- Real-Time Graphics Developer II

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Real-Time Graphics Developer II


This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories at an intermediate level of understanding and skill.

Category After Effects  Animation  Art Department  Graphic Design  Live Event / On Location Services  Motion Graphics 
Location Charlotte, North Carolina Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Dec 20, 2023
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories at an intermediate level of understanding and skill. The Real-Time Graphics Developer II works on directory maintenance and new graphic builds while collaborating with a team or independently, with little oversight. They communicate with supervisors, teammates and partners to help set expectations and ensure on-time delivery. They will adhere to department and project workflows and processes. They will provide error-free graphics and technical support. They will participate in and assist with training and onboarding programs. This is a creative role that requires the ability to innovate, learn quickly and collaborate with others under varying deadlines to maintain the quality of ESPN on-air product.

  • Primarily utilize Vizrt, Ross Xpression, or Unreal Engine in the process of graphics creation, development, and deployment of graphics for ESPN productions
  • Plan, build, maintain and update graphic directories with little oversight or while collaborating with a team of developers
  • Translate project details and creative direction into custom design, animation, and layout solutions
  • Provide  troubleshooting and support for event and/or studio directories
  • Utilize other graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After-Effects, Adobe Illustrator, and Cinema4D, to aid in the creation of designs and animations
  • Utilize and understand internal proprietary software and workflows
  • Learn about specialty business segments such as touchscreen, interactive, virtual studio, data visualization, augmented reality, etc.
  • Work closely with management and teammates on deliverables to manage expectations and ensure effective and on-time delivery
  • Research and answer technical questions with respect to design/animation techniques and workflows
  • Adhere to project-wide workflows, scripts and processes
  • Engage with hardware and/or software upgrades and new studio builds
  • Assist co-workers and help with on-boarding and training
  • Collaborate within the ESPN Creative Studio to contribute to long-term initiatives
  • Push creativity and software skills to higher levels, explore new technology, and communicate on all phases of a project to maintain the quality of ESPN’s on-air product
  • Participate in special assignments such as in-house/off-site training and technical support for packagers, remote freelancers, and vendors
  • Observe graphic format deviations and enforce ESPN graphic look
  • Prepare image files for programs
  • Contribute innovative ideas, pushing designs to the next level, and learn new software to enhance individual versatility in the department
  • Adhere to proper file management techniques to ensure efficient archiving and subsequent retrieval of projects
  • Recognize, report, and help troubleshoot equipment/software/work environment issues
  • Adhere to all administrative responsibilities, including time entry and daily reporting requirements
  • Maintain high standards of efficiency, consistency, accuracy, creativity and timely delivery of all requests
  • Track and report on value of contributions
Basic Requirements:
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience designing graphics or working in a live production setting
  • Intermediate knowledge of a real-time graphics platform such as Vizrt, Ross Xpression or Unreal Engine
  • Hands-on knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe After-Effects
  • Excellent understanding and regular use of effective type layout
  • Evident 2D animation skills
  • Experience working with graphics for live production or broadcast setting
  • Interest in or experience with broadcast and television production technologies
  • Ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
  • Aptitude and drive to learn and apply new concepts, techniques and software
  • In possession of communications skills, helping team leaders and management set expectations for on-time delivery and taking direction well
  • Drive to contribute new and innovative ideas
  • Ability to assist with new hardware, software and studio builds
  • Highly motivated, works well under pressure, effectively prioritizes assignments and changes direction easily
  • Keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and occasionally travel and work in a live-TV setting
  • Applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel
Preferred Requirements:
  • 5 years of real-time experience at a major network or production company
  • Experience with live broadcast sport graphics experience encompassing event and/or studio workflows
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Vizrt and Trio software
  • Experience with or understanding of graphics playout in a live setting
  • Experience with 3D graphics, modeling and animation concepts with experience in Cinema4D, Maya, Unreal Engine or other 3D animation program
  • Strong ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
  • Strong interest and knowledge of sports and sports culture
  • Must have reliable transportation to work
Required Education:
High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 

Additional Information:
This role requires the person to be in the office

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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