Production Assistant, Live
Assists primarily in Live Production work group, but may be shifted to work within Post Production or another work group on long or short assignments. Assists production staff in various broadcast activities, such as researching, editing, locating and gathering digital assets or other necesities, spoting horses or racing personnel, and other assisting activities as they arise. Utilizes computer and technical expertise in completing assignments for broadcast. Utilizes creativity and great writing skills to generate, contribute to and execute stories for production. Researches story segments and produces some show elements.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Takes direction from and works with producers and production staff on acquiring assets for broadband distribution
Researches and compiles background information or story segments with research staff or independently
Support producers, editors and talent from the creative process through to the completion of projects
Assists in preparation of editorial material
Maintains and manages all digital assets for quality, backup, catalog, and storage
Edits content for broadband specific distribution
May produce some story elements independently
Proficiently utilizes multiple broadcast formats, both digital and linear
Exhibits proficiency with networks and file transfer protocols
Exhibits proficiency in tapeless workflows
Exercises extreme attention to detail and excellent organizational skills exhibiting them in daily work
Utilizes excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
Utilizes multi-tasking and self-starting skills as appropriate, as well as taking direction from others and adjusting to constructive criticism
Exhibits strong organizational skills and mature attitude
Meets all deadlines assigned
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned on a long term or short term basis. May also take daily direction from: Shift Producer
INTERACTION WITH OTHERS
The employee must be able to follow company policies; receive directions from others; work effectively with co-workers in a constructive and positive manner; listen to and objectively consider ideas and suggestions for improvement; keep others informed of work progress, deadlines, or other pertinent issues; address problems constructively to find acceptable solutions; keep commitments; and always respect the diversity of the company’s workforce in actions, words and deeds. The employee must be able to function effectively in the fast paced, dynamic environment while maintaining integrity to the deadline-essential needs of the network.
To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1+ year(s) related experience required: in broadcast production, preferably live television
Education: Related Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BFA, BS) required: film, television, journalism or communications
Technical, Operational, Mechanical and other Skills and Abilities:
Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience
Strong grasp of standard broadcast operations
Experience in live television broadcasting
Final Cut Pro experience
Other: Expert level skills with Mac OS environment, as well as strong PC skills
Other: Experience with broadcast signal routers, DigiBeta machines and Omneon Servers
Other: Strong working knowledge of Adobe CS, Final Cut,Microsoft Office, AJA Cards, BRU, LTO tape formats, Retrospect, Cleaner, QuickTime, and FTP applications
Other: Experience with digital video encoding, QC and compression standards, as well as web based communicationsand storage technologies
Other: Fluent with computer scripting and setup for automated workflows
Other: Advanced experiencewith audio / video codecs and formats including SD and HD H.264 as well as frame rates and aspect ratio conversions
Language and Comprehension Skills:
The following requirements are not meant to imply that the company expects the employee to speak English only or English at all times.
Ability to read and interpret business documents and / or television formats; write professional communications and reports; effectively present information to employees, coworkers and viewers
Ability to take quick direction in a high-pressure environment; react effectively to information in stressful situations
Ability to understand and interpret sports jargon and commonly used horse racing terms
Ability to understand and interpret technical broadcasting terms
Ability to write interesting, entertaining and informative narrative in a creative and expressive manner; ability to apply journalistic skills
Ability to perform intermediate level mathematics such as computing time code calculations and wagering odds.
Ability to carryout detailed written and oral instructions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions.