The Weather Channel and Allen Media seek a lead TV Director to join their Emmy® Award-winning production team.
Our cutting-edge visual presentations and compelling storytelling provide viewers with a deeper understanding of the science behind weather. In this role you will work with a team to develop high-profile live and edited broadcast productions and contribute to special projects for our fast-growing Allen Media Group brands, such as Entertainment Studios, The Weather Channel+, theGrio, Local Now and more. This lead director will spearhead storytelling in network-level productions for new on-air, online and streaming projects. We are growing and looking for a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, production leadership experience and a passion for creating engaging and moving content. TWC Immersive Mixed Reality compilation reels - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLki90Aw2GjdeFFwqlQXOaMy6UKihs0TUc
This position will be required to direct and lead production teams for high profile and primary shows, segments or special projects for Allen Media/Weather Group Television and its entities, delivering “network-level” productions for on-air, on-line, in live and recorded projects.
The candidate must be able to implement the creative vision, while troubleshooting, making critical decisions, and acting as a creative and production leader.
This position requires an experienced director that has live directing experience with a large market station, (inter)national broadcaster or (inter)national cable facility, along with demonstrated experience developing and leading teams. The Director will partner with Show Producers, Executive Producers, Talent, Production, Marketing and Design teams on a daily basis to develop and sculpt show ideas, show segments, promotional pieces, marketing initiatives and special projects; planning execution logistics and pursuing ways to enhance and improve the production value of assigned projects or shows. The Technology Lead will be the owner of Director-related control room technology: video switchers, routers, multi-viewers, as well as virtual, augmented and immersive reality equipment.
The candidate must have excellent communication skills with the proven ability to “call” a show in a clear, efficient manner that can be followed by all, and have the demonstrated ability to maintain control of the production team and the show during stressful time.
- Direct live and taped productions, as well as pre-production and post-production sessions from a Production Control Room or post suite, delivering high production value with “network-level” on-air results, on assigned projects across WGT.
- Review program 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 camera shots to meet the demands of the production, demonstrating a progressive approach via the blocking to add value to on air presentation.
- Be able to direct all production elements taking full advantage of the capabilities of the video production switcher, along with available graphic production devices, enhanced audio production capability, state-of-the-art live remote capabilities and augmented reality systems.
- Be able to identify, critique and assist in the creation of high production value, “network-level” lighting and sound design.
- Be able to operate Dalet NRCS (or comparable) newsroom system – accessing and marking rundowns, scripts, and communicating changes to production team.
- Provide pre and post-production performance feedback and critiques as needed.
- Report outcome of show via Director Show Report after every show.
- Provide performance feedback on Production Technology team members to Manager.
- Report equipment problems and discrepancies to Manager and to Engineering Department via in-house reporting system.
- Complete special projects as assigned by Senior Director, including live and recorded Allen Media/Weather Group production initiatives.
- Work with Design team in studio development, graphics projects and on-air presentation
- Lead software-related development or coding projects for production/operations applications (e.g.,calendars, show reports, dashboards)
- Evaluate technology options and help to set the company technology focus in the right direction
- Determine technology solutions as needed for Allen Media/Weather Group project
- Collaborate with Broadcast Engineering and IT teams to create best solutions for technical challenges
- Consult on and define technology SOPs as needed
- Will be responsible for other duties as required and/or assigned.
- Work with management to lead directing teams, production crew development and team building.
- Be available as first point of contact during assigned hours, to address production issues that arise.
- Participate in development of ideas and implementation of process improvements for Director / TDs.
- Report, via written shift notes, any personnel or equipment issues to appropriate Manager and next shift team lead.
- 10+ years Broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience preferred, including creating and standing up new programs.
- 5+ years of team leadership experience required.
- Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field preferred.
- Some knowledge of software development and/or coding preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must have excellent working knowledge of production/broadcast environment.
- Demonstrated strong technical knowledge of all traditional control room, studio and field production systems with the ability to understand, troubleshoot and resolve most operations issues to minimize production impact..
- Demonstrated experience leading, developing and managing a production team.
- Excellent multi-tasking, time management, 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.
- Strong 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.
- 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 program 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 program production. Some monitors could be as close as 2 ft and as far as 12 ft away.