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Technical Director

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 773665BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Mar. 04, 2021

Job Summary:

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, engineering, production, and studio 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; and domestic broadcast and cable television networks.

The Technical Director in Studio Operations must be proficient in preparing and switching video elements during live and pre-recorded productions in control room environments. Work is done while ensuring all content meets ESPN’s high standards of quality and will be performed in a fast-paced environment for a wide variety of studio shows and events.

Responsibilities:

  • Operates all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas
  • Builds and maintains effects for various productions, providing associated communication and documentation to the entire Technical Directing team
  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of plant signal flow/routing
  • Measures video signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations.
  • Participates in special event coverage and projects as necessary
  • May train others in operational areas and if so, required to generate training documentation.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years practical Content Production or related experience at the regional to large market or network level.
  • Proficient knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas.
  • Flexibility to alter shifts/days off and work overtime to accommodate projects and departmental objectives including the ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Must demonstrate ability to perform tasks under tight deadlines, work independently and lead simultaneous projects.
  • Solid understanding of workflow in other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations.
  • Organizational, efficiency and planning skills are required.
  • Must be willing and able to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
  • Candidates must have good computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...) and solid communication skills.
  • Problem solves and troubleshoots using effective communication to best convey any issues needing resolution.
  • Seeks out information in regards to the workflow of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations, 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Studio Production, or related field
  • Vocational School or related experience
  • Bilingual (written and spoken) – English/Spanish
  • Demonstrable Knowledge of Broadcast Communications Equipment
  • Understanding of Remote Event Workflows and Terminology
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to our partners
  • Regional – National Level Live Event Experience
  • Demonstrable Grass Valley Switcher and Automation Experience

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or equivalent


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 ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

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, 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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