Real-Time Graphics Developer II


Job Summary:
This position is responsible for the creation, development and deployment of designs, animations, and real-time graphics directories at an intermediate level of understanding and skill. The Real-Time Graphics Developer II works on directory maintenance and new graphic builds while collaborating with a team or independently, with little oversight. They communicate with supervisors, teammates and partners to help set expectations and ensure on-time delivery. They will adhere to department and project workflows and processes. They will provide error-free graphics and technical support. They will participate in and assist with training and onboarding programs. This is a creative role that requires the ability to innovate, learn quickly and collaborate with others under varying deadlines to maintain the quality of ESPN on-air product.


Primarily utilize Vizrt, Ross Xpression, or Unreal Engine in the process of graphics creation, development, and deployment of graphics for ESPN productions
Plan, build, maintain and update graphic directories with little oversight or while collaborating with a team of developers
Translate project details and creative direction into custom design, animation, and layout solutions
Provide  troubleshooting and support for event and/or studio directories
Utilize other graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After-Effects, Adobe Illustrator, and Cinema4D, to aid in the creation of designs and animations
Utilize and understand internal proprietary software and workflows
Learn about specialty business segments such as touchscreen, interactive, virtual studio, data visualization, augmented reality, etc.
Work closely with management and teammates on deliverables to manage expectations and ensure effective and on-time delivery
Research and answer technical questions with respect to design/animation techniques and workflows
Adhere to project-wide workflows, scripts and processes
Engage with hardware and/or software upgrades and new studio builds
Assist co-workers and help with on-boarding and training
Collaborate within the ESPN Creative Studio to contribute to long-term initiatives
Push creativity and software skills to higher levels, explore new technology, and communicate on all phases of a project to maintain the quality of ESPN’s on-air product
Participate in special assignments such as in-house/off-site training and technical support for packagers, remote freelancers, and vendors
Observe graphic format deviations and enforce ESPN graphic look
Prepare image files for programs
Contribute innovative ideas, pushing designs to the next level, and learn new software to enhance individual versatility in the department
Adhere to proper file management techniques to ensure efficient archiving and subsequent retrieval of projects
Recognize, report, and help troubleshoot equipment/software/work environment issues
Adhere to all administrative responsibilities, including time entry and daily reporting requirements
Maintain high standards of efficiency, consistency, accuracy, creativity and timely delivery of all requests
Track and report on value of contributions
Basic Requirements:

Minimum of 3 years of experience designing graphics or working in a live production setting
Intermediate knowledge of a real-time graphics platform such as Vizrt, Ross Xpression or Unreal Engine
Hands-on knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe After-Effects
Excellent understanding and regular use of effective type layout
Evident 2D animation skills
Experience working with graphics for live production or broadcast setting
Interest in or experience with broadcast and television production technologies
Ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
Aptitude and drive to learn and apply new concepts, techniques and software
In possession of communications skills, helping team leaders and management set expectations for on-time delivery and taking direction well
Drive to contribute new and innovative ideas
Ability to assist with new hardware, software and studio builds
Highly motivated, works well under pressure, effectively prioritizes assignments and changes direction easily
Keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and occasionally travel and work in a live-TV setting
Applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel
Preferred Requirements:

5 years of real-time experience at a major network or production company
Experience with live broadcast sport graphics experience encompassing event and/or studio workflows
Some knowledge and understanding of Vizrt and Trio software
Experience with or understanding of graphics playout in a live setting
Experience with 3D graphics, modeling and animation concepts with experience in Cinema4D, Maya, Unreal Engine or other 3D animation program
Strong ability to write and troubleshoot Viz Scripting (visual basic), C#, Javascript, C++ and/or other programming languages
Strong interest and knowledge of sports and sports culture
Must have reliable transportation to work
Required Education:

High School Diploma or equivalent
Preferred Education:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 
Additional Information:

This role requires the person to be in the office

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