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Sr English Language Localization Mgr

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7113656420220220 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 07, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The group is responsible for the localization of all products made outside the USA (APAC, EMEA and LatAM).  Localization encompasses dubbing, subtitling, title treatments, narrative inserts, credits, metadata and artwork. It will be necessary to liaise with international Post Production executives (or representatives) for planning material delivery specifications and timelines.  The responsibilities are necessarily global in nature and the role requires close collaboration with international operations groups, vendors and Disney Character Voices.

The English Language Localization Manager role will help realize the original creative intent of foreign language film-maker or TV producer in the English language and requires experience bringing together a team of directors, actors, sound engineers, translators and adapters to make shows resonate with the largest audience of subscribers on Disney’s Streaming Services. This role requires the ability to plan and co-ordinate activities from script to screen and take control of the process to deliver on time. It also requires subject matter expertise that will enable to re-produce or represent the cultural nuances of a foreign language production in English leveraging experience across a broad range of localization functions; dubbing, mixing, editorial, subtitling, art and metadata. The subject matter expertise combined with knowledge of cultural norms are crucial in driving creative decisions as it relates to localizing product. The ability to interact with all levels of the business from senior creatives and managerial executives for critique of creative work performance is critical in this role. The individual should possess strong ability to communicate and advocate for creative decisions in adaptation of TV shows and/or movies.


  • Focus on major areas of work, typically 20% or more of role

  • Assess best vendor fit and oversee program and material assessments, including: Identification of linguistic complication with comedy, slang, voice print, star talent, contractual copyright implications, volume of dialogue, number of characters; establishing and ensuring high quality adaptation of English linguistic standards and cultural intent

  • Create project plans (casting, talent schedule, post-production, capacity management), foster relationships and partner with key stakeholders (e.g. voice talent, directors, writers, etc.) at all levels to define the cross functional roadmap (legal, finance, etc.)  

  • Manage projects, resolve constraints and conflicts throughout, drive innovative solutions to deliver on time, identify trends, and help streamline and achieve alignment across a variety of global vendors as well as internal teams (including Mastering, Strategy, Legal, Business Affairs, Post, and Production)

  • Analyze, interpret and implement technical specifications; conduct creative reviews (e.g. voice tests, recording, editorial, mix, script) and provide guidance and approval based on subject matter expertise and knowledge of cultural nuances– talent management and quality management

Required Education and Experience/Skills/Training

  • Education: Bachelor degree level in relevant/applicable subject, technical/trade school certification in sound engineering, or equivalent years of experience required

  • Minimum:  

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in English Language or other Localization activity

  • Experience in Production or Post production schedule management and Localization into English or ADR, in TV or movie post environment.

  • Knowledge of creative and technical processes from script to screen both for episodic and feature content.

  • Working knowledge of technical aspects related to all localization activities with particular strength in ADR, recording techniques and mixing. 

  • Will have experience in roles with direct and indirect reporting relationships with creative, operations and business executive to drive delivery outcomes.  

  • Will have knowledge of working and contracting with guilds and unions pertinent to the industry

  • Adept at casting main characters in terms of voice print and performance

  • Very familiar with attending recording sessions, performing script reviews (supplying notes, changes, suggestions to make the dialogue more appropriate and/or conversational).

  • Experience attending mix reviews (supplying notes and feedback)

  • Familiar with everyday tools and systems used in production management (e.g. Airtable, Google Sheets, Excel.

  • Fully familiar with specifications for common audio and mix formats as well as non-linear audio edit tools (ProTools,  LogicPro)

  • A highly polished communicator and have strong interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial mentality and resilient spirit with experience navigating cross-functional organization

  • Able to manage multiple projects in terms of timely delivery and staying on budget.

  • Thought of as primarily a creative resource but also a highly effective and reliable operator

  • Able to find solutions to the myriad problems in the production process

  • Leads functional teams or projects and serves as a best practice/quality resource

  • Experience working with key stakeholders across global territories (North America, LatAm, APAC, EMEA) and with clients from global, domestic, and local/territory platforms.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with foreign languages (countries of origin) and cultural norms.

Subject matter expertise and knowledge of cultural nuances to appropriately and effectively represent foreign language production in English.

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 Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC 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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