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Production Assistant

The Content Associate Program is a premiere program to identify and develop the next generation of Production leaders at ESPN. It’s our entry-level program intended to grow participants’ production skills and knowledge and provide them with a foundation to progress throughout the organization. The program is intended to provide a clear career path, defined performance expectations and structured learning and development opportunities for ESPN’s future leaders.

ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.

ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company’s mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.

Responsibilities  

– Supports Coordinating Producers, Producers, Highlight Producers and Associate Producers with the production of live or taped studio shows and/or remote events
– Screens games and selects shots for highlights
– Creates shot sheets for assigned highlights Screens, logs, transcribes and clips footage for events; organizes head shot and melt reels
– Cuts show elements, such as video b-roll, highlights, teases selects materials for bumps and roll-outs
– Operates studio teleprompter system
– Perform crew functions as needed during productions and assist in location productions
– Provides timely, accurate and complete delivery of multimedia elements and publishes to various platforms
– Coordinate graphics for assigned studio telecasts or remote events
– Develops relationships with our various international networks to obtain material to support show needs; leverages US-based and international libraries and highlight-gathering operation to support international show needs
– Screens videotapes and/or servers and conducts research in the media asset management system to obtain material for the preparation of production elements
– Logs and archives video and associated data for future use
– Ensures suitability of footage for ESPN Authenticated Networks in real time
– Maintains updated production manuals and element reels; assists in preparation for events, including shipping materials
– Researches, writes and disseminates ideas for future content elements on ESPN platforms
– May be called upon to run social media accounts for ESPN shows and properties
– Accountable for strict adherence to established Production department procedures

Basic Qualifications  

– Elite knowledge of all major sports, both collegiate and professional; including current athletes, rules and events
– Must possess demonstrated communication and organization skills, and ability to react quickly and positively under a wide variety of production situations
– High level of familiarity with ESPN programming, platforms and studio shows
– Demonstrated leadership experience in a professional role, organization or activity

Preferred Qualifications  

– Experience in sports media, preferably in television production, or involvement with collegiate TV station
– Historical knowledge of US sports
– Familiarity with processes and procedures of a television production department
– Familiarity with server-based media and/or non-linear editing equipment
– Familiarity with the sports media landscape, including knowledge of business trends and technologies
– Some positions will require fluency in Spanish or Portuguese and knowledge of multiple cultures and/or historical expertise in specific sports such as soccer, rugby, or cricket.

Preferred Education

– College Degree or equivalent

Required Education  

– High School Diploma or equivalent

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