This candidate will direct shows and must be able to direct and technical direct simultaneously. The candidate will function as a back-up to the main director for The Weather Channel’s high profile shows, as well as directing projects of their own.
The candidate must have excellent communication skills with ability to “call” a show in a clear, efficient manner that can be followed by all, while maintaining control of the crew and the show.
Candidate is expected to direct and technical direct live and taped programming, with or without Producer input, including in a one-person automated control room setting.
The candidate will have supervisory authority over the crew during their shows and during pre-show and post-show meetings. This position will also function as a technical director and must have a solid technical background in television production and must be able to troubleshoot technical directing
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Direct and/or Technical 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
- Assist with the establishment of best practices for production techniques to create high production value, “network-level” standards.
- 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 proficient at operating single-operator automated control room for live shows or pre-production.
- 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
- Provide pre and post-show performance feedback and critiques as needed.
- Give time cues as required to Talent & production team.
- Report show outcome to Dir Show Report after every show
- Report equipment problems and discrepancies to Manager and to Engineering Dept.
- Demonstrated basic understanding of job responsibilities and operations for all Production Control Room team members (Audio, Vizrt, Orad, Robotics, Floor manager, etc.)
- Oversee creative and directorial production of TWC programming, specifically the high profile shows.
- 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.
- Identify and address any lighting issues with the Lighting Director and assist with 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.
- Keep proper documentation of crew performance throughout year and contribute to directing team’s and production crew’s Mid-year and End of Year
- Personal Performance Reviews..
- 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 onair show or production. Some monitors could be as close as 2 ft and as far as 12 ft away.
- 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.
Education, Experience, Certification Requirements
- 5 - 10 years broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience preferred
- Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must demonstrate strong technical knowledge over all control room and studio equipment with the ability to understand, trouble shoot and resolve most equipment issues
- Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) effectively
- Ability to operate in a dynamic environment; time management and prioritization; process re-engineering; excellent written and verbal presentation skills; teamwork; problem solving; attention to detail.
- Must have a positive "can do, whatever it takes to get the job done" attitude
- Unquestionable ethical standards.
- Highly proficient with MS Office applications and Google Office tools.
- Ability to be flexible and willing to work the hours necessary to get the job done in a 24x7 environment
- Ability to interact effectively, horizontally, through The Weather Channel as needed, working closely and collaboratively with other departments.
- Ability to make smart decisions and adapt to changes, especially under fast paced, stressful conditions.