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Real Time Graphics Developer II

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078517 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN Date posted Feb. 05, 2024

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories at an intermediate level of understanding and skill. The Real-Time Graphics Developer II works on directory maintenance and new graphic builds while collaborating with a team or independently, with little oversight. They communicate with supervisors, teammates and partners to help set expectations and ensure on-time delivery. They will adhere to department and project workflows and processes. They will provide error-free graphics and technical support. They will participate in and assist with training and onboarding programs. This is a creative role that requires the ability to innovate, learn quickly and collaborate with others under varying deadlines to maintain the quality of ESPN on-air product.


  • Primarily utilize Vizrt, Ross Xpression, or Unreal Engine in the process of graphics creation, development, and deployment of graphics for ESPN productions

  • Plan, build, maintain and update graphic directories with little oversight or while collaborating with a team of developers

  • Translate project details and creative direction into custom design, animation, and layout solutions

  • Provide  troubleshooting and support for event and/or studio directories

  • Utilize other graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After-Effects, Adobe Illustrator, and Cinema4D, to aid in the creation of designs and animations

  • Utilize and understand internal proprietary software and workflows

  • Learn about specialty business segments such as touchscreen, interactive, virtual studio, data visualization, augmented reality, etc.

  • Work closely with management and teammates on deliverables to manage expectations and ensure effective and on-time delivery

  • Research and answer technical questions with respect to design/animation techniques and workflows

  • Adhere to project-wide workflows, scripts and processes

  • Engage with hardware and/or software upgrades and new studio builds

  • Assist co-workers and help with on-boarding and training

  • Collaborate within the ESPN Creative Studio to contribute to long-term initiatives

  • Push creativity and software skills to higher levels, explore new technology, and communicate on all phases of a project to maintain the quality of ESPN’s on-air product

  • Participate in special assignments such as in-house/off-site training and technical support for packagers, remote freelancers, and vendors

  • Observe graphic format deviations and enforce ESPN graphic look

  • Prepare image files for programs

  • Contribute innovative ideas, pushing designs to the next level, and learn new software to enhance individual versatility in the department

  • Adhere to proper file management techniques to ensure efficient archiving and subsequent retrieval of projects

  • Recognize, report, and help troubleshoot equipment/software/work environment issues

  • Adhere to all administrative responsibilities, including time entry and daily reporting requirements

  • Maintain high standards of efficiency, consistency, accuracy, creativity and timely delivery of all requests

  • Track and report on value of contributions

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience designing graphics or working in a live production setting

  • Intermediate knowledge of a real-time graphics platform such as Vizrt, Ross Xpression or Unreal Engine

  • Hands-on knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe After-Effects

  • Excellent understanding and regular use of effective type layout

  • Evident 2D animation skills

  • Experience working with graphics for live production or broadcast setting

  • Interest in or experience with broadcast and television production technologies

  • Ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages

  • Aptitude and drive to learn and apply new concepts, techniques and software

  • In possession of communications skills, helping team leaders and management set expectations for on-time delivery and taking direction well

  • Drive to contribute new and innovative ideas

  • Ability to assist with new hardware, software and studio builds

  • Highly motivated, works well under pressure, effectively prioritizes assignments and changes direction easily

  • Keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar

  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and occasionally travel and work in a live-TV setting

  • Applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel

Preferred Requirements:

  • 5 years of real-time experience at a major network or production company

  • Experience with live broadcast sport graphics experience encompassing event and/or studio workflows

  • Some knowledge and understanding of Vizrt and Trio software

  • Experience with or understanding of graphics playout in a live setting

  • Experience with 3D graphics, modeling and animation concepts with experience in Cinema4D, Maya, Unreal Engine or other 3D animation program

  • Strong ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages

  • Strong interest and knowledge of sports and sports culture

  • Must have reliable transportation to work

Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 

Additional Information:

  • This role requires the person to be in the office


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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