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Principal Production Technologist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 937206BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted Apr. 02, 2022

Job Summary:

We have created one of the most powerful brands by bringing memorable, life-changing storytelling to the world. The foundation of this creativity starts with The Walt Disney Studios. As a part of Studio Technology, you will be joining a group of passionate, dedicated technologists solving a range of complex problems in innovative ways for the filmmakers responsible for entertaining millions around the world.

Your Role:

You will partner with our Studio research and innovation teams to transform early stage technology into impactful software/hardware products that will be leveraged at the Studio. In addition, you will discover and pilot external technologies that are ready to plug into our Studio workflows. Everything you do is driven by the singular goal of supporting our filmmakers by helping to improve the quality and efficiency of our products and processes.


  • Work collaboratively with researchers, innovation and tech teams to take early stage technology over the finish line to become an operational product
  • Make critical decisions on the feasibility and viability of technology and determine its readiness for adoption
  • Ensure products are successfully transitioned to a partner that will make it a priority to support the product and our filmmakers
  • Where appropriate, work with industry partners to drive adoption of internal Studio technology by releasing open source software, structuring licensing deals, or directly integrating into their product
  • Ensure the product lives well beyond its initial launch by securing funding via internal processes and external partnerships
  • Discover and pilot external technologies that could make an immediate impact to pre-production, production, postproduction Studio workflows
  • Build trust with studio tech teams, executives, and vendors by delivering quality products that benefit all stakeholders and engaging in an open, honest and transparent manner
  • Work with legal teams to ensure products comply with licensing, patent, and data privacy laws
  • Work with security teams to ensure products and associated workflows/integrations keep our content and IP safe
  • Stay up to date on latest technology and filmmaking trends

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of direct film or episodic production or post production technology experience such as Pipeline Supervisor, Digital Workflow Supervisor, Production Solutions Architect or similar
  • Hands on experience or first-hand knowledge of production technologies such as Avid media composer, Davinci Resolve, Nuke, Maya, Katana, Houdini and/or other post production or game engine software
  • Track record of delivering entertainment related services, workflows or products
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Experience across different disciplines in filmmaking is a plus (physical production, post-production, finishing)
  • Strong comprehension of the concepts and practices used in film production & visual effects
  • Passionate about media and entertainment, technology, and the possibilities the combination opens up for our filmmakers

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

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 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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