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Media Engineer

Burbank, CA - US

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Job ID 716353BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted 08/11/2019

Job Summary:

Imagine a career with an organization that brings smiles to millions every day. Imagine working with people whose passion for what they do is simply indescribable. We are The Walt Disney Company, live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and lifelong memories. With our vast array of both businesses and professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to join a team that’s beloved around the world, and to find out how it feels to love what you do. We invite you to discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you‘ve been looking for.

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world-class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

As part of the Post Production Engineering team supporting Disney Studio Operations, and as part of the entire Studio Technology team that supports The Walt Disney Studios, the role of the Media Engineer must:
  • Provide proficient, high-level front-line, Tier-0 engineering design/implementation /maintenance/technical support for all post production activities associated with Studio Operations (i.e,. the Digital Media Center and all ancillary departments {Title Graphics, Film Print, Trailer Marketing} at The Walt Disney Studios.
  • Participate in the design and support of ongoing enhanced physical and digital workflow processes and procedures tailored to the specific business needs of Studio Operations. Working knowledge of both manual and automated workflows is necessary.

  • Collaborate effectively within Studio Technology and across other Studio teams (i.e., Projection Engineering, Craft Services, Backlot Trades) to ensure all Post Production activities in support of Studio Operations are handled in an expeditious/timely manner.

  • Serve as key technical liaison(s) with 3rd party technical services providers (i.e., DVS/Rohde & Schwarz, Colorfront, Adobe, Quantum, HP, numerous others). This includes managing day-to-day service delivery, overall technical support and the maintenance of Service-Level-Agreements (SLAs), resource management and escalation policies, and all operational procedures and processes.


  1. Design/Integrate/Support media systems such as Clipster, Transkoder, Adobe CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Baton QC
  2. Develop and Support file-based workflows for Mastering, Digital Distribution, and QC with direct input from each line of business
  3. Create and publish SOPs
  4. Setup Executive reviews which include monitor calibration, remote SDI video routing, kvm setup
  5. Knowledge of local attached, fiber attached, and networked file systems (e.g., NFS, SMB, AFP, DFS, NTFS) 

  6. Knowledge of data transport tools (e.q. Signiant, Faspex, Aspera), including how to debug problems in this area
  7. Expert knowledge of operating system administration (e.g., Windows/XP, Unix/Linux, and Macintosh), with the ability to configure both server and desktop systems from “shrink-wrap” to a fully operational and secured state 

  8. Knowledge and understanding and ability to use Script-based tools (bash, perl, Python, etc.) 


  1. Experience using and supporting Waveform monitors, Scopes, and Video/Audio 

  2. Knowledge of Video routing systems
  3. Experience calibrating display systems
  4. Experience with digital video signal chain, distribution systems and components (i.e., SDI Video DAs, video extenders, video converters, etc.) 

  5. Experience configuring and supporting distributed KVM systems -- Avocent HMX preferred
Familiarity with setting up remote review systems such as TVIPs sessions, or comparable transport stream multiplexing/switching sessions over IP

Basic Qualifications:

  1. General knowledge in video/audio engineering, color science, common video and audio file codecs
  2. Expertise in Mastering, Editorial, Digital Distribution workflows
  3. General knowledge of monitor and display technologies (i.e. LCD, 
OLED, 2D/3D, etc.)
When required, effectively provide Project Planning, including a full delineation of 
subtasks, bill-of-materials, time/labor components, etc., including the ability to re-prioritizing when needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in post-production engineering or front-end user support, preferably in a post- production facility, live-action, visual effects, DI or animation production setting

  • Excellent customer-service orientation and understanding of the nuances of post-production support

  • Able to multitask in a highly complex, diverse, production environment
  • Able to quickly prioritize decisions given, oftentimes, incomplete and conflicting knowledge
  • Highly self-directed, being able to both manage and (re)prioritize the multiple concurrent and competing challenges, issues, ambiguities, and contradictions that, inevitably, occur when supporting post production.

  • Ability to assist in prioritization across a team of Y-4 Engineers, ensuring a true esprit-‘d-corps mindset is maintained across the team
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills

Additional Information:

  • This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. Ours is a culture of innovation, inspiration and collaboration that brings together visionary artists, gifted technologists and savvy business minds to conjure up magical entertainment experiences for a global audience.

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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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