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Principal Software Engineer (Media Player/Video Player)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10075459 Location Glendale, California, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Feb. 08, 2024

Job Summary:

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology
 On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also transforming Disney’s media business for the future. Whether that’s evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to maximize flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney’s unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
A few reasons why we think you’d love working here:

  • Building the future of Disney’s media: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.

  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.

  • Innovation: We develop and implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news

Media Engineering is an innovative organization that is focused on providing the best possible video playback experience, art, and metadata to customers around the world, powered by exceptional technology. This strategic work requires streamlining and repurposing technology across different business and distribution channels – including streaming, linear, and theatrical – so that technology can ebb and flow across the needs of the business.

Media Player Engineering

Our mission is to design video streaming playback solutions in collaboration with frontend, encoding, packaging, and delivery teams to optimize the Disney Streaming technology stack for the best streaming experience possible on all devices.


Your primary initiative will be to collaborate with playback involved teams to ensure our software provides a foundation for media playback innovation at Disney.

You are an opinionated optimist who always leaves the code that you are working on better than you found it. You foster trust, approach problems with empathy and respect, and embrace creativity. You see yourself as a partner who excels in prob

Our team is seeking someone who can fill the role of Principal Player Enablement Engineer for our Scale and Operations team with a focus on bringing our unified playback technology to all endpoints.  

As a Principal Player Enablement Engineer, you will help us fulfill our mission by connecting with developers from different teams, contributing to the media player design, and sharing your knowledge and experience with the wider DE&ET community through meetups, brown bags, and documentation, and examples.

The Principal Player Enablement Engineer will define strategies to grow the ecosystem, working closely with our internal clients, determining what the best technologies for their players, then collaborate with teams across the DE&ET organization to ensure that our video players bring best-in-class video experience to our guests.

  • Develop a scalable strategy to provide a unified playback stack to a vast variety of endpoints.

  • Work with our internal clients to onboard the video player for their devices and platforms, determining the best technologies to bring a world class video player experience to our guests.

  • Develop, share and document best practices for player development and deployment.

  • Create engaging content, including technical talks, blog posts, demos, and videos, that educates the Media Engineering and DE&ET community.

  • Work closely with our internal clients to determine the best technologies to properly scale and optimize their deployment processes.

  • Be a Media Player leader within Media Engineering and in the wider DE&ET community.

  • Contribute to top-level goals of the Media Player Engineering and the wider DE&ET Engineering organization teams.

  • Work with our internal teams throughout the development cycle to ensure proper playback of all video player features and enhancements across all the devices and platforms supported by the Media Player Engineering team.

  • Provides client-side advertising expertise to internal teams.

  • Works closely with the internal product, architecture, and engineering teams to define technical solutions to support the roadmap.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 10+ years of experience in the player / video domain

  • Strong communication skills

  • Track record of success in a software company

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Technical skills, particularly an understanding of Media Player and Video Player technologies.

  • Experience in the media player tooling space (automation, testing, etc)

  • Analytical and Data-Driven. Able to use data to drive decisions.

  • Able to work across teams collaboratively.

  • Understanding of the client-side advertising technologies

  • BS Computer Science (or related technical discipline) or equivalent real-world experience as an engineer in the video playback space.


The hiring range for this position in New York and Washington is $189,300 to $253,800 per year and in San Francisco, California is $197,900 to $265,400 per year and in Greater Los Angeles, California is $180,700 to $242,300 per year. 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 Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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

Disney Streaming Technology LLC 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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