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Coordinating Real-Time Graphics Developer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 983271BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN Date posted May 24, 2022 Flex Type On-Site

- This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories for augmented and virtual reality executions at an expert level of understanding and skill. The Coordinating Real-Time Graphics Developer manages directory maintenance and new graphic builds independently or while leading a team. They communicate with teammates, partners and management-level stakeholders to help set expectations and ensure on-time delivery. They will develop system-wide workflows and processes. This role is expected to proactively provide and anticipate technical support with high proficiency. This role will specialize in real-time virtual and augmented reality graphics for live event and studio broadcasts. They assist with the development and maintenance of training and on-boarding programs. This is a creative role that requires the ability to innovate, learn quickly and collaborate with others under varying deadlines to maintain the quality of ESPN on-air product. #ESPNMedia


  • Primarily utilize Vizrt and Unreal Engine in the process of graphics creation, development, and deployment of graphics for ESPN productions
  • Plan, build, maintain and update complex custom graphics and directories independently or while leading a team of developers
  • Provide team leadership, direction, troubleshooting and support
  • Utilize other graphics software, such as Cinema4D, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After-Effects, and Adobe Illustrator to aid in the creation of designs and animations
  • Utilize and understand internal proprietary software and workflows
  • Act as primary lead for virtual graphics on one or more sport properties
  • Work closely with management on deliverables to manage expectations with clients and ensure effective delegation of assignments within Graphics Innovation Team
  • Proactively research and answer technical questions with respect to design/animation techniques and systems in use at a highly proficient level
  • Create system-wide workflows, scripts and processes, driving innovation for the department and individual projects
  • Coordinate with management to provide feedback, improve processes, and apply best practices to all project workflows
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of hardware and/or software upgrades and new studio builds
  • Teach, mentor and assist co-workers and help with the development and maintenance of on-boarding and training programs
  • Proactively collaborate within the ESPN Creative Studio to contribute to long-term initiatives
  • Translate project details and creative direction into custom design, animation, and layout solutions
  • Push creativity and software skills to higher levels, exploit new technology, and actively communicate on all phases of a project to maintain the quality of ESPN’s on-air product
  • Lead special assignments such as in-house/off-site training and technical support for packagers, remote freelancers, and vendors
  • Observe graphic format deviations and enforce ESPN graphic look
  • Prepare image files for programs
  • Regularly contribute Innovative ideas, pushing designs to the highest level, and learn new software to enhance individual versatility in the department
  • Adhere to proper file management techniques to ensure efficient archiving and subsequent retrieval of projects
  • Recognize, report, and help troubleshoot equipment/software/work environment issues
  • Adhere to all administrative responsibilities, including time entry and daily reporting requirements
  • Maintain high standards of efficiency, consistency, accuracy, creativity and timely delivery of all requests
  • Track and report on value of contributions

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 8 years of experience designing graphics for a live production setting at a major studio, network or production company
  • Expert-level knowledge of Vizrt
  • Industry-leading 2D and 3D animation skills and excellent use of effective type layout
  • Expert-level understanding of broadcast and television production technology
  • Good understanding of 3D graphics, modeling and animation concepts with experience in Cinema4D, Maya, or other 3D animation program
  • Drive to learn, create, and apply cutting-edge concepts, techniques and software and the ability to share skills with others
  • Drive to contribute new and innovative ideas, displaying conceptualization skills and the ability to offer unique creative solutions at a system-wide level
  • In possession of excellent communication skills, setting expectations with stakeholders for on-time delivery while taking and giving direction well
  • Ability to plan and implement new hardware, software and studio builds
  • Strong skills in coaching, mentoring and leading the development of teammates
  • Keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and occasionally travel and work in a live-TV setting
Applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of live broadcast sport graphics experience encompassing event and studio workflows
  • Expert-level knowledge and understanding of Viz Trio
  • Advanced knowledge of Unreal Engine
  • Experience with or understanding of graphics playout in a live setting
  • Ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
  • Strong interest and knowledge of sports and sports culture

Required Education

  • High school diploma

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

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 ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business we call ESPN.

ESPN Productions, Inc. 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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