Full Time Job

Director / Technical Director


Atlanta, GA 08-29-2023
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
The E.W. Scripps Company is hiring for a Director/Technical Director. They will Direct and Technical Direct live and taped shows or segments, as well as pre-production and post-production sessions from a production control room or post suite, delivering high production value, ''network-level'' on air results. Responsible for executing the vision of the producers, while contributing technical expertise and creativity.

• Lead the show's technical production crew including audio operators, graphics operators, utilities, field crews, etc.
• Assist with the establishment of best practices for production techniques to create high production value, ''network-level'' standards
• Review show rundowns prior to productions with Executive Producers, Producers, Talent, and Production Tech team communicating rundown changes, show needs, script changes, crew performance expectations, etc.
• Block studio camera shots to meet the demands of the show, demonstrating a progressive approach via the blocking to add value to on air results
• 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
• Identify and critique high production value, ''network-level'' lighting and sound design
• Operate preset cues from the lighting board
• Operate iNEWS (or comparable) system – accessing and marking rundowns, scripts, and communicating changes to production team
• Provide pre and post-show performance feedback and critiques as needed.
• Give time cues as required to Talent & production team
• Report show outcome to Dir Show Report after every show
• Report equipment problems and discrepancies to Manager
• Oversee creative and directorial production of CTV, specifically the high profile shows
• 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
• Report, via written shift notes, any personnel or equipment issues to appropriate Manager and next shift team lead

• Bachelor's degree in broadcasting, engineering, technology, or other technical science desired
• 8 years experience working in a major television production studio as a director or technical director

• Technical knowledge of production video, audio, comms, and record/playback are required.
• Possess a thorough understanding of staging, basic facility operations, safety, and basic signal transmission
• Excellent communication skills, as well as attention to detail
• Ability to work collaboratively with a highly technical team in determining show and production performance
• Ability to determine operational configurations of all studio technical systems and solve complex issues during production

• Will be required to sit in a chair from 2–6 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 2-6 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 - 6 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 crew members

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gqe3wx-44-200-101-84-42 in your application.

Company Profile

The E.W. Scripps Company is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As one of the nation’s largest local TV broadcasters, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets.