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Sr Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10048865 Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Sep. 12, 2023

Job Summary:

Department/Group Overview:

Media Engineering builds the software and systems that prepare media content and metadata for the Disney Streaming platform - providing the best possible playback experience to our viewers.

Media Engineering handles audio, video, and metadata content from ingest through publish - for normalization, processing, and packaging - supporting operator tools and automation for a scalable workflow. We build logic across players and back-end services to measure, control, and optimize playback across our stack.

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.

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

Job Summary:

Our team is seeking someone who can fill the role of senior software engineer for an initiative we call the media experience layer. Our intention is design and develop a layered architecture for media playback which can span all the Disney direct-to-consumer brands like Disney+, ESPN, and Hulu. Your focus will be on collaborating with media playback teams on other platforms to ensure a consistent software architecture which delivers a best in class streaming experience for your viewers while providing a foundation for media playback innovation at Disney.

You are a person who enjoys working with other teams and technologies to understand their constraints. You enjoy the challenges presented by difficult problems and take pride in finding solutions which successfully thread the needle between design constraints, technical constraints, and the end experience of your users.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

  • Design and implement solutions for new features which integrate with various Disney media services/back-ends.

  • Collaboration and API design with peer services and front-end teams

  • Research and development for media playback experiences, integration, and testing

  • Participation in project planning and team operations

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:


  • 4 years experience in software engineering.

  • 1 year experience working directly with AVFoundation or one or more of these technologies: HLS, MPEG-DASH, Transport Stream, CMAF.

  • 4 year BA or BS degree.

  • Strong verbal/written communication and data presentation skills.


  • 10 years experience in software engineering.

  • Proven track record at a senior software engineering level.

  • Experience and expertise creating and shipping iOS and/or tvOS applications

The hiring range for this position in New York, is $129,560 to $189,530 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 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 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, 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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