ESPN Production Operations is a unit within the Production division of ESPN Content. Our staff comprises Network Operations, Edit, Studio, Production Control Rooms, Operations Specialists, Facility Resources and Business Operations. Production Operations staffs the operational positions (camera, editing, master control, technical directing, etc.) that support domestic and international studio and event programming and network operations.
The Lead Audio Operator must be proficient in mixing and monitoring all audio sources for both live and taped programming, including but not limited to microphones, music, sound effects and natural sound. This person is expected to work with the production team in maintaining ESPN’s high standards of audio presentation for all studio shows, and will have advanced proficiency in the use of all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to, audio mixing consoles, outboard equipment, MADI router, digital audio delivery servers, microphone and IFB signal flows, mix minus, intercom devices, broadcast routers, etc. Responsibilities :
Operates all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas at an advanced level, including but not limited to, audio mixing consoles, outboard equipment, MADI router, digital audio delivery servers, microphone and IFB signal flows, mix minus, intercom devices, broadcast routers, etc.
Demonstrates highly developed knowledge of audio functions and plant signal flow/routing.
Measures audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods.
Performs at an advanced level under strict timelines and/or live conditions.
Files reports, as necessary, on specific working conditions and, equipment status at the request of management.
Prioritizes and disseminates complex information among the entire control room crew in a clear and concise manner to ensure seamless productions.
Participates in special event coverage and projects as necessary.
Creates learning opportunities that foster development for other operators.
Required to train others in operational areas and generating training documentation.
Problem solves and troubleshoots using effective communication to best convey any issues needing resolution.
Seeks out information in regards 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.
Participates in training programs, (physical, classroom, virtual, etc.) for self-career development and/or regarding any relevant equipment and workflow changes within the operation.
Supports ESPN Domestic networks, including Deportes, as well as all ESPN International networks.
Basic Qualifications :
Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays
Minimum of 4 years practical TV Production or related experience at the large market or network level.
Advanced knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to; audio signal flow concepts, dynamics processing, equalizers, metering concepts, TV Production routers, intercom systems, signal conversion equipment, etc.
Well-rounded experience in a live production control room environment.
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.
In-depth understanding of workflow in other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations.
Organizational, efficiency and planning skills are required.
Must be willing and able to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
Ability to initiate and lead projects especially with regards to training and enhancing business workflows.
Candidates must have strong computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc…) including experience with computer network signal flow and strong communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications :
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