Director /TD

Apr 04, 2013
May 04, 2013
Melissa Ngo
Full Time
Overall Responsibilities
The candidate will direct and lead the production team for high profile and primary shows on The Weather Channel, delivering “network-level” on-air results.

This position requires an experienced director that has directing experience with a large market station, (inter)national broadcaster or (inter)national cable facility. The Director will partner with Show Producers, Executive Producers and talent on a daily basis to develop and sculpt show ideas, thinking through execution logistics and pursuing ways to enhance and improve the production value of assigned projects.

The candidate must have excellent communication skills with the ability to “call” a show in a clear, efficient manner that can be followed by all, and maintain control of the production team and the show.

Director Responsibilities
? Direct live and taped shows, as well as pre-production and post-production sessions from a production control room or post suite, delivering high production value, “network-level” on air results.
? Deliver high production value, “network-level” standards on assigned projects across the network by establishing best practices with production teams.
? Review show rundowns prior to productions with Executive Producers, Producers, Talent, On-Camera Meteorologists, and Production Tech team communicating rundown changes, show needs, script changes, crew performance expectations, etc.
? Block studio camera shots to meet the demands of the show, demonstrating a progressive approach via the blocking to add value to on air results.
? Be able to direct all show elements taking full advantage of the capabilities of the production switcher (DVE wipes, animated transitions, box effects, live shots, etc) along with available graphic production devices.
? Be able to identify and critique high production value, “network-level” lighting and sound design.
? Be able to operate preset cues from from the lighting board, and show cues from the audio console.
? Be able to operate iNEWS system – accessing and marking rundowns, scripts, and communicating changes to production team.
? Give clear, concise cues to all Production Tech team members.
? Provide pre and post-show performance feedback and critiques as needed.
? Give time cues as required to Talent and production team.
? Report outcome of show via Director Show Report after every show.
? Report equipment problems and discrepancies to Manager and to Engineering Dept. via in-house request system.
? Will be responsible for other duties as required and/or assigned.

Leadership Responsibilities
? Partner with team members to effectively share techniques and skills to strengthen the skills of the team as a whole.
? Participate in development of ideas and implementation of process improvements for Director / TDs.
? Maintain close contact with Engineer On Duty to report and follow-up on equipment issues.
? Report, via written shift notes, any personnel or equipment issues to appropriate Manager and next shift team lead.
? Work closely with appropriate Manager to prepare for current or future crew and / or programming changes.

Experience Qualifications
? 7+ years Broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience preferred.
? Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field preferred.
? Knowledge of variety of production control room and studio operations.

Knowledge / Skill Requirements
? Must have excellent working knowledge of production/broadcast environment.
? Must demonstrate strong technical knowledge of all traditional production control room and studio equipment with the ability to understand, trouble shoot and resolve most equipment issues.
? Demonstrated basic understanding of job responsibilities and operations for all Production Control Room team members (Audio, Vizrt, Vista Spyder, Robotics, Floor manager, etc.)
? Excellent verbal and communication skills.
? Excellent multi-tasking skills.
? Excellent time management skills, and the ability to effectively manage operational resources.
? Good organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
? Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work well with other people in a team-oriented environment.
? Ability to make smart decisions and adapt to changes, especially under fast paced, stressful conditions.
? Problem-solving skills and the ability to apply them to improve organizational and technical effectiveness.
? Above average computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite apps, and ability to learn and utilize Google business apps.
? Demonstrated can-do attitude to accomplish tasks
? As this position supports a 24x7 news/weather environment, candidates must have flexibility to work days, nights, overnights and weekends as needed and without advance notice. Vacation “black out” period during Hurricane Season currently exists from Aug. 15 - Sept.30

Behavior Requirements
? Unquestionably high ethical standards.
? Customer-focused and team player mentality.
? Flexible and adaptable attitude in an ever-changing environment.
? Ability to get along well with others, willing and able to deal with a diverse cultural & customer base on numerous types of challenging situations.
? Interest in learning as well as teaching, and developing skills in others.
? Ability to interact effectively “horizontally” through TWC as needed, working closely and collaboratively with multiple departments and management.

Physical Requirements
? Will be required to sit in a chair from 2 – 4 hours at a time.
? Will be required to wear a headset and listen to multiple audio sources during on-air show production.
? Will be required to type on a keyboard for a period of 2 – 3 hours during pre-production and for 2 - 4 hours during the on-air show production.
? Will be required to look at a computer monitor and other monitors for a period of 2 – 3 hours during pre-productions and for 2 - 4 hours during the on-air show or production. Some monitors could be as close as 2 ft and as far as 12 ft away.
? May be required to lift, adjust and/or replace light fixtures. Fixtures may weigh as much as 20 lbs.
? May be required to lift and move a ladder to replace light fixtures. Ladders may weigh as much as 20 lbs.
? May be required to move and lift set pieces. Set Pieces may range between 20 – 100 lbs. Items over 20 lbs. would be carried by multiple crewmembers.

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