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Technical Director II

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 887045BR Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 18, 2021

Job Summary:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams together into one global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all distribution, network and engineering operations, sales, advertising, data, and certain key technology functions worldwide for the Company's content engines. DMED also manages operations of the Company's streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ HotStar, as well as domestic broadcast and cable television networks.


DMED Technology creates products, platforms, and innovations for the DMED Segment and The Walt Disney Company by driving the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products to empower our businesses and engage consumers. With global scale, local presence, and deep technological excellence, DMED Technology helps DMED and The Walt Disney Company optimize technology, platforms, and resources, while bringing creative ideas to life and creating industry-shaping approaches.

Technical Director II’s work with the directors and staff in the control room before and during productions. Work will be performed in a fast-paced environment for a wide variety of studio shows and events. Technical Director II’s in the Studio group will be responsible for preparing and switching video elements during live and pre-recorded productions while ensuring all content meets ESPN’s high standards of quality.

Responsibilities:

  • Advanced level operation of all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to Technical Directing functions (e.g. operating video switchers, implementing sources, creating displays, interfacing with external devices, creating user and suite preferences).
  • Building and maintaining effects for various productions, coordinating associated communication and documentation with the entire Technical Directing team.
  • Demonstrating advanced knowledge of plant signal flow/routing.
  • Measuring video signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods.
  • Performing at an advanced level under strict timelines and/or live conditions.
  • Understanding complex information and disseminating it to proper personnel in a clear and concise manner.
  • Detailed knowledge of specific workflows for identifying and resolving operational errors and equipment failure.
  • Prioritizing and disseminating information among the entire control room crew to ensure seamless productions.
  • Participating special event coverage and projects as necessary.
  • Creating learning opportunities that foster development for other operators. Required to train others in operational areas and generate training documentation.
  • Participation in required administrative tasks including, but not limited to, the effective utilization of all ESPN software-based applications (such as time entry, travel and expense filing,) and daily shift reporting.
  • Participation in training programs, (physical, classroom, virtual, etc.) for self-career development and/or regarding any relevant equipment and workflow changes within the operation.
  • Seeking out information in regard to the workflow of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others.
  • Embrace company initiatives including town and/or departmental meetings, upward feedback, performance management applications and employee surveys. Encourage others to do the same.
  • Problem-solving, troubleshooting and effective communication to best convey any issues needing resolution.
  • Any other duties needed to help achieve business objectives

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 years practical TV Production or related experience at the large market or network level.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Flexibility to alter shifts/days off and work overtime to accommodate projects and departmental objectives.
  • Must demonstrate ability to perform tasks under tight deadlines, work independently and lead simultaneous projects.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills are a necessity.
  • Organizational, efficiency and planning skills are required.
  • Ability to initiate and lead projects especially with regards to training and enhancing business workflows.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team dynamic.
  • Must be willing and able to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
  • Candidates must have good computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc...) and strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to: Video production switchers, server-based recording/playback systems and related control devices, TV Production routers, intercom systems, signal conversion equipment, etc.
  • Well-rounded experience in a live production control room environment.
  • Familiarity with production control room automation systems (e.g. Grass Valley Ignite).
  • Candidates must have a strong computer background (Outlook, ENPS, Word, Excel, etc...) including experience with computer network signal flow.
  • Bilingual (written and spoken) in both English and Spanish.

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Studio Production, Journalism or related field
  • Vocational School Certification
  • Related Experience


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 segment 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.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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