We’re Hiring a Digital Coordinating Producer!

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GBH enriches people’s lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

GBH Children’s Media is an international leader in creating compelling educational and engaging media for a wide variety of audiences. The group develops content for all major platforms and, please note, this position is focused on digital games development. The department’s work in digital reaches a huge online and mobile audience, in and out of homes and classrooms. This vibrant digital work for kids keeps public media relevant in the 21st century and the collaborative, team-based approach to creating these products makes GBH a dynamic, friendly and exciting place to work. The team also partners with learning scientists to build the research base for understanding early learning with interactive technology. This position would be in the Children’s Media department, supporting a variety of digital kids apps and game-based projects.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Digital Coordinating Producer will work in close collaboration with the Executive Producer and Senior Producers to manage the production of educational games, websites, and other digital learning resources to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget and at an industry-leading level of quality.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Executive Producer and Senior Producer to manage production timelines for digital games and features: schedule and manage resources, run production meetings and standups, oversee sprint planning and JIRA ticketing, distribute deliverables to reviewers and coordinate feedback.
  • Support Executive Producer and Senior Producer in executing the creative direction for digital features.
  • Manage specification documents, plans, and deliverables for digital features.
  • Work with Senior Producer and Producer to produce and write content for digital features.
  • Manage play testing with children.
  • Act as point person for voice records: coordinate casting materials and scripts; liaise with studio; attend records.
  • Oversee Quality Assurance process.
  • Support collaboration with researchers and advisors; help manage client and vendor relationships; act as point person across GBH departments.
  • Work closely with Executive Producer and Senior Producer on content planning for future projects.
  • In general, support the production team: attend series-related meetings and creative reviews; work with Executive Producer and Senior Producer to create presentations; submit materials for award opportunities.
  • Mentor Production Coordinator and interns.

SKILL SET

  • Digital games and website production experience essential. 
  • Must have demonstrated ability to motivate and manage production staff and promote teamwork.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality product within time, scope, and budget constraints.
  • Must have excellent management skills, writing ability and interpersonal skills. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelors or equivalent work experience. Candidates should have strong digital production experience, with an affinity and enthusiasm for working with technology, education and children’s media; experience developing ideas for digital learning products; ability to work collaboratively across diverse teams and with all levels of staff and stakeholders. Creative problem solver with strong sense of initiative. Four to five years of production experience.

JOB SPECIFICS

This is a staff position

GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Small Wonders

GBH Kids has launched Small Wonders, a free app developed for Reach Every Reader, and supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Small Wonders offers families a co-play experience of original games, activities, and songs with embedded prompts to help parents support language development through conversation, a key pre-literacy skill. A special Grown-Ups section also offers language-rich activity ideas and animated dialogues illustrating ways to make the most of the app and to extend learning beyond the screen experience. 

This project began in Fall 2018 and was completed during the pandemic. The app’s approach is based on current research in children’s early language and literacy development and is published by our partners at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, marking their first foray into publishing content for families.

The project involved Children’s Media and Education and Digital Services, including over 30 GBHers as we conducted formative research in public housing, completed extensive prototyping and user testing at HeadStart day care centers and the Boston Children’s Museum, and finalized twelve digital games, four songs, five guide videos, and supporting print materials.

The app is available for free at Apple and Google Play.

Moving Art Machines

George’s Moving Art Machines is live on the ARTHUR website and PBS KIDS Games app.

George’s Moving Art Machines is an extremely flexible HTML5 art tool, allowing endless variations in four themes: shapes, lights, characters, and sounds.

Players select art assets; place, customize, and connect them; then set them in motion to make amazing kinetic art!

This game is unique and a lot of fun, and its quality is a direct result of the tremendous efforts of Gentry, Kal and Nolan.

An Elwood City Thanksgiving!

Join Arthur, Muffy, Buster, and Mr. Ratburn as they celebrate “An Elwood City Thanksgiving,” a new digital game from PBS Kids. It’s on the ARTHUR website and in the PBS KIDS games app.

Visit the four families, serve up holiday food, and then help with some wonderful family traditions by making a thankfulness poster with Arthur, donating food with Muffy, taking in a traditional Native American harvest with Buster, and baking a delicious cake with Mr. Ratburn.

And don’t forget the family photos! So come visit, and see there’s more than one way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

And “An Arthur Thanksgiving” premieres this Monday on GBH 2 and the PBS Kids Video App! 

#TeamGBH

Super Snowboarder

Go snowboarding with Molly and Auntie Midge!

Learn cool new tricks using videos and books, and practice your moves in the Freestyle area in out latest game for Molly of Denali.

Our snowboarding adviser for this game was Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, an Olympic snowboarder and the first Alaska Native to make an Olympic team.

This dynamic HTML5 game is available at both the Molly of Denali website and the PBS KIDS Games app.

Go Team Molly!

Arthur’s Puppet Theater!

ARTHUR’S PUPPET THEATER offers three classic fairy tales designed as interactive stories, all performed by ARTHUR characters. First, choose from three stories: Little Red Riding HoodCinderella, or Goldilocks and the three Bears. Then enjoy the show, with YOU as the director! Cast the actors – Arthur, D.W., Muffy, and Buster – in the roles you want, then lean in to make fun decisions to guide the story.

Would you like a more traditional Little Red Riding Hood, or perhaps the more swashbuckling Little Green Pirate Hat? Do you think Cinderella would prefer the electronically inclined Prince-Bot 5000, or the diva-tastic Prince Megastar? And should a hungry Goldilocks choose the bowls of porridge, tacos, or spaghetti and meatballs? Whichever you decide, there’s more fun right around the corner with more choices. And when you reach “happily ever after,” you can begin again with new choices. So come enjoy some classics as only ARTHUR can deliver!

For ARTHUR’S PUPPET THEATER, GBH worked with Two Moos.

Tell Some Pinkatastic Stories!

 

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What’s sparkly, pinkatastic, and fun to do with your kids or on your own?

The latest digital game from PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, PINKCREDIBLE STORY MAKER, lets you choose fun and fantastical settings, characters, and props from the WGBH children’s series, and imagine your own pinkcredible adventures starring Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends. It’s a fun way to practice storytelling and use creativity and imagination.

It’s available on the series website and in the PBS Kids Games App.

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The digital team for this PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC game was Louise, Jolin, Sophie, Becca, Anessa, and Sienna with support from Melissa, Dorothea, Nicole, Anthony, and Kacie.

Dance Party!

The Pinkalicious Digital team has a new HTML5 game to share, and as you might imagine, we’re tickled pink about it!

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In PinkaDance, players explore different movements and types of music as they create their own dance moves with Pinkalicious and play freeze dance with Peter!

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Try your own dance moves and check out the game at PBS KIDS website or in the PBSKids Games App.

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Here’s a big pink cheer for the creative and dedicated team: Melissa at the helm; Jolin on development; Sophie on design with support from Becca; with Anessa and Sienna for production support; and on the TV team: Dorothea, Nicole, Anthony, and Kacie.

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