Team Name:
Blizzard Video

Job Title:
Project Director, Blizzard Video (SFD / Cinematics)

Requisition ID:
R023344

Job Description:

A Project Director within Blizzard Video, which is part of the Story & Franchise Development (SFD) team, oversees the creative development and production of engaging video game trailers for Blizzard Entertainment game franchises, marketing teams, and other organizational departments. The project director is a leader, artist, strategist, and ambassador all in one.

As a Project Director, you will work with a team of capture artists, editors, motion graphics artists and producers to guide projects from discovery and strategic development, to production, post-production and delivery. You will act as an internal and external liaison, engaging with project stakeholders to identify objectives and generate strategic creative solutions to achieve our client’s goals. The Project Director works under the direction of the Creative Director and works towards the completion of day-to-day projects while also supporting the success of the department.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA.

This is a 6-month temporary position.

What You Bring to the Table

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Act as creative lead for assigned projects, partnering with managers, clients, directors, producers, film crews, editors, artists, and sound designers to produce a finished product of the highest quality.
  • Direct and contribute to the success of all manner of game trailers and video productions, including game capture, live action filming, development processes, events/conventions, b-roll and more.
  • Manage the creative relationship with outsource partners while directing external agencies and vendors.
  • Collaborate closely with film, editorial and game capture teams to craft compelling content that leverages the best practices and cutting-edge techniques unique to each discipline.
  • Independently develop custom creative pitches for incoming project requests.
  • Lead pitch meetings with confidence and clarity, applying tactful but effective salesmanship to communicate the efficacy and merit of each conceptual approach.
  • Maintain communication with all stakeholders and team members to ensure a project’s creative trajectory is consistent with the strategy and objectives outlined in the pitch and pivot when needed.
  • Foster teamwork and a hands-on, lead-by-example approach to the daily needs of production by rolling up your sleeves and getting into the trenches with members of your team when a project demands it.

Minimum Requirements

Experience

  • 5+ years of professional experience as a director, creative director, associate creative director or creative manager at a game company, advertising agency, or branded content production company.
  • Experience managing a range of creative positions in a content creation pipeline, with an emphasis on game capture artists, editors, motion graphics artists, production designers, and art directors.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in design, film, media, communications, a related field, or equivalent work experience.

Key Attributes

  • Masterful proficiency with computers and creative desktop publishing tools such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Impressive portfolio featuring a wealth of high-quality, high-impact strategically informed video content for a variety of well-known brands and disparate demographic audiences.

Extra Points

  • Gaming industry experience.
  • Game Capture, editorial and/or directorial experience.
  • Knowledge of the business side of the content-creation industry.
  • A passion for Blizzard games and franchises.
  • A passion for video games, animation, movies, graphic novels, comics, or books.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Online portfolio site or demo reel (with breakdowns)

Your Platform

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via Battle.net®, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world’s largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ – we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [redacted]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ – we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 – $179,900.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Tagged as: Communication, Content, Creative, IT, Marketing, motion graphics, Production, Relationship, Requisition, Salesmanship, Strategic Development, Teamwork, Trajectory

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