Animator I


Posted February 03 / Bristol, Connecticut / Full time / On Site

The Animator I role at ESPN is responsible for working with existing animation templates and developing skills to create increasingly complex customized animations. 

Individuals need to work well within a team but also have the skills to be successful when working independently. 

This is a hands-on position requiring a good working knowledge of After Effects, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Illustrator, and preferably some familiarity with 3D concepts and software.


  • Utilize existing animation files and elements to create content for ESPN programming
  • Translate assignment details and creative direction into visually compelling solutions
  • Progressively advance skills in developing customized animations
  • Excellent collaboration skills, receptive to feedback and revision requests
  • Able to prioritize multiple assignments and transition between projects easily
  • Strong attention to detail, timelines, delivery specifications and established project workflows
  • Expected to develop skills to engineer animation projects for efficient versioning, rendering and archiving
  • Possess strong individual and team communication skills

Basic Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of After Effects, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Foundational understanding of composition, motion theory, animation and design principles
  • Strong attention to detail, timelines, delivery specifications and established project workflows
  • Good overall attitude, receptive to creative & critical feedback, able to smoothly adapt to assignment specifics
  • Able to thrive within a fast-paced team environment and be confident when working independently
  • Strong organization, communication and collaboration skills
  • Motivated to proactively learn new software
  • Applicants must provide a link to their online portfolio/demo reel
  • Able to work flexible hours and onsite as business needs require
  • Position is onsite in Bristol, Connecticut

Preferred Requirements:

  • After Effects scripting experience
  • Cinema 4D or similar 3D application experience & an interest in advancing your 3D skillset
  • Experience working with clients and creating content within established brand guidelines
  • Prior sports design and/or animation experience in college or comparable work experience
  • Interest in sports and familiarity with ESPN programming

Basic Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:

  • Degree in animation, motion graphics, graphic design, fine arts or related discipline (or comparable work experience)