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Director II

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10070757 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN Date posted Nov. 15, 2023

Job Summary:

The Director II position is responsible for the planning and line-directing live and taped Studio, Remote and REMI productions, in both conventional and automated control rooms. Responsibilities include the oversight of a variety of special projects, as well as the direction of some of the department’s most complex and highest profile productions. The Director II will be required to participate in pre- and post-production meetings, plus contribute ideas to help realize a vision for a show. The Director II will be responsible for managing personnel and facilities as they relate to the production. In addition, will work in conjunction with Coordinating Producers and Producers to provide support and guidance on content philosophy and execution, plus coordinate and disseminate show information to the production and operational units. The Director II will need to be a team builder with strong production and technical knowledge, and demonstrate leadership qualities in all interactions and decisions. The Director II will be required to coach, develop and mentor Director Is, Associate Directors and Stage Managers, and must provide consistent, comprehensive written feedback of their performance to Directing Management.   


  • Directs live and taped productions from the control room or mobile unit; coordinates and executes all aspects of scripted and unscripted shows. 
  • During Ignite/Automated productions – Directors will code rundowns; facs studio and remote guests; troubleshoot technical issues; possibly select music and coordinate liveshots in the absence of an AD.
  • Provides clear, concise and orderly communication of traffic to all involved during each production.
  • Troubleshoots, in real-time, operational issues that arise during assigned production.
  • Oversees lighting, camera blocking, visual effects and graphics integration, and timing to ensure a quality presentation.  
  • Assists Managers and Producers with developing concepts, editorial themes and specific narratives for productions.
  • In show preparation, coordinates with Associate Director the assigned pre-production elements and reviews the rundown for accuracy.
  • Oversees and contributes to the planning and organizing of multiple high-profile projects at one time.  Manages personnel and facilities as they relate to assigned projects; interacts with other departments for a common goal.   
  • Provides consistent and ongoing feedback to Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Managers as well as other team members, and documents in written form to Management.  Written feedback should be thoughtful and comprehensive with clear, detailed examples. 
  • Observes Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Manager outside of show unit to directly contribute to their development.
  • Arranges and participates in clip review sessions with Director Is and AD IIs.
  • Assists Management with the creation and implementation of training programs for staff development.
  • May be asked to provide written feedback for various show unit personnel, including but not limited to: Designers, VCS/OCTO ops, Editorial Graphic Producers, Producers and Coordinating Producers.
  • Practices and maintains the Directing Department performance standards as they apply to leadership, communication, operations, personal development and productions, and consistently performs all of the duties and functions required of the role.


  • Minimum 10 years of directing experience or network equivalent preferred.
  • Hard working, detail oriented, creative; passionate about production with knowledge in technology.
  • Ability to think and react quickly to rapidly changing situations in a high pressure environment.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate to all crew members during live telecast.
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills as the position includes facility and crew oversight, organization and show execution, plus problem solving.
  • Ability to direct high-profile and wide range of productions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency preferred

Required Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent


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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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