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.
This candidate will direct and lead the production teams for high profile shows on The Weather Channel, delivering “network-level” on-air results.
This candidate will direct shows and must be able to direct and technical direct simultaneously. The candidate 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.
Candidate 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. The candidate 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
Direct and / or technical 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, including 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.
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.
Work with management to lead directing team and production crew development.
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 and TOC reports, any personnel or equipment issues to appropriate Manager and next shift team lead.
Education, Experience, Certification Requirements
3 – 5 years broadcast or Cable TV Production Experience preferred
Degree in Communications or Broadcasting related field preferred
Knowledge of Production Control Room and studio functions
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Desire to achieve, flexibility and willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done in a 24×7 environment
Must be a team player with a high level of accountability
A strong work ethic and highly motivated
Will be required to wear a headset and listen to multiple audio sources during on-air show production
Highly collaborative; ability to work well on a team; accustomed to partnering with business side to reach business goals
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
Excellent multi-tasking, time management and organizational skills, and demonstrated attention to detail
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
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work well with other people in a team-oriented environment
Will be required to sit in a chair from 2 – 4 hours at a time
Above average computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite apps, and ability to learn and utilize Google business apps
Demonstrated basic understanding of job responsibilities and operations for all Production Control Room team members (Audio, Vizrt, Orad, Robotics, Floor manager, etc.)
Ability to make smart decisions and adapt to changes, especially under fast paced, stressful conditions
Demonstrated can-do attitude to accomplish tasks
Must demonstrate strong technical knowledge of all traditional production control room and studio equipment with the ability to understand and troubleshoot equipment issues
As this position supports a 24×7 news/weather environment, candidates must have flexibility to work days, nights, overnights and weekends as needed and without advance notice
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
Must have excellent working knowledge of production/broadcast environment
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.
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.
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