Director 3 / AM Show Director

The Weather Channel
Jun 25, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
Hiring Manager
Full Time

Overall Responsibilities

This candidate will direct and lead the production teams for high profile and primary shows on The Weather Channel, delivering “network-level” on-air results.

This senior 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, Talent and production teams 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 on assigned projects across the network.

Review show rundowns prior to productions with Executive Producers, Producers, Talent, On-Camera Meteorologists, and Production 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 along with available graphic production devices.

Be able to identify, critique and assist in the creations of high production value, “network-level” lighting and sound design.

Be able to assist the Lighting Director in the creation of appropriate lighting cues.

Be able to operate preset cues from the lighting board, and show cues from the audio console.

Be able to operate iNEWS (or comparable) 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.

Provide performance feedback on Production Tech team members to Manager.

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

Deliver high production value, “network-level” standards in projects across the network through training and leadership of Production teams.

Oversee creative and directorial production of TWC programming, specifically the high profile shows.

Work with management to lead directing team and production crew development and team building.

Be available via cell phone, as first point of contact, to address issues while on shift.

Resolve production or team issues and guarantee coverage while maintaining normal duties.

Partner with team members to effectively share techniques and skills to strengthen the skills of the team as a whole.

Assist with the implementation, training and procedural development of existing and new personnel and equipment for the team.

Participate in development of ideas and implementation of process improvements for Director / TDs.

Identify any lighting issues with the Lighting Director and assist with verifying any necessary changes.

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.

Assist with performance evaluations as requested for members of the directing team and production crew.

Provide input as requested to prepare for current or future crew and/or programming changes.


Experience Qualifications

10+ 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.

Demonstrated strong technical knowledge of all traditional production control room and studio equipment with the ability to understand, trouble shoot and resolve most equipment operations issues.

Demonstrated basic understanding of job responsibilities and operations for all Production Control Room team members.

Excellent verbal and communication skills.

Excellent multi-tasking skills.

Excellent time management skills.

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.

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.


Ability to think creatively, strategically and identify/resolve problems.
Ability to succeed in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Detail oriented.
Ability to manage media budgets.

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