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Lead Software Engineer, Video Platform Engineering

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10012825 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 10, 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:

Disney+ is the Disney-branded streaming service featuring an outstanding collection of content from its brands and franchises recognized and respected all over the world including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, and NatGeo. Hulu is a premium streaming service that offers premium originals, current season TV, a massive library of hit series and movies, and live television. Our combined Disney and Hulu team is looking for hardworking team players to join the Media Engineering team, who will thrive upon the legacy of Disney and Hulu, embrace unconventional thinking, and who are passionate about contributing to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience through strategic hard work and determination.

Within the Disney Media Engineering Group, the Client Playback Platform team is seeking a Lead Software Developer who will be an exceptional addition to our team. As a member of our team, you will be working on best-in-class media streaming and advertising experiences in our Hulu/Disney+ apps. The right person for this role loves to code and debug hard problems, loves creating new experiences for passionate TV viewers, and loves working with others. If you are someone who enjoys working on projects that have millions of customers and enjoys having direct impact on their experiences, then this is a great role for you.


  • Work with other engineers to design, develop and maintain the code which drives our streaming media viewing experience.

  • Work closely with our team of UX designers, product managers and engineers around the globe to create best-of-class, delightful, TV-watching experiences.

  • Help redefine how we all engage with and consume video content in the living room.

  • Participate in design discussions, code reviews, and roadmap planning.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent experience

  • 8+ years experience as a developer

  • 4+  years working with video delivery.

  • Experience working with CMAF, DASH and HLS in a playback environment

  • Strong programming language skills; experience with C/C++

  • A strong grasp of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, etc).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Great communication and collaboration skills and a strong teamwork ethic.

  • Experience with Direct 3D or OpenGL or similar frameworks.

  • Experience developing for Playstation, Xbox, FireTV, or similar devices.

  • Experience with DRM technologies like Playready or Widevine.

  • Experience with Rust

  • Experience with Java or Objective C

  • Experience working with HTML5 Media Element

  • Experience with multichannel audio technologies like Dolby Digital or DTS


The hiring range for this position is $181,100 to $209,700 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 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 Tech, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Tech 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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