- Sr Production Tech

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Sr Production Tech


This is an advanced position within the Broadcast Operations team that entails filling the job responsibilities of Audio, VizRT, Dalet Video Playback, Powerwall Monitor system and the Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) system during the course of a shift.

Category Technician 
Location Greater Atlanta Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Feb 22, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

As the Senior Production Technician, this position will act as the first point of contact in the absence of Production Operation Management to troubleshoot and / resolve technical issues, manage operations schedules and be a liaison for the Broadcast Operations team. This position is also expected to create SOPs for the team and act as lead trainer.  In depth knowledge of all control room and studio operations / roles is preferred. Candidates must have excellent technical, communication, and leadership skills.

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.

  • Must be available as a point of contact in the absence of Production Operations Management, to address issues while on shift.
  • Coordinate operational scheduling to meet coverage requirements.
  • Partner with team members to effectively share techniques and skills to strengthen the team.
  • Lead the implementation, training, and procedural development of existing and new personnel and equipment for Production Technicians, Camera Operators, and Studio Operators.
  • Participate in development of ideas and implementation of process improvements for Production Technicians, Camera Operators, and Studio Operators. 
  • Maintain close contact with Engineer On Duty to report and follow-up on equipment issues. 
  • Will report, via written shift notes, any personnel or equipment issues to Production Operations Manager(s) and next shift contact.
  • Will be expected to help keep proper documentation of crew performance throughout the year and contribute feedback to crew’s Mid-year and End of Year Personal Performance Reviews.
Specific Responsibilities related to:

  • Work with directors and producers to ensure all Vizrt graphic elements are ready for air: correct spelling, functionality, format, and concept. 
  • Coordinate and communicate with the Design Group to test new Vizrt templates.
  • Use Dalet NRCS to check each show rundown for accuracy related to Vizrt graphics elements.  Graphics Operator will access each Vizrt element within the Dalet NRCS rundown checking for any spelling, functionality, or format errors.
  • Coordinate with producer before each show on graphic needs, i.e. missing or incorrect Vizrt elements.
  • Communicate with director on where each Vizrt element will air: Vizrt Engine 1, 2 or 3 and designate output engines within active Content Pilot play-list.
  • Operate Viz Content Pilot and Soft Metal for Live TWC programming as scheduled by supervisor.
  • Inform Producer & Director about format errors related to individual graphic templates. 
  • Other operational duties as assigned.
  • Reports show problems, equipment issues, and discrepancies via Engineering report and to Production Operations Manager(s)
  • Mix studio and location audio for live to air and taped production. 
  • Assure proper mixing technique of all audio sources.
  • Assure all equipment is operating properly before every show.
  • Provide mix-minus feed to location talent and IFB to in-house talent.
  • Assure best possible audio quality is making air or recorded for productions. Use phase control, EQ, compression, as needed. 
  • Work with Producers & Directors to get audio sources needed for show or productions. 
  • Operate various audio related equipment, mics, ENCO, router, ADAM, and other related equipment as needed.
  • Attend pre-show meetings with Directors and Producers.
  • Read and mark rundowns when necessary to execute program elements at appropriate times.
  • May be required to work audio suite on VO reads, use of CDs, Dalet & Team News programs, and have skills for sweetening projects, etc.
  • Replace mic and IFB batteries.
  • Other operational duties as assigned.
  • Reports show problems to Director for the Director Show Report.
  • Reports show problems, equipment issues, and discrepancies via Engineering report and to Production Operations Manager(s).
  • Will act as the audio administrator overseeing audio procedures and equipment, including inventory of gear and batteries. 
  • Operate Dalet Video Playback and Powerwall Monitor Graphics system for Live TWC programming as scheduled by Operations Manager.
  • Understand the Dalet NRCS  newsroom system and how to navigate through a rundown. 
  • Responsible for routing sources, per rundown or the Directors call, into the designated studio monitor inputs.
  • Be proficient with DALET and how to launch the Dalet production client for any of the control rooms.
  • Be proficient with changing monitor set ups and executing display source changes in Powerwall.
  • Be familiar with how to BROWSE / Search video and know how to insert video into a rundown. 
  • Must be able to navigate through folder tree to find graphics and send them to designated studio monitor.
  • Must know how to relaunch Powerwall application from main or tablet client.
  • Must know how to create custom display presets to meet show requirements.
  • Exhibit ability to use Powerwall tablet for remote monitor control.
  • Know how to find and prepare clips to be played manually, outside of the rundown. 
  • Responsible for communicating and / or confirming the channel assignments for each clip.
  • Responsible for cueing and playing clips per the Director’s call.
  • Attend pre-show meetings with Directors and Producers.
  • Other operational duties as assigned.
  • Reports show problems, equipment issues, and discrepancies via Engineering report and to Production Operations Manager(s).
IMR (Immersive Mixed Reality)
  • Operates the Reality Hub software to change scenes, locations, weather environments and monitor assets inside the digital environment.
  • Perform the daily fax of all Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) systems including, Mo-Sys camera tracking system, Zero Density, and Reality Hub. 
  • Work with directors, producers and floor directors to coordinate IMR hits and suggest best practices. 
  • Be able to troubleshoot issues with IMR and accurately report these issues to the engineering and graphics engineering teams. 
  • 5 years Broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience required.
  • Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field preferred.
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills.
  • Must demonstrate ability to lead and resolve scheduling issues.
  • Proactively recognize problems and take corrective actions.
  • Strong leadership ability.
  • Must have good time management skills. 
  • Good organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Work with deadlines and within a team environment.
  • Excellent ability to make smart decisions and adapt to changes, especially under fast paced, stressful conditions.
  • Does the 'right thing' even if it is difficult or unpopular. 
  • Demonstrates an active concern for people and their needs. 
  • Treats others and their opinions with respect. 
  • Builds and maintains credibility and trust. 
  • Earns others' confidence by providing effective coaching, mentoring, and direct feedback. 
  • Works effectively with others to create a shared vision. 
  • Uses objective analysis in planning, problem solving, and decision making. 
  • Accurately assesses critical success factors and implements winning strategies.
  • Is sought out for opinions, ideas and input. 
Physical Requirements:
  • Will be required to sit in a chair from 2 – 4 hours at a time.
  • Will be required to type on a keyboard for a period of 2 – 3 hours.
  • Will be required to look at a computer monitor and other monitors for a period of 2 – 3 hours. Some monitors could be as close as 2 ft and as far as 12 ft away.
  • May be required to lift lighting fixtures, move scenery or other equipment. The weight may range from 20-100 lbs.

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit 40
Shift Day, Evening, Overnight
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