Playback Operator

Employer Provided Salary: 118,000-145,000 Annually
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Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) is a leader in live entertainment, delivering unforgettable experiences while forging deep connections with diverse and passionate audiences. The Company’s portfolio includes a collection of world-renowned venues – New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and Beacon Theatre; and The Chicago Theatre – that showcase a broad array of sporting events, concerts, family shows, and special events for millions of guests annually. In addition, the Company features the original production, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, which has been a holiday tradition for 90 years. More information is available at 

Who are we hiring?

The Playback Operator role will be joining the growing Sphere team of Sphere Studios based in Burbank, California. This role will provide daily media server programming and operating across multiple technical assets in Sphere Studios with the purpose of programming, operating and managing content for various studio projects. The candidate will work to collaborate with Sphere Vegas on best practices and successful show delivery.

What will you do? 

  • Coordinate media preparation and loading of files for our 16k LED display
  • Program and Operate playback sessions for internal and external vendors
  • Learn various hardware and software to support Sphere Studio’s high-performance needs
  • Work with studio departments to optimize the daily workflow of playback hardware and software
  • Provide playback services on high profile reviews with executives, creatives, internal and external
  • Apply critical thinking and new learnings towards the betterment of Sphere Studios
  • Other duties as assigned
  • This is a 100% onsite role, with limited potential for remote work
  • Must be flexible with work hours; this role performs on “Production Time” with the potential for hours taking place outside of the traditional 9-5, including nights, weekend, and holidays.

What do you need to succeed? 

  • Degree in engineering, theatre design, or interactive arts, or equivalent work experience
  • Previous experience as a disguise Media Sever programmer or similar role
  • Live Production or Studio Playback experience
  • Experience with large format multi-processor systems is preferred
  • Experience with Media Servers such as disguise, 7th Sense, Pixera, Hippo, or Resolume is a must
  • Experience with Notch, Unreal, Touch Designer or Unity is a bonus
  • Experience with LED Screens and processing systems
  • Show Control Programming experience is encouraged
  • Experience working with large file formats and media management
  • Experience and working knowledge of codecs and image sequences such as NotchLC, DPX, HAP
  • Knowledge of video routing systems, broadcast solutions, and AV IT networking
  • A confident, professional, and persuasive communication style with senior leaders and team members
  • A passion for creative problem-solving and strategic thinking
  • Ability to remain flexible and calm in high-pressure situations.


Pay Range

$118,000$145,000 USD

At MSG, we recognize the importance of upskilling employees’ talents and strengths so they can drive their careers forward. We are proud to offer a robust set of tools and resources to help employees understand their interests and purpose, harness their talents and obtain the skills they need to reach the next step in their careers. Growth and longevity for our employees are top priorities here.

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 mandates, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations and will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required.

More Information on Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. operates in the News + Entertainment industry. The company is located in New York, New York. It has 1651 total employees. To see all 21 open jobs at Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., click here.
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