrepresented communities. Based in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, we work with a number of talented and inspiring artists from around the world, ranging from animators, developers, writers, actors, and beyond. For more about Ado Ato Pictures, please visit:


Ado Ato Pictures is an international award-winning Los Angeles and Amsterdam-based film studio, specializing in film, animation and immersive media storytelling led by award-winning artist, director, and creative technologist Tamara Shogaolu. Driven by the vision to produce unexpected content that breaks boundaries, Ado Ato Pictures develops and produces film, TV, interactive, experiential, and immersive media as seen in theaters, in-home entertainment, installations, and activations across the globe.

Ado Ato Pictures garnered international success with their three-part transmedia series, Queer in a Time of Forced Migration, through which the studio successfully released HALF A LIFE (2017), ANOTHER DREAM (2019), and THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER (2020). Ado Ato Pictures’ award-winning work has been commissioned by festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Open City Documentary Film Festival. In addition, our work has showcases at top film festivals and museums like Annecy, Sheffield DocFest, the Tribeca Film Festival,The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Amsterdam Museum, and other art spaces in the U.S. and internationally.

The team approaches content creation with a pioneering spirit, always pushing to compose the most diverse and engaging experiences for audiences who crave fresh, boundary-breaking, and meaningful storytelling. Ado Ato Pictures' multimedia work aims to explore issues that are socially and globally relevant, especially those that are often denied attention by conventional entertainment platforms. The studio collaborates with international production partners to produce and distribute content such as Netflix, Sundance Institute, the Stimuleringsfonds/Dutch Creative Industries, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), the Arab American Museum, Harvard Law School, and Yale University.

Globally known for their innovation and practice, VOGUE, Forbes, The Guardian, and various outlets have cited Ado Ato Pictures as leaders in immersive media. Ado Ato Pictures is currently partnering with FRONTLINE, U.S television's longest running investigative documentary series, broadcasted by PBS for the worldwide premiere of UN(RE)SOLVED at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021, with a national tour to follow. UN(RE)SOLVED is a multi-platform project that investigates the federal government's effort to grapple with America's legacy of racist killings. Ado Ato Pictures led the creative vision for the multi-platform series and production for the web interactive and the interactive installations.

What You’ll do

You will expand revenue opportunities, reduce costs, and strengthen financial controls. You will be responsible for the financial direction of the company, keeping risks and costs as low as possible. The incoming and outgoing money flows are your priority. You will use your vast network and communication skills to create opportunities with potential clients. You will reach out to brands for collaborations. Ideally you are able to set up a business structure and perform operations functions for the company which will in turn allows us to grow while maintaining our artistic integrity and commitment to socially relevant/ responsible content.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Long-term planning to create initiatives that further the company’s overall goals

  • Managing the organization in the financial field (including organizational and administrative parts)

  • Designing internal reporting on the company's financial situation

  • Helping shape the strategy of the company

  • Communicating with the board or other senior officials about shifting company priorities and projects

  • Identifying potential problems and points of friction and working to find solutions in order to maximize efficiency and revenue

  • Identifying opportunities to expand or shift course in order to take advantage of changes in the market

  • Identifying, mapping, and reducing external risks

  • Managing, inspiring and motivating employees to perform at their best through positive encouragement and incentive initiatives

Qualifications and Skills

  • Completed university education

  • 5+ years of experience

  • First and foremost, a very good finance professional

  • A strong commercial sensitivity

  • In-depth knowledge of the business/organizational structure

  • Excellent communication skills - the ability to translate complex issues into simple, clear solutions

  • Ability to cooperate and negotiate

  • Able to manage conflict well

  • International experience

  • English required, Spanish and/or Dutch are a plus

  • Experience in running large projects

  • Experience in complex, capital-intensive environments and in a dynamic growth culture

  • Has an extensive network

  • Interest in the arts and new technologies.

  • Strong interest in projects relating to topics such as world cultures, social justice, and LGBTQ and women's rights.

Job Type: Part-time, Remote possibilities 

Ready to apply?


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Business Manager Applicant: [Your Full Name]
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Qualified candidates will be contacted shortly for a first interview.