Position Summary: MLB Network seeks an Associate Director with strong knowledge of live studio show production. The Associate Director will work on a variety of shows on both MLB/NHL Networks as assigned.
Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities include:
Confer with the Director and Producer on plans for the program.
Time Master Control to commercial break; time the program back from commercial break; communicate timing of all taped elements of the program to the Producer.
Coordinate production tasks with the Stage Manager, all production and technical personnel, including but not limited to audio, TD, graphics, lighting and graphics operators or their Producers, as well as other Associate Directors and other employees of the Company.
Mark the show rundown in ENPS, including music cues, sound effects, TD effects, remotes, tape times and more. The Associate Director works with show personnel – including Producers – to execute the live production of the show.
Work across departments (graphics, file transfer, edit coordinators), to ensure timely delivery of all show elements. The AD is responsible for knowing the correct sponsorships and billboards for their show and works with appropriate parties to make sure assets air correctly and to communicate discrepancies.
Coordinate with playback and EVS operators on all tape elements during live and taped show production. This includes previewing all playbacks for the show they are assigned as well as ensuring all pre-taped segments are recorded. Will also work with TOC on preparing remotes involved in production.
Attend and contribute ideas and feedback during weekly staff & departmental meetings.
Other such duties as required.
Skills & Experience: The ideal candidate must have most if not all of the following skills and experiences:
Must have at least 5 years’ Network Associate Director experience.
Must have strong communication skills.
Must be organized and capable of making decisions on the fly, under pressure.
Ability to quickly and accurately take direction from Broadcast Operations and Production Management regarding creative and operational procedures, as well as Coordinating Producers and other Associate Directors.
Must have previous experience in a live control room television environment.
Proficiency with ENPS or equivalent.
Must demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of baseball/hockey.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Be extremely organized, demonstrate initiative and an ability to complete multiple assignments in a timely manner.
Individual must work well in a dynamic environment and be able to recommend and implement process improvements, work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrate the tact, diplomacy, decisiveness, and superior people skills required in a pressurized live television environment.
Ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
Possess visual acuity sufficient to perform required tasks.
Possess manual dexterity sufficient to perform required tasks.
Possess a level of hearing sufficient for effective interaction with stakeholders by various means, including in-person, via phone, etc.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Journalism or Communication or equivalent.
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