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Director, Talent Production

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Job ID 647140BR Job Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Category ESPN
Job Summary:
Develop and execute strategy for booking priorities and determining talent producer assignments. Oversee all aspects of guest booking and producing for all ESPN platforms. Prioritize requests and drive guest booking across ESPN platforms in-house and on location to maximize resources, avoid duplication and provide the highest quality content. Manage, train and develop senior talent producers, talent producers and associate talent producers, including conducting annual performance evaluations.

Responsibilities:

  • Ability to successfully develop and execute strategic plans.
  • Develop guidelines to ensure consistency and protocols for screening and booking guests.
  • Ensure talent producers are focusing on the content the guests can provide for platforms by providing context, questions, and available video support.
  • Work with peers across all platforms to create streamlined communication to all outside guests.
  • Strategically forecast and anticipate needs for guests based on upcoming seasons and numerous relevancy.
  • Lead regular planning meetings and conference calls with talent producers across all ESPN offices.
  • Provide consistent, clear and concise feedback to all talent producers.
  • Develop senior level talent producers into potential managers of associate talent producers.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with SIDs, athletes, and PR professionals to help ensure the best cooperation possible with booking guests.
  • Maintain extensive data on athletes, coaches, managers, team executives and celebrities, and their agents and contact information.
  • Participate in daily editorial meetings to suggest story ideas and guest possibilities for all shows.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings with CPs, Producers to brainstorm story ideas, guest possibilities and solicit feedback.
  • Establish talent producer involvement in all meetings, discussing all location productions to ensure communication and sharing of information across platforms.
  • Develop systems that provide all ESPN entities with knowledge of guest opportunities.
  • Continue to book daily shows as well as long-term projects.Create and maintain systems that will assist CPs and Producers where necessary to book us when talent producer is not immediately

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ability to develop and execute strategic initiatives.
  • Outstanding leadership, communication, and time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain existing relationships and cultivate new ones.
  • Deep knowledge of sports, sports culture, and sports/entertainment personalities.
  • Familiarity with the overall media industry.
  • Guest/talent booking experience.
  • Ability to lead effectively and produce results in an atmosphere subject to frequent changes.
  • Ability to prepare and submit story ideas/guest segments.
  • Ability to react quickly and positively under a wide variety of sensitive, ambiguous, and changing production situations.
  • Strong computer, search engine, internet search skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in the broadcast industry and 2 years of management experience
  • Experience as an ESPN Talent Producer

Required Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education

  • College Degree (in communications, journalism or related field preferred).​
About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call ESPN.

ESPN Productions, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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