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Warner Bros. Content Technology & Operations seeks a Director, Preservation Services for the Global Media Archives & Preservation Services department. This position leads the Preservation and Policy team to ensure the company’s assets are protected and preserved for future generations and enable WB to monetize its Intellectual Property in perpetuity. This position is responsible for overseeing all content preservation policy decisions including source asset selection and technical processes to be utilized. In addition, the position is responsible for budgeting, research, purchase order creation and quality control of selected titles for preservation. This role will interact with vendors to ensure timely delivery and acceptable quality levels are achieved. The role must possess technical expertise related to both film original and born digital assets with the overriding goal of driving the studio’s content preservation strategy for generations to come. The required knowledge also includes expert knowledge of the numerous audio formats (both present and historical), still photography, and other paper asset types.
In addition, this role also has oversite of the companies Archival Policy and Procedures across all assets in the WB library. Develops, documents and designs new workflows and SOP’s to manage the supply chain of archival assets into the appropriate vaults. Implement Continuous Improvement programs for archive operations workflows and best practices. Standardizes and enforces compliance across all applicable workflows and with external and internal participants.
Supply long term vision to protect all at-risk assets including title and asset selection for preservation. Includes monitoring the Archive Health Report and establishing title lists for preservation prioritization.
Work closely with vendors set quality and timeliness expectations, evaluate and monitor service level offerings and manage capacity bandwidth in support of overall WB preservation needs. Performs visual review of newly created moving image assets, listening to audio assets and viewing still/paper images in the MAM.
Consult with WB Sales to determine where title selection assists new sales initiatives.
Enforce the WB Archive Policy and Procedures through monitoring and continual education with all relevant parties.
Provide oversight support to current inventory projects by 3rd party vendors. (Conductor Sheet Music, Stills Project, etc)
Provide leadership and direction to WB representative to Nitrate Archives worldwide.
College degree required.
Graduate of Film School or similar program required.
10+ years in Film Preservation activities required.
5+ years Digital Preservation activities required.
Experience in developing processes related to content preservation, including new technologies and related research and development.
Experience in managing multiple vendors and establishing consistent qualitative results across those vendors.
Experience in participating in industry-wide forums (e.g. AMPAS) and developing. relationships with counterparts at other studios.
Experience in handling large long-term projects.
Experience in managing multimillion-dollar budgets.
Requires extensive knowledge of historical asset types dating back from the early 1900’s, including different film stock types (e.g. nitrate, 2-color/3-color process), videotape, audio formats, optical soundtrack negatives (e.g. VA, VD), Vitaphone discs, and digital media assets (e.g. LTO, DA88, DAT).
Deep knowledge of digital film scanners, with understanding of appropriate scanning process based on film type.
Knowledge of film printing processes related to printed magazines and books (e.g. comic books) preferred.
Knowledge of video game builds, visual effects, and related assets required for preservation and future re-use preferred.
Knowledge of film negative cutting requirements and handling instructions preferred.
Ability to utilize excel, business objects and PowerPoint is required.
Library management skills are required.
Experience with inventory management systems (e.g. Xytech) for research, selection, and ordering of elements.
Experience in new preservation policy approaches and technology development (e.g. DNA storage).
Corporate business understanding of preservation priorities.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience in managing quality expectations & issue resolution with vendors.
Able to pay close attention to detail and be responsible for accuracy of their work.
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