We’re hiring a Senior Digital Producer to make games and apps!

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Here’s where to apply.

Please note we are not looking for video producers or video editors, per se. This posting is for digital games and app production and so we’re looking for experience there.

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WGBH Children’s Media department 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.

The work we produce is of the highest caliber and the team that makes these games and related content is proud of their reach, their demonstrated learning outcomes, and humbled by the many awards won. This vibrant digital work for kids keeps public media relevant in the 21st century and the collaborative, team-based approach to creating these products – and makes WGBH 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, mostly supporting a variety of digital kids apps and game-based projects.

We are looking for a Senior Digital Producer to join our Children’s Media and Education team at WGBH. You will be producing educational games, rich-media interactive features and supporting content for two or more of our award-winning children’s properties. Our audiences are kids and adults, formal and informal educators, funders and partners, clients and distributors. We publish to desktop, mobile and many other interactive platforms. The senior producer’s task is to oversee the team, staffing, budgets, interns, grant deliverables, partners relationships and schedules and to bring these projects in on time and on budget and at an industry-leading level of quality.

Working with executive producers and staff in other departments within WGBH, you will produce and manage several projects in a senior leadership role. You will contribute to design, editorial and strategic planning processes but ultimately your job is not to design, write or code but to produce, managing editorial, design and technical staff as needed. You will be responsible for the budgeting, scheduling and management of resources needed and you will work with colleagues to assure your projects meet all appropriate deadlines.

With appropriate support from WGBH, you will be required to work in a way that is compliant with all Federal regulations relating both to budgetary compliance and to FTC and FCC rules about multimedia and children.

Senior Digital Producers may also manage user testing, write proposals, oversee vendor or freelance partners, manage junior staff and interns, report to funders, and direct photography, video or voice-over sessions. Typical duties for a digital producer will vary by project.

The Senior Digital Producer has a key role in creating and sustaining a vision for any digital product, whether it’s a web site, a web game or an app, especially in maintaining narrative and educational integrity amidst the many constraints and competing priorities of a typical project.

To see a range of the team’s recent work or learn more about the team please explore this blog and be prepared to discuss our work should you be selected for an interview.

New Stuff for NASA

Our varied efforts for the NASA-funded Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project have been newly added to PBS Learning Media.

We have a charming interactive story with Peep:

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A fun shadows and light game with Ruff:

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A cool, 3D Earth for an interactive, shadows exploration:

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And an interactive tool that lets you map the scale of the solar system to any point on the map:

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What a great team! Lizzy, Dan, Gentry, Jeff, Kennedy, Colin, Becca, Kal, Marnie, Jim and Bill. Thanks also, as always, to Pegeen, Rachel, Caitlin, Paula, Anne, Jake and the many others in the Education group.

And what a great legal notice! The material contained in this product is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

Wild City Search

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The city is full of nature—you just have to know where to look! In the PLUM LANDING HTML5 game, Wild City Search, kids move around a virtual city block, interacting with natural and man-made elements. They can pick up trash, help a rabbit build a nest, create puddles by making it rain—and much more! 

Each interaction is rewarded with a seed, which kids can plant and tend in a virtual rooftop garden. As time goes by, day changes to night and back to day, plants grow, animals move around, and new interactions become possible.

It’s available now on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Games App. Try it out – what city nature can you find? 

ARTHUR’s Animal Home Builder

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ANIMAL HOME BUILDER, our latest ARTHUR game, is available now on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Games App. Based on a DIY curriculum, ANIMAL HOME BUILDER lets players help George build cozy areas for the various cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds that his friends bring in. Players select and paint walls, cut out doors, hammer down roofs, and choose accessories to make these animals as happy as they can be. 

Spooky Fun!

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“Arthur’s Tricks and Treats” combines the thrills of Halloween with systems thinking! Arthur is giving out treats, and it’s the player’s job to help him dole out each trick-or-treater’s requests. Sounds simple? It is! However, what would Halloween be without tricks? Once the scary spiders, spooky ghosts, annoying bats, and eerie power outages appear, it’s a true challenge to juggle everything — but careful planning can help lead to a new high score! Bonus: to be accessible to players of different abilities, this game is self-leveling! The better a player does, the harder the game gets, and vice versa. So give it a try — if you dare…

Arthur’s Tricks and Treats will launch October 20 in the PBS Games App.

Congratulations to the digital team: Gentry, Jeff, Sophie, Alan, Jolin & Hilary.

We’re Live: All New Ruff!

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Everyone’s favorite canine returns this week to star in THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW, an all-new short-form animated PBS Kids multiplatform series designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, a new website with digital games, a new photo app, and hands-on activities as part of the Ready to Learn grant program from the Department of Education.

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In each video, Ruff, along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of perseverance—all while modeling science inquiry skills. All 20 videos of the show are available on PBS Kids digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.

The videos roll out on the PBS Kids YouTube channel has begun, and segments from the series are airing on the new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream this fall.

The free app, Photo Stuff With Ruff, is available in the main app stores.

Resources for educators abound at PBS LearningMedia.

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Many were involved including Carol, Marcy, Jess, Nicole, Mia and Deb on the animation side with many more on the digital side: Bill, Melissa, Kit, Tara, Anessa, Elizabeth, Gentry, Louise, Jesse, Stefan, Sophie, Elles, Carlyn, Jolin, Kal, Colin, Kevin, Jay, Ken, Carl, Alan, Glen Berger, and Jim Conroy.