I'm trying to put myself in Viki's place. What would I do if I were viki?
I would give the most prestigious and popular on-air dramas, the ones with lots of expecting audience demanding speed as much as quality, to the most experienced channel managers who have a record of successfully completing such projects.
Among those most experienced, if there were 3-4 asking for the same thing, I would choose the one who asked first. But if the first one to ask was a beginner or semi-beginner with not much experience as CM, or someone with experience who has never done an on-air drama, I wouldn't even consider him/her. This is the truth. (If all the 3-4 more experienced have other on air-dramas as well, obviously they will end up with lots of stuff).
Then, less demanding on-air projects to moderately experienced channel managers.
To first timers I would give only finished, older dramas. It is fitting to be so.
I have been here for one year, and I have gathered quite a bit experience as a subber and as a moderator both off-air and on-air, and also general experience of how viki works. I've seen how other C.M.s do their job, I have also made a few mental notes on what I liked about one or another CM.
Then I was given my first CM projects: two classic old films that nobody cared or knew about, and then, more lately, a collection of 18 KBS Drama Specials from 2014-15. In the latter, I have seen the difficulties of gathering a team, of choosing moderators in languages I don't know, making a different kind of Google sheet, Team Notes for everybody (well, this was the easiest), keeping all this big group motivated, checking whether they are advancing or not, nudging them on when they are inactive and so on.
I am very thankful that I wasn't given an on-air drama to have my first experiences with. I'd like to manage at least 2-3 more aired ones before attempting it.
As I see it, the CM has a lot of work before the start of a drama (gathering a team, preparing Team Notes, making sure a cover page is made and so on), but after it starts there is precious little to do. Sending messages about episodes being ready for this or that, mainly. (That's why many of them also take another role as mod or editor). On the contrary, the moderator's job is more hands-on during the whole process.
Of course, this is the point of view of a newbie at managing. If I were, like dudie who first started this thread, an experienced one, one of those who have shown their colours successfully in many shows, and yet I was never chosen even when my channel number is older (OK, I never knew of this detail, see, I learned something today..), I'd be seriously pissed, just as she is.