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Coordinating Real Time Developer

New Hartford, Connecticut
Job Type
22 Sep 2022
This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories for augmented and virtual reality executions at an expert level of understanding and skill. The Coordinating Real-Time Graphics Developer manages directory maintenance and new graphic builds independently or while leading a team. They communicate with teammates, partners and management-level stakeholders to help set expectations and ensure on-time delivery. They will develop system-wide workflows and processes. This role is expected to proactively provide and anticipate technical support with high proficiency. This role will specialize in real-time virtual and augmented reality graphics for live event and studio broadcasts. They assist with the development and maintenance of training and on-boarding programs. This is a creative role that requires the ability to innovate, learn quickly and collaborate with others under varying deadlines to maintain the quality of ESPN on-air product.

Responsibilities :

  • Primarily utilize Vizrt and Unreal Engine in the process of graphics creation, development, and deployment of graphics for ESPN productions
  • Plan, build, maintain and update complex custom graphics and directories independently or while leading a team of developers
  • Provide team leadership, direction, troubleshooting and support
  • Utilize other graphics software, such as Cinema4D, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After-Effects, and Adobe Illustrator to aid in the creation of designs and animations
  • Utilize and understand internal proprietary software and workflows
  • Act as primary lead for virtual graphics on one or more sport properties
  • Work closely with management on deliverables to manage expectations with clients and ensure effective delegation of assignments within Graphics Innovation Team
  • Proactively research and answer technical questions with respect to design/animation techniques and systems in use at a highly proficient level
  • Create system-wide workflows, scripts and processes, driving innovation for the department and individual projects
  • Coordinate with management to provide feedback, improve processes, and apply best practices to all project workflows
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of hardware and/or software upgrades and new studio builds
  • Teach, mentor and assist co-workers and help with the development and maintenance of on-boarding and training programs
  • Proactively collaborate within the ESPN Creative Studio to contribute to long-term initiatives
  • Translate project details and creative direction into custom design, animation, and layout solutions
  • Push creativity and software skills to higher levels, exploit new technology, and actively communicate on all phases of a project to maintain the quality of ESPN's on-air product
  • Lead special assignments such as in-house/off-site training and technical support for packagers, remote freelancers, and vendors
  • Observe graphic format deviations and enforce ESPN graphic look
  • Prepare image files for programs
  • Regularly contribute Innovative ideas, pushing designs to the highest level, and learn new software to enhance individual versatility in the department
  • Adhere to proper file management techniques to ensure efficient archiving and subsequent retrieval of projects
  • Recognize, report, and help troubleshoot equipment/software/work environment issues
  • Adhere to all administrative responsibilities, including time entry and daily reporting requirements
  • Maintain high standards of efficiency, consistency, accuracy, creativity and timely delivery of all requests
  • Track and report on value of contributions

Basic Qualifications :

  • At least 8 years of experience designing graphics for a live production setting at a major studio, network or production company
  • Expert-level knowledge of Vizrt
  • Industry-leading 2D and 3D animation skills and excellent use of effective type layout
  • Expert-level understanding of broadcast and television production technology
  • Good understanding of 3D graphics, modeling and animation concepts with experience in Cinema4D, Maya, or other 3D animation program
  • Drive to learn, create, and apply cutting-edge concepts, techniques and software and the ability to share skills with others
  • Drive to contribute new and innovative ideas, displaying conceptualization skills and the ability to offer unique creative solutions at a system-wide level
  • In possession of excellent communication skills, setting expectations with stakeholders for on-time delivery while taking and giving direction well
  • Ability to plan and implement new hardware, software and studio builds
  • Strong skills in coaching, mentoring and leading the development of teammates
  • Keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and occasionally travel and work in a live-TV setting
  • Please note that applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel

Preferred Qualifications :

  • 10+ years of live broadcast sport graphics experience encompassing event and studio workflows
  • Expert-level knowledge and understanding of Viz Trio
  • Advanced knowledge of Unreal Engine
  • Experience with or understanding of graphics playout in a live setting
  • Ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
  • Strong interest and knowledge of sports and sports culture

Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

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  • Job Reference: 718393287-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Recruiter: espn
  • Location: New Hartford, Connecticut
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent