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Date: Oct 4, 2017

Location: Atlanta, GA, US

Company: Weather Group

Working at The Weather Channel television network

At Weather Group, we have heightened focus on innovation, first-class storm coverage and hyper-localized weather information available through our various platforms including: The Weather Channel, WeatherScan and Local Now. For more than 30 years, The Weather Channel television network has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate the experience of weather in all its forms.

We are one of the most widely distributed television networks and the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive real-time programming of any media outlet, with trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather.

Weather is inherently fascinating, and we share our passion through the stories we tell to our audiences through our programming. The more our viewers engage with us, the more our stories illuminate how weather impacts almost everything.

We’re always looking for new talent to keep us on top—like someone incredible to fill the job listed here.

Position Summary

This Director TD1 will direct and lead the production teams for high profile shows on The Weather Channel, delivering “network-level” on-air results. 

 

This Director TD1 will direct shows and must be able to direct and technical direct simultaneously.   The idea candidate for this role 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.

 

The Director TD1 is expected to direct and technical direct live and taped programming, with or without Producer input and possibly in a one-person automated control room setting. This position will have supervisory authority over the crew during the show and during pre-show and post-show meetings.  This position will also technical direct and must have a solid technical background with television and must be able to troubleshoot technical directing issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Technical direct or direct live shows, pre-production and post-production from a Production Control Room or post suite, delivering high production value, “network-level” on-air results on assigned projects across the network
  • Oversee technical and creative execution of TWC programming, specifically the high profile shows
  • 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.
  • 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 operate preset cues from the lighting board, and show cues from the audio console
  • Be able to operate Dalet NRCS (or comparable system) to access and mark rundowns, scripts, and communicate to technical crew all changes in show
  • Give clear, concise cues to all crew members
  • Provide pre and post-show performance feedback and critiques as needed
  • Provide performance feedback on crew performance to Manager
  • Give timing cues to Talent and crew as needed
  • Be proficient and operate a one-person automated control room for scheduled shows or pre-production
  • Will be responsible for other duties as required and/or assigned
  • 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
  • Oversee creative and directorial production of TWC programming
  • Work with management to lead directing team and production crew development and team building
  • 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 and TOC reports, any personnel or equipment issues to appropriate Manager and next shift team lead
  • Work closely with appropriate Manager to prepare for current or future crew and/or programming changes
  • 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
  • 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

  • 3 years broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience preferred
  • Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field, or comparable professional experience
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of job responsibilities and operations for all Production Control Room team members (Audio, Vizrt, Orad, Robotics, Floor manager, etc.)
  • Above average computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite apps, and ability to learn and utilize Google business apps

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Desire to achieve, flexibility and willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done in a 24x7 environment
  • Must be a team player with a high level of accountability
  • A strong work ethic and highly motivated
  • Customer focus
  • Highly collaborative; ability to work well on a team; accustomed to partnering with business side to reach business goals

Disclaimers

Recruiting Firms
The Weather Channel does not accept agency/search firm referrals for this posting, or other postings, without prior written permission from The Weather Channel Human Resources. The Weather Channel is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

 

Hours
The Weather Channel operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Hours worked by The Weather Channel associates will vary according to job responsibility and scheduling demands of each department.
 
EEOC Statement
The Weather Channel is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, the presence of non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any legally protected status.

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary. Any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way. If you choose to complete this form, please follow the link below, complete the form and return to hrservicedelivery@weathergroup.com, which is a confidential e-mail in box.
http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503/Voluntary_Self-Identification_of_Disability_CC-305_SD_Edit1.24.14.pdf
 
Relocation Statement
Relocation costs are not provided for this job, by submitting a resume, candidates understand and acknowledge that The Weather Channel will not provide relocation assistance or support and that relocation will be entirely the responsibility of the candidate.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Human Resources does NOT provide application status updates via the telephone.  Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent via e-mail once the application has been successfully submitted.


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