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Look of Picture TD (Avatar Studios)


Burbank, CA, US, 91502


For over 30 years, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio continues to be one of the largest producers of television animation in the world, reflecting all kids today. Based in Burbank, Calif., with offices in New York, the Studio, designed by our artists and for our artists, is home to the world's greatest creative talents. Our campus of creativity houses top-notch talent, storytellers, artists, production teams, voice actors, cartoon experts and more. At Nickelodeon, we are always looking to recruit dedicated craftspeople to help bring groundbreaking new ideas to life and that starts with you! We are leading the way in animated content for TV series, TV movies, shorts and  theatrical features. Some of our new upcoming original animated series include, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, Rugrats, Middlemost Post, Star Trek: Prodigy, Big Nate and Santiago of the Seas, among others.Our content development teams are creator-driven, our work culture is collaborative, our mentorship of new talent is second to none, and we are committed to hiring inclusively to reflect authenticity in the diverse stories we want to tell.Join us!



Nickelodeon Animation Studios is looking for a Pipeline TD to craft, develop, and implement critical pipeline tools and workflows, support artists and creative leadership, and is the primary technical liaison for the vendors on animated feature films. The role also requires facilitating efficient transfers of CG data between the various sites involved in production with the ability to work across many departments. Onsite teams to support include Story, Art, Editorial, Assets, and Production.


  • Develop and maintain an outstanding and customized look for the show that will require the integration of traditional 2D and CG elements
  • Using look development, shader, lighting, and compositing techniques, develop and maintain a pipeline across multiple studios in support of the customized look
  • Develop and support tools and procedures which maintain and improve the production workflow between multiple studios
  • Assist in establishing studio goals and strategize on future technical infrastructure on the show
  • Work closely with various departments including Editorial, Art, Story, Assets, and the Production management team to streamline and further the production workflow
  • Propose, design, implement, test, and support extensions to existing studio pipelines
  • Assist artists with troubleshooting and debugging of production issues. Issues may include data management sharing and transfers, color consistency between locations, rendering, post-production, pipeline, etc.
  • Maintain internal and user facing documentation
  • Help train artists and production teams as needed both internally and at vendor studios
  • Primary liaison between Feature Production and MTS staff for operations, file, and network systems issues
  • Maintain awareness of new tools software and animation industry trends


  • Experience with look development techniques and processes
  • Experience with shader, lighting, and compositing techniques
  • Experience developing customized shaders or techniques in support of a unique production look which integrates both traditional 2D and CG elements
  • Experience developing customized looks using Machine Learning algorithms preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Animation Production or equivalent experience in a related field
  • 2-3 years of experience with CG animation pipelines. Feature pipeline knowledge a big plus
  • Experience with Shotgun/ShotGrid (web & Toolkit) and RV
  • Strong math and programming skills. Expert in Python
  • Ability to support (non-technical) artists
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to solve big multi-disciplinary problems
  • Experience with 3rd party packages such as Maya, Nuke, Redshift, or Arnold
  • Coursework or other studies in computer graphics or 3D game development
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Exceptional communication skills


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status. 


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