Jason Skinner

Landover, Maryland

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Highly skilled, enthusiastic individual seeking to expand my experience and further utilize my technical, organizational and communication skills through a fast-paced Studio Technician position. As a ’99 Communications Broadcasting graduate of Millersville University formerly working as a Broadcast Operations Supervisor with BET Networks and Discovery Networks previously with quality businesses like C-SPAN and Comcast SportsNet, I have the talent, expertise and knowledge to excel in a demanding, high pressure Studio Technician position.
BET Networks – Supervisor, Washington D.C. Nov 2006 – Nov. 2010
Discovery Comm. Inc./Randstad – Supervisor/Operator/VR, Sterling, VA Mar 2005 – Nov. 2006
Capitol Connection/GMU-TV – Master Control Operator, Fairfax, VA Feb 2003 – Mar 2005
Comcast SportsNet – Master Control Operator/Editor, Bethesda MD June 2002 – March 2005
C-SPAN – Master Control Operator, Washington D.C. Dec 2000 – Feb 2002
Kinko’s – Commercial Business Representative, Waldorf, MD Aug 2000 – Feb 2001
Millersville Univ TV – Studio Tech/Editor, Millersville, PA Mar 1996 – Dec 1999
George Mason University, 2003-04 Telecom Management Masters Coursework, Fairfax, VA
Millersville University, Bachelors 1999, Communications/Broadcasting, Millersville PA
Hampton University, 1995-1996 Marketing Major, Hampton, VA

Leadership: Excelled in a leadership capacity demonstrating creative problem solving skills, exceptional communication ability and tremendous initiative. At BET, I have diagnosed and prevented the primary causes of loss of air due to the capacity of servers versus the workflow. By daily maintaining appropriate server levels, periodically rebuilding the inventory and close observation we have been able to surpass the FCC standards and Network standards of 99.99% on-air reliability affecting 7 networks. While at Discovery, I was able affect positive change through the creation of several process, procedures, and projects like the Log Scrubbing Guidelines, several SOPs, Log Scrubbing Review Course, How-To Search and Replace and Log Scrubbing Operator Expectations leading to a paradigm shift in the way daily schedules were created and prepped from both Channel/Promo Op. Dept. and MCO Dept. Another example is the Channel Ops Metrics Project. This project entailed leading a team of five operators in the collection of data from the Channel Operations Daily Schedules and the evaluation of each of the 13 networks based on an encompassing set of criteria to highlight network specific areas in need of improvement. Significant contributions to Sustainment Training of Fall 2006 along with a strong work ethic, fair sensibility, willingness/effectiveness with instruction and analytic approach lead to my success.

Interpersonal: Outstanding interpersonal skills represented through sales and throughout my broadcasting experience. As a supervisor at BET and Discovery, coordinating with traffic, commercial, promo, programming and production departments (as well as staff) to ensure the 20 networks (between the two sites) present an accurate and quality product.

Team Player: Excellent ability to problem solve while engaging in numerous positions and responsibilities to meet overall group objectives as shown with BET Networks, Discovery Networks, Comcast SportsNet, Capitol Connection/GMU-TV, C-SPAN, Kinko’s, MU-TV and with the Millersville University intercollegiate Football Team. The multitask opportunities at C-SPAN and Comcast positioned me as editor, MCO, camera operator and tape room coordinator while Kinko’s stretched my responsibilities in the areas of sales, production, customer service and employee management. During my time with Discovery, I have engaged in multiple roles ranging from operator, log scrubber, breaker, log timer, discrepancy reporting and been promoted to VR (vacation relief) and Supervisor. At both Discovery and BET, I have been able to initiate several projects and process improvements to improve the network as a whole while balancing the concerns of operators to yield the most positive results for a fully functional network.

Highly Motivated Self-Starter: Extraordinary ability to learn new concepts, grasp and achieve objectives, and work independently of direct supervision. At Comcast SportsNet, I conducted the daily operations of the MCO Dept. while being one of the primary operators responsible for the commercials/promos ingestion into the Thompson server database. Duties included airing of the late SportsNite and SportsRise shows, event log editing to ensure accurate and precise information for both the Baltimore and Washington networks, show prepping and processing for use with the Thompson automation, maintaining the integrity of comm./promo cut lists through server cut deletion and completion of dub request. During this time, I also worked with GMU-TV for 2 ½ years and undertook graduate coursework in Telecommunications Management engaging in courses such as Admin in Public and Nonprofit Organizations and Telecom Management.

Communication: Exceptional presentation skills exhibited at BET were I have engaged in numerous public speaking/tour opportunities. I have spoken on behalf of BET to Elementary to High school children on off-site engagements, including on a panel at the Howard University Communications Career Fair in ’09, as well as conducting frequent tours of the Broadcast Operations Department to groups ranging from students to clients.

Video Production: Gained extensive training and experience in live and taped programming using equipment associated with MCO operations in both manual and digital environments: including server operating systems (Harris, Omneon, Thompson, Matco and Crispin), Sony Library Management system, StorageTek, graphics generators (Lyric/Duet, Miranda and Intuition), Media Transfer systems (MassStore and Omnibus), commercial retrieval (Vyvx, DG, Signiant) video tape recorders (Beta SX, Beta SP, Beta Cam, VHS, ¾”, and MII formats), switchboards, character generators (Max and Maxine), audio boards, cart machines, satellite operations, and camera operation (auto/standard), Massloggers, and 360 Delay Servers.

Web Based/Computer Programs: Vast knowledge of Broadview, Adobe (Photoshop, Acrobat, Distiller), Omni Page, Power Point, Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Raritan and the Internet.

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