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Career Story: Director Of Program Distribution For A Sports Network

Director Of Program Distribution For A Sports Network

Job Title: Sr. Director

Type of Company: I work in the sports television business.

Education: BA, History

Previous Experience: I was a business analyst at a Fortune 500 company.

Job Tasks: I manage the distribution of our products to customers. Basically what my team does is insure that our networks are properly authorized at our customers businesses so that our fans get the programming they want. My team also insures that our programming goes to the right regions of the country so I have people on my team who spend a good portion of their days insuring that our database accurately reflects the geographic location of every customer. That way, we know where the Yankee game should be aired and where the St. Louis game should be aired. We also manage on-demand content, insuring that it gets to our customers. To do this well, we have to make sure to communicate to our customers what we are sending them and when. We also are responsible for pay-per-view programming. Besides insuring that customers are authorized to receive PPV programming we need to send schedules and content information to them in advance.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: the best part of the job is the challenge of an ever-changing business. Technology is moving so fast that we need to insure we can still manage our responsibilities on new types of technologies. The worst part of the job is the fast pace and around the clock hours. When you work in television it is not 9:00 to 5:00. We are on 24 hours a day and therefore my team is always on call in case something goes wrong.

Job Tips: My advice to any students entering the work world is don't feel so entitled. You have to work hard to be successful. It will not just be handed to you. Pay attention, learn to listen, your boss wants to look good and your job is to make your boss look good. Work through school. I don't hire anyone who has no job experience. It doesn't matter where you work but do work. Make sure your resume is neat...there is nothing worse than a sloppy resume.

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