My role as a technical supervisor combines my operational engineering skills with my knowledge of studio technical operations. As the senior technical person in a gallery or related area, I work with other craft teams and their supervisors whilst heading up the whole technical crew to the production client.
My own craft specialism is studio vision engineering and vision control. I configure technical equipment and content paths in studios, galleries, plus other technical areas to the requirements of any programme I am assigned to.
The role sits across any practical divide between technical operations and engineering and we are the people best placed to provide a first-line engineering response in support of any technical operations or production staff having technical problems. We will also involve specialist second and third line support teams where necessary.
The majority of programmes that our team work on are made by our Sky Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports News clients but there are opportunities to work on entertainment shows produced by both internal Sky and external production companies. My personal favourites are those made in the Sky News Westminster Studio, but I held a key role in ‘The Big Spell’ children’s entertainment series as well as Sky Sports 25th anniversary review.
The best part of working here is that all my colleagues and clients across the board are great people to work with. In our own team we have a strong culture of supporting each other as well as training and developing our staff.
People most suited to the Technical Supervisor role are team workers who appreciate television production drivers and imperatives whilst working with and understanding broadcast technology. They will also be approachable individuals who have brought a ‘can-do’ mindset to their time spent in and/or supporting technical teams making programmes.