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HBO Director of Production Research and Development

Job Title
HBO Director of Production Research and Development Time Warner
HBO Industry Cable/Broadcast Television Networks
Film Production and Distribution
Television Program Production and Distribution
Area of
Technology/Information Technology Location United States - New York - New York Requisition # 162371BR Position
Full Time Posting Job Description


The Director of Production Research and Development is responsible for the technical development and strategic guidance of digital media production from digital acquisition through digital presentation and exhibition, with particular focus on next generation techniques and workflows. This position communicates and collaborates with client and operational departments, is an advocate for HBO in vendor relationships, represents HBO’s present and future interests in standards bodies, and mentors other members of the Digital Production Services team.
This position requires strong organizational and communication skills, a solid understanding of software development practices, and excellent leadership skills. You will be expected to plan, organize, and self-direct projects. 


  • Research and develop new techniques and technologies that improve the state of the art in media production.

  • Lead discussions on future production technologies and methodologies. Articulate the pros and cons of various production toolsets.

  • Test and evaluate next generation technologies and processes to assist technical leadership in making informed decisions.

  • Provide strategic guidance of digital media production tools, techniques and architecture for a variety of production and postproduction environments.

  • Communicate and collaborate with peers, vendors and internal departments on technology strategies.

  • Development of technical specifications for media acquisitions, deliverables, archives, interchange formats, viewing environments.

  • Participate in industry committees and standards bodies in an effort to further HBO agendas.

  • Lead the development of frameworks and processes to enable rendering, manipulation, and creation of media for current and next generation display technologies.

  • Partner with department personnel to make improvements and efficiencies in their media workflows.

  • Provide technical design input on hardware, software, storage, and network for both current and future production systems.

  • Interact with Operations and Engineering management teams to provide appropriate technical guidance on solutions.

  • Mentor and expand technical skills across the department.


  • B.S., preferably M.S. in Computer Science or related technical field

  • Minimum 15 years in professional environment, 3 years in a leadership function

  • 10+ years developing, supporting, implementing production tools or application software

  • Strong foundation in programming fundamentals such as data structures and algorithms

  • Expert knowledge of industry standards such as SMPTE, NABA and ACES

  • A deep understanding of image processing and analysis, and color management

  • A strong background in, and experience with, 2D and 3D production software

  • Strong problem solving skills with high attention to detail and quality

  • Proven ability to work with product management, architecture, and senior leadership

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with technical and non-technical cross-functional teams

About Us It's HBOSM

America's most successful premium television company, Home Box Office delivers two 24-hour pay television services—HBO®and Cinemax®. HBO continues to take advantage of the latest technological innovations with advancements that include the availability of HBO programming online though HBO GOSM and MAX GOSM, as well as HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® in HD. Just as HBO is a company noted for its commitment to excellence in the products and services it delivers to consumers, it makes the extra effort to create a work environment in which fairness, equity, trust, and individual responsibility are valued. HBO is committed to retaining and recruiting skilled and motivated employees, placing a priority on qualified team players who contribute to the diversity of their workforce. HBO offers competitive benefits to include medical, dental, vision, a matched 401(k) plan, flexible spending, a commuter benefit program and tuition reimbursement.

HBO is an equal employment opportunity employer. HBO does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. HBO also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.