Freelance OverDrive Specialist at Major League Baseball

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Position Summary: MLB Network seeks an OverDrive Specialist with a comprehensive understanding of television programming and a strong working knowledge of control room automation software, production switchers, cameras, monitors, audio consoles, and associated tools. The candidate must have excellent technical and communication skills. 


  • Direct (call), switch video, and mix audio for live on-air programming and live to-tape shows on the Ross OverDrive control room automation system.
  • Code show rundowns in ENPS.
  • Direct technical aspects of various productions, checking and switching between video sources or multi-camera remotes, and taking responsibility for the on-air product.
  • Set-up and control multiple broadcast devices via OverDrive, including, but not limited to robotic cameras, graphics engines, teleprompters, phoners, routers, and audio consoles.
  • Test equipment prior to production in order to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies.
  • Submit post-show operational and technical summary reports, specifically citing issues which need to be addressed in short order.
  • Assign tasks to workers engaged in technical operation and production of broadcast and streaming programs.
  • Coordinate show execution with graphics, camera, audio, video, and teleprompter operators among other roles during the production.
  • Follow Overdrive operation SOP’s. Assist in the creation/testing of SOP’s as required. 
  • Other such duties as required.

It is expected that the OverDrive Specialist will maintain and increase knowledge in the Operations discipline as well as the business on an ongoing basis. 

Skills & Experience:  The ideal candidate must have most if not all of the following skills and experiences:

  • A minimum of 3+ years’ live television production experience is preferred.
  • Overdrive operation experience is required.
  • Significant knowledge of television production, advertising, or similar media delivery.
  • Experience running a television production switcher or control room automation system.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at remote locations including the MLB Office of the Commissioner, MLB Advanced Media, and the MLB Ballpark Camera Operation.
  • Must be extremely organized, demonstrate initiative and an ability to complete multiple assignments in a timely manner.
  • Must work well in a dynamic environment and be able to recommend and implement process improvements, work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrate the tact, diplomacy, decisiveness, and superior people skills required in a pressurized live television environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Possess the visual acuity to work for extended periods of time to produce required content.
  • Possess auditory acuity to effectively listen to instructions via Riedel system, phones, etc.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Possess the manual dexterity to effectively operate keyboard/mouse on computers, edit equipment, etc.
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.

Education: Bachelor’s degree is required.

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We know that our employees' performance is directly related the environment that they're in. That's why at MLB, we provide exceptional Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage - premiums 100 percent employer covered - so you can focus on being your best.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Vision plan has only a $10 co-pay for annual eye exams and maximum out of pocket cost of $25 for glasses and/or contact lens.
Health Insurance Benefits
Health insurance policy covers 100% of premiums, with no deductible and minimum co-pays when in-network.
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 3 times an employee's annual salary. Premiums 100% employer covered.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Automatic annual employer contribution to 401(k)!
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
We often sponsor family oriented events!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
We typically host company outings Quarterly.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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Cross functional training encouraged
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Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Career mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend
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