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Senior Media Systems Engineer


Bristol, CT 05-09-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we're reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world's most beloved stories while also transforming our media business for the future. Whether that's evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to enhance flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney's unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

A few reasons why we think you'd love working here:
• Building the future of Disney's media: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.
• Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.
• Innovation: We develop and implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Engineering Services designs, builds, and sustains technology that powers DE&E Technology's worldwide content production and distribution platforms. In doing so, they contribute to a series of cross-functional services and technologies, including Quality Assurance, Data Analytics, Software Development, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Networking & Security.

Job Summary

Disney Media Systems Engineers have a clear charter: to transform the capability and flexibility of how Disney acquires, produces, and distributes content worldwide, all while ensuring the highest levels of quality, efficiency, and resiliency.

Disney Media Systems Engineers often find themselves at the crossroads between hardware and software-based technology and must possess a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the technology that powers the generation, monetization, and distribution of all forms of consumer- facing linear and digital video/audio content. Responsibility includes numerous systems such as Playout Technology, Studios, Production Control Rooms, Remote Production, Post-Production, Contribution/Distribution Systems, Networking, Cloud Compute, Production Software and Virtual Environment and more.

The Sr. Media Systems Engineer acts as a technical leader and is responsible for the design and implementation working closely with management and Executive Leadership to make recommendations and advance Disney's technical posture.

The Sr. Media Systems Engineer will work with vendors and industry trade organizations to define and evolve industry standards, solutions that impact our business. The Sr. Media Systems Engineer will lead and own all aspects of the design and build of Disney's most impactful projects and will leverage their experience to create documentation, procedures, and standards that drive all our technological development.

• Responsible and play lead role for technical implementation of traditional broadcast production systems and cloud -based infrastructure that support content acquisition, production, encoding, decoding, and content distribution across multiple DE&E Technology networks (linear, digital, and streaming platforms)
• Take lead role on projects to modernize our legacy media production infrastructure systems to make way for advancements such as SMPTE ST 2110, 4K, UHD HDR, JPEGxs, NDI, ProRes Raw, H.265, AV1, including multi resolution support across broadcast facilities (720p/1080/4K/UHD/HDR), metadata conversion, audio mapping, system outages, microservices architecture tunning and related technical problems.
• Take lead role and coordinate the construction of facilities, upgrades and the installation of equipment including core routing, intercom, playout, distribution systems, non-linear edit systems, graphics, video servers, storage solutions, file acquisition, file transcode, file transfer, media asset management and automation systems. Collaborate closely with installation engineers, equipment manufacturers, vendors, technical operations staff, and others involved in the projects.
• Collaborate closely with DE&ET and operations' management to assess facility needs. Develops project plans, schedules, and capital planning, forecasting and estimations. Collaborates closely with equipment manufacturers and vendors to understand the range of equipment that might be relevant to support broadcasting facilities and operations.

Minimum Qualifications:
• 5+ years broadcast engineering experience.
• BS in Engineering or Computer Science or a minimum of 5 years' experience in broadcast facilities design and documentation.
• Strong understanding of baseband/IP video, audio and digital compression, transport systems, audio/video encoding/transcoding techniques and formats. Knowledge of file transfer acceleration technologies and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications
• Proficiency in AutoCAD
• Working knowledge of DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP, HTTP, UDP, SSL, and SNMP.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Perl, Python, Ruby, Shell, C or C++.
• Familiar with SMPTE standards for broadcast television and video production/streaming environments with a current certification such as not limited to ST 292M, ST 424M, ST 2110, ST 2059, IEE1588, ST 2022-7, SCTE-104, etc.
• Knowledge and experience with on-prem and cloud-based storage and compute infrastructure platforms and current technological offerings. File-based workflows like enterprise Media Asset Management systems (Cloud-based Cloud Compute or Local Network-based) including storage, compute, encode and distribution.
• Knowledge and experience with compression techniques such as MPEG2/4, HEVC, JPEG 2000, and JPEG XS.

Knowledge and experience with major media systems and the vendors that supply them in areas such as signal routing infrastructure, intercom, playout, asset management systems, file-based workflows, media acquisition, transcoding/encoding, graphics, and NAS/SAN technologies.

About Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney's two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rn12ok-34-239-170-244-42 in your application.

Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company Media Networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, publishing, domestic television stations, digital businesses and radio networks and stations.