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Principal, Creative Development, Advanced Research

New York, NY - US

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Job ID 742409BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted Jan. 31, 2020

Job Summary:

Disney Streaming Advanced Research (DSAR) is part of Disney Streaming Services, the division responsible for the complete technical platform for the Disney direct-to-consumer streaming video products. The DSAR team pioneers advanced application features, with a focus on voice, spatial computing, and machine learning to be enjoyed and loved by millions of viewers. We perform long-running research projects and create high-fidelity prototypes to demonstrate future innovations.

We are looking for a Principal, Creative Development to lead creation of spatial content for immersive XR experiences. Together with the front-end engineers, you will be responsible for creating best-in-class deliverables that are presented for buy-in to senior leadership within Disney Streaming. An ideal design candidate also has technical mastery in spatial computing development pipelines, and can creatively translate the Disney universe into immersive experiences that delight our subscribers worldwide.

Responsibilities:

· Creative Lead in designing new DTC application features
· Partner with Research engineers and UX designers as Creative Lead in generating facial caricature, expressive pose, and real-time puppeteering features for consumer devices

· Lead a team rigging high definition 3D models and environments in a real-time, volumetric video context

· Rapidly ideate and produce a wide range of visual concepts and directions

· Construct pitch decks and working prototypes using the Disney+ Dev Platform

Basic Qualifications:

10+ years professional experience as Creative Lead for story-driven, interactive, and/or consumer-facing spatial experiences with a highly technical component

5+ years Programming experience in scripting languages (Python, JavaScript or similar)

Expert experience in a variety of digital creation tools, including 3D. (Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, Blender, Unreal Engine, Unity)

Ability to lead team to model, rig, shade, light, and animate 3D assets

Ability to create textures and materials

Exceptional visual and written communication skills

You collaborate well with a team to work towards ideal solutions

You have the ability to work independently with minimal guidance.

You are proactive about communicating project status, progress and workload

Preferred Qualifications:

You are a well-rounded design-engineer with mastery in multiple areas

Empathy for your users and the ability to design products to elegantly solve their problems

Experience in Python, JavaScript or other scripting language

Professional experience with digital media/entertainment and associated platforms

Experience with shipping consumer-friendly interactive experiences.

Ability to innovate, think outside of the conventional solutions

Required Education

Fine Arts degree (MFA preferred), ideally in 3D Game Design, Interactive, or Architecture (or similar field) or equivalent on-the-job experience.

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

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 Streaming Services.

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.

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