The Big Ten Network is searching for Live Event, Sports Director - MICR to join their team in Chicago. The incumbent will direct productions originating from our MICR studios. Responsibilities include overall direction of camera crew, TD, graphics, FOXBOX, tape, video, audio and show engineers. Additionally, the Director will command the overall pace and packaging of sports shows originating from the MICR studios and ensures the productions crews stay on schedule/task. Knowledge of all of the Big Ten sports is imperative and communication with the producer, Tech Manager and arena personnel prior to game day is required.
Work with Producer, Operation Manager, Tech Manager and CP leading up to game to help manage the technical and operational end of each show
As needed, do site surveys at venues to map out camera placement, cable runs, talent location, etc.
Create camera sheets for game operators and other production staff with headshots, numbers and coach information so operators can quickly identify people in-game
Communicate with Producer, CP and Remote Operations to layout realistic production schedule for each broadcast
Communicate with operation and tech managers to outline expectations for each broadcast - Download necessary information for tech books for each show
Work with MICR production crew on LIVE broadcasts
Provide comprehensive guidance, direction & cues for MICR crew on every show
Collaborate with graphic department, AP, VIZ operator to create graphic elements for each game
Keep MICR crew on-schedule for each production
Help troubleshoot any technical issues and find solutions as these arise
Communicate with A1 regarding all audio elements required for each game (music, interviews, locker room access, etc)
Work with Engineering
Working with the Director of Engineering, Assistant Chief Engineer, and Senior Remote Engineer, as they are responsible for the maintenance of all MICR equipment
Let them know about issues as they occur and also help with scheduling should maintenance be required
Stay current in the industry - watch other sports broadcasts and read social media or related sports blogs to stay current on happenings in the Big Ten Conference and beyond
Bachelor’s degree required - preferably in Communications, Broadcast or a related field
At least 2 years of sports directing experience required
Passion for sports is a must
Must have leadership experience and ability to work with different personalities
Must have great organizational skills due to the number of productions & layout of show formats
Excellent knowledge of the Big Ten conferences and each of the sports covered
Good people management and coordination skills
Must be creative and able to think outside the box - Broadcasts should not be “cookie-cutter”
Must have excellent communication skills
Good intuition to make crucial judgment calls
Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment
Self motivated and able to have conversations with multiple levels of personnel
Must be computer literate in MS Word & MS Excel
A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 1,500 events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go is the digital extension of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio shows; and classic games. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is in more than 60 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. For additional information, go to www.btn.com.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.