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Specialist, Production Operations

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10080187 Location Connecticut, United States / Remote, United States Business ESPN Date posted Feb. 09, 2024

This role is considered remote, which means the employee will work remotely on an ongoing basis and will not have an assigned workspace at a Company designated location.

Job Summary:

Position Summary:

The Specialist, Production Operations will be responsible for overseeing, planning, and executing the technical management of a Remote Operations sport category (ies) and other special projects as deemed necessary throughout the year.

The Specialist will provide the technical expertise to the productions and operations groups in evaluating and planning all remote assignments.


  • Assists in conducting technical surveys for upcoming events (travels to locations to determine technical requirements and obstacles), determines the feasibility of production requirements, the crew size, equipment needs, schedules and approximate costs of such remote originations.
  • Assumes the leadership role in complex tasks and processes that can have a material influence on the outcomes of assigned remote events.
  • Provides Production Operations and Programming Finance with cost information pertaining to remote technical elements.
  • Designs technical CAD drawings to depict the technical signal flow of a remote television broadcast.
  • Helps to supervise the installation, operation, teardown, manpower and maintenance of the technical equipment.
  • Advises production and operations personnel of technical costs and options as situations arise.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of the latest progress in technical innovation. Assists in the approval process for the selection of vendors, uplink facilities, and fiber connections.
  • Asists or administers the RFP process and guidelines for vendor contracts.
  • Maintains communication flow with other sport category managers on new technical developments or circumstances that may affect other shows or sport groups.
  • Works closely with organizing bodies on the design and implementation of technical processes of each show/event.
  • Keeps accurate records and approves all crew time and/or travel time while on location.
  • Acts as the safety supervisor in accordance with OSHA and insurance regulations.


  • Has in depth awareness of developments in equipment technology and procedures.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of organization, procurement, financial and logistical skills relating to show creation.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of computer training and how it relates to the new technical equipment utilized on remote events.
  • Knowledge of electronics in broadcasting in the video, audio, RF, lighting, videotape and maintenance areas.
  • Minimum 8 years of broadcast experience, primarily field technician.
  • Solid understanding of the principles of television electronics including: HD, UHD(4K), or SD formats, HDR or SDR formats, Video acquisition, Media recording and management, Transmission methods, Signal routing, Television audio and communication systems, IP systems,
  • Proficient with WORD, EXCEL, POWER POINT and VISIO computer programs.
  • Has an in-depth understanding of the procurement aspects of the technical equipment needed to carryout live broadcasts.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and manage people effectively.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and provide efficient and effective solutions on site.
  • Leadership ability is required.
  • Willingness to travel as required.

Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Advanced technical school or engineering courses specializing in electronics or radio/TV.

Additional Information: (i.e. physical requirements, holiday, nights, weekend shifts, etc.)

The hiring range for this remote position is $128,576.00 to $189,750.00 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

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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