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Audio Operator (A1/A2)

Bristol, Connecticut, United States

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Job ID 904943BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jan. 06, 2022

Job Summary:

Department/Group Overview

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams together into one global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all distribution, network and engineering operations, sales, advertising, data, and certain key technology functions worldwide for the Company's content engines. DMED also manages operations of the Company's streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ HotStar, as well as domestic broadcast and cable television networks.

DMED Technology creates products, platforms, and innovations for the DMED Segment and The Walt Disney Company by driving the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products to empower our businesses and engage consumers. With global scale, local presence, and deep technological excellence, DMED Technology helps DMED and The Walt Disney Company optimize technology, platforms, and resources, while bringing creative ideas to life and creating industry-shaping approaches.

Job Summary

The Audio Operator I will provide audio mixing (A1) and/or audio assist (A2) support for live event, studio productions and pre-recorded material for the ESPN family of networks and distribution platforms. As an audio operator (A1), you must be proficient in mixing and monitoring all audio sources including but not limited to microphones, music, sound effects and natural sound.
As an audio assist (A2), you must be experienced in the configuration of in-house intercom/PL communications and proficient in dressing talent microphones/IFBs.
This person is expected to work with the production team in maintaining ESPN’s high standards of audio presentation for all delivered content. This person must demonstrate proficiency in the use of all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas.

Responsibilities:

  • Operate all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to: audio mixing consoles, outboard equipment, audio & video routing, digital audio delivery servers, microphone & IFBs and their signal flows, mix minus, intercom devices & software, broadcast routers, etc. Measures audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods.
  • Measure audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods
  • Prioritize and disseminate complex information among the entire control room/studio/remote crews in a clear and concise manner to ensure seamless productions
  • Participate in special event coverage and projects as necessary
  • Problem solve and troubleshoot using effective communication to best convey issues and resolutions.
  • File reports, as necessary, on specific working conditions and equipment status at the request of management
  • Seek out information in regards to the workflow of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations/DMED, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others.
  • Participates in training programs, (physical, classroom, virtual, etc.) for self-career development and/or regarding any relevant equipment and workflow changes within the operation.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years practical Content Production or related experience at the large market or network level in the A1 and/or A2 role
  • Proficient knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to; audio signal flow concepts, dynamics processing, equalizers, metering concepts, audio & video routers, intercom systems, signal conversion equipment, communications panels - hardware & software, microphones/IFBs etc.
  • Understanding of Remote Event Workflows and Terminology
  • Demonstrated ability to perform tasks under tight deadlines combined with organizational, efficiency and planning skills and an ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment
  • Problem solves and troubleshoots using technical acumen and strong communication tools to best convey issues and resolutions
  • Experience seeking information regarding workflows of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with your role, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others
  • Candidates must have a strong computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...)
  • Flexibility to alter shifts/days off and work overtime to accommodate projects and departmental objectives including the ability to work nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable Knowledge of Broadcast Communications Equipment
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to our partners.
  • Bilingual (written and spoken) – English/Spanish
  • Regional – National Level Live Event and Mixing Experience

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Studio Production, or related field
  • Vocational School or related experience

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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