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    Executive Producer, Broadcast Operations - Churchill Downs Racetrack (Louisville, KY)



    The Executive Producer, Broadcast Operations will oversee the simulcast and in-venue video board production teams for Churchill Downs Racetrack & The Kentucky Derby.  This role is responsible for delivering a reliable and high-quality live broadcast and in-venue experience to fans both at the racetrack and across the country.


    Essential Duties

    Include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Produce simulcast broadcast of live racing & related data displays for nationwide wagering:

      • Set editorial vision for program content

      • Oversee crew selection & scheduling

      • Manage vendor and talent contracts & relationships

      • Ensure compliance with Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulations

    • Produce fan engaging live in-venue video board show:

      • Set editorial vision for program content

      • Oversee content development & production via vendor agency

      • Coordinate and manage execution of internal department needs including: racing, wagering, sponsorship, group sales, marketing & communications

    • Manage distribution of on-site and 3rd party video & audio signals within facility

      • Develop & execute strategy for both proactive and reactive troubleshooting and maintenance

      • Design policies & procedures in partnership with Facility Operations to address guest experience issues

    • Coordinate with and support 3rd party media outlets broadcasting on site

      • Manage fulfillment of internal and 3rd party requests for video assets

    • Oversee production of video content to support marketing & other internal initiatives

      • Coordinate in-house and freelance producers, videographers & editors

      • Produce live stream broadcasts of key events & press conferences

    • Lead broadcast infrastructure capital planning & business case development

      • Work with project management & broadcast engineering to ensure successful project execution

    • Manage video production & broadcast operations budget



    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • 2 full time employees including Director of Broadcast Engineering & Production Operations Manager

    • 2-5 contract employees including in-venue video board producer/TD, video content producers, track announcer and on-air racing analyst

    • 10+ seasonal production staff


    Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities

    • 7+ years professional experience managing live event broadcast production

    • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university.

    • Candidates will be required to provide samples of work during the interview process.

    Required Qualifications

    • Experience managing a live-event broadcast & video production team

      • Understanding of the technical requirements of a broadcast operation & ability to clearly communicate technical details to upper management

      • Extensive budget management & scheduling experience

      • Experience with capital planning & capital infrastructure project execution

      • Experience working with national media broadcast partners

    • Vision for what drives live viewer experience & engagement

    • Vision for how to achieve technical quality & efficiency

    • Proven ability to collaborate with & lead a cross functional team

    • Skilled in working inter-departmentally to support other’s needs for production services

    • Highly detail oriented, self-motivated, able to multi-task and work independently with above-average organizational skills

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience working in the Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry

    Working Conditions

    Weekend and evening work required during live racing meets.  Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Must be able to maneuver around the racetrack and withstand hot/cold conditions.

    Churchill Downs encourages diversity in the workforce.

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