Footage Research Specialist

Position Summary

The Role
The Research Specialist works with and supports the Account Management team to identify content appropriate to a particular request. This position is responsible for gathering the relevant documentation to support the selected content, and uploading to ftp,, hard drive, Media Shuttle or any other form of delivery required by client. The Research Specialist may be called upon to coordinate and communicate directly with clients where appropriate and where requested by the Account Manager. Clients shall include internal divisions at Discovery, commissioned production and co-production partners, and fully external clients not associated with DCI. Client types may include entertainment producers, editorial publishers, ad agencies, or producers of content for other platforms such as games, mobile, etc.


1. 10%- communicate effectively with Account Managers regarding research parameters
2. 70%- Utilize all Discovery databases available to locate appropriate material which meets customer’s requirements of content and format
3. 20 %- Create physical or virtual screeners for client review on or before client deadline



A keen eye for shot action, composition, style, and lighting
In-depth institutional knowledge of Discovery archive
Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects for multiple Account Managers, whose styles may vary
Familiarity with various documentary, commercial and educational visual styles of production in order to make effective visual selections for a variety of clients.
A can-do customer service attitude and an ability to go the extra mile when necessary.
Must have the legal right to work in the United States
1-2 years of experience in television/video/film production
Degree in media or related field is desired

* Must have legal right to work in the United States

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As the world's #1 nonfiction media company, Discovery Communications fosters exploration and curiosity through its high quality television and online content, reaching more than 2 billion subscribers in over 220 countries and territories around the world. Comprised of more than 160 global television networks, Discovery counts brands like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and OWN in its family, and it strives to be a leading worldwide provider of educational tools and digital media services.

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