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Director of Core Pipeline Software

Description

Overview

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) is a leader in live entertainment experiences.  The Company presents or hosts a broad array of events in its diverse collection of venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; and The Chicago Theatre.  MSG Entertainment is also building a new state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas, MSG Sphere at The Venetian, and has announced plans to build a second MSG Sphere in London, pending necessary approvals. In addition, the Company features the original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces the Boston Calling Music Festival.  Also under the MSG Entertainment umbrella is Tao Group Hospitality, with entertainment dining and nightlife brands including Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Cathédrale. More information is available at www.msgentertainment.com.  

MSG Ventures was created to advance MSG’s goals of creating the “venue of the future,” along with immersive experiences that revolutionize the way fans, artists, and events engage and connect – both in and out of the venue. Ventures will explore and create technologies that redefine the limits of connectivity, video and acoustics, and content distribution, with the ultimate goal of creating immersive experiences that take place before, during and after an event. MSG Ventures will strategically invest in and partner with companies and institutions developing next-generation technologies that redefine the live entertainment experience.

Role Summary

MSG is looking for a Director of Core Pipeline Software to join a groundbreaking post-production department based in Los Angeles. As the content delivery team for the MSG Sphere projects, we strive to create world-class content at an unprecedented scale on the largest LED screens ever made.

The Director works in close coordination with Production Innovation leads, technicians, and IT to identify their needs and to create tools to automate and optimize their workflows. Candidates must have a demonstrated user-centric approach to tool development, with experience working on content creation pipelines for large scale animation or VFX facilities.

The Core Pipeline Software team is tasked with creating and maintaining tools to automate ingest, transcode, plate breakout, VFX asset creation and tracking, rendering, audio processes, color pipeline, review, QC, and final delivery. In addition to the LA office there will be a requirement to expand tools to other MSG locations as well as integrating with third party pipelines and cloud rendering and processing facilities. Candidates must have demonstrated experience integrating all of the above with task and asset tracking tools such as Shotgun.

The resolution, field of view, and sheer scale of the Sphere venues means that the optimization and automation of content creation is a critical role for this Los Angeles facility. The Director of Core Pipeline Software must be able to lead a team that can work quickly and efficiently, prioritize appropriately, and build tools that can be iterated upon and scaled quickly.

Specific Functions/Activities Summary

  • Lead the specification and development of software tools to automate tasks for I/O, edit, VFX, color, sound, and QC. 
  • Work in direct collaboration with end-users and stakeholders to determine solutions that scale and address problems in a user-friendly manner. 
  • Perform regular code reviews with pipeline developers to assure adherence to industry-standard conventions for coding and documentation. 
  • Balance the prioritization between short term solutions and long-term pipeline infrastructure. 
  • Communicate effectively with all departments to collect and integrate feedback into tool development. 
  • Generate regular status reports, project proposals, and other executive overviews on pipeline status and future improvements. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of ten years writing pipeline tools for a major VFX or animation facility. 
  • Expert user of Python, C++ and other common languages, and Linux, with a demonstrated familiarity with tool development and integration for Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Deadline (or similar render manager), and Shotgun as a must. 
  • Experience with Resolve, Fusion, C4D, Mistika, Docker/VMs, rendering on AWS or another cloud service, and Windows not required but heavily preferred. 
  • Detail oriented with excellent communication and documentation skills. 
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, take criticism, and work under high pressure with tight deadlines while maintaining team cohesion. 

Education

Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

EEO Statement

At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.