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Sr. Managing Producer

Job ID 10093928 Location Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Business ESPN Date posted Jul. 09, 2024
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Job Summary:

Departmental Summary: The School Control Room team was formed in 2014 to support the launch of the SEC Network and the SEC’s 14 member institutions. Today, the team has grown to partner with over 50 school production teams across multiple major NCAA conferences to support over 1,000 linear events produced from school production facilities. The School Control Room team collaborates with many internal departments at ESPN, such as Programming, Operations, and individual Sport Production teams, as well as providing feedback and assistance directly to our school partners.

Position Summary:

The ESPN School Control Room – The Sr. Managing Producer will play a key support role in the development and development strategy of their assigned conference partners. They will support the executive SCR leadership team in upholding content quality, talent development, and scheduling of sports and events in the SCR space. They will play a key role in planning and developing the SCR teams to maximize linear and digital productions out of those facilities. The Managing Producer will help execute the overall development strategy of the executive leadership team on their assigned conference. 


  • Reports directly to the Coordinating Producer of the “School Production project.”
  • Develop and implement plans for increased use of university production facilities in order to support an efficient business model on the linear and digital networks.
  • Evaluate the logistical and technical needs of each university production facility and provide feedback to ESPN management on the growth and development at each school.
  • Act as a liaison between the SCR facilities and ESPN to help guide and develop new control room buildouts and updates that are consistent with ESPN linear standards.
  • Develop and grow production standards for digital and linear event productions at each school to create uniformity in quality across the network.
  • Determines the technical needs of each assigned sport/event; oversees and controls the flow of production assets for assigned sports productions
  • Implements new ideas/technology for assigned events and may determine the look and feel of assigned telecast
  • Set expectations for editorial content across university productions that will meet the needs of the network but will also cater to the strength of each schools facility and personnel.
  • Interfaces as required with leagues/teams/schools/coaches
  • Observe and provide on-site feedback to the individual production teams in an effort to improve their digital product in order to grow the scope of our linear productions.
  • Review productions and provide feedback to the production leads at the AAC, ACC, Big 12, and SEC schools on a regular basis.
  • Recruit, evaluate, and cultivate talent at the AAC, ACC, Big 12, and SEC schools to create depth on both the linear and digital broadcasts, and create a talent pipeline to ESPN.
  • Responsible for working with the Coordinating Producer to determine the budget for assigned events and projects.
  • Manages assigned production staff including Talent throughout the entire production (lead-up, on-site, post)
  • Will oversee other Directors and Producers, providing in the moment editorial direction of the telecast
  • Consistently Directs and/or Producers assigned sports telecasts independently.
  • Provides direct feedback on the performance of assigned production crews and Talent on a regular basis
  • Manages the development of concepts and content for assigned telecast to reach viewers and to increase ESPN’s market penetration, ratings, and viewership.
  • Uses mastery of sports knowledge and news judgment to determine the agenda, concepts and content of assigned remote telecasts


  • Typically has 7+ years of progressively complex related remote or related sports production experience.
  • Has experience working in school production facilities, or facilities with similar equipment and workflows.
  • Ability to create and produce compelling remote sports telecasts; generates and executes assigned remote productions, from concept to execution.
  • Has mastery of the sports production processes and the ability to produce assigned telecasts
  • Has knowledge of real-time sporting event production, graphics and video editing
  • Has and applies knowledge of what story ideas and concepts to use for assigned events
  • Has a strong appreciation of popular culture, e.g., “what’s cool” and assists with defining the tastes of ESPN’s viewers
  • Has an in-depth understanding of ESPN’s market positioning and strategies
  • Has an in-depth knowledge of sports and sports history and keeps current on changes and trends in the sports and television industry
  • Global understanding of live sports production execution, and the ability to impart that experience and wisdom on others in a positive and constructive way.
  • Knowledge and experience in school production facilities preferred.
  • Must be adaptable to changing work locations and facilities
  • Must have prior personnel management experience

Required Education:

  • High School Diploma

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Media, Journalism, or related fields.

Additional Information: (i.e. physical requirements, holiday, nights, weekend shifts, etc.

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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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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.

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