Assistant Director - 2D Animation Series for Warner Bros.

Production · Kilkenny , n/a
Department Production
Employment Type Contract 40 hours per week
Minimum Experience Experienced

Lighthouse Studios is currently seeking a talented and experienced Assistant Director to work on an exciting new show "Little Ellen" for Warner Bros.! The 2D-animated series Little Ellen finds the talk-show host exploring imaginary lands, making new friends, making mistakes and will include musical numbers as well.


As a Assistant Director you will join our international crew working in a fast paced and vibrant environment while based in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny.  You will join the existing Production team and contribute to the animation process. We look forward to working with you!


Why you should work here

Working at Lighthouse means that you are dedicated to our shared cause of producing animated content of the highest possible quality for a global audience. This means that you can rest assured that the projects you work on at Lighthouse will be ones that you can be truly proud of.

Working at Lighthouse will give you the opportunity to not only learn from some of the most talented individuals in the industry, but also discover new cultures and new ways of working. In addition to learning from your colleagues, you also have the opportunity to partake in our in-house learning and development programme, so you can be sure that your time at Lighthouse will be beneficial for you not only now but for years to come.

Of course, we also have many other benefits such as a pension plan, employee assistance programme, health and wellness benefits, regular crew parties and much more!


Summary of Assistant Director (AD) 

The primary role of the Assistant Director is to operate as a central link between departments and give technical input, while ensuring the Director’s views are being met throughout the process. The AD will encourage, motivate and support the various heads of Departments from storyboards and concept design until post-production and final delivery. 

Specifically, the Assistant Director will liaise with all depts to ensure communication is kept flowing through all departments resulting in the most efficient workflow possible.  A key aspect of the role is understanding each department’s needs and offering solutions to potential cross-departmental issues, as well as offering technical support. This role requires the successful candidate to be technically proficient and work on site at our studio in Kilkenny.


Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee technical and creative pipeline between departments 
  • Work closely with the Director to help translate her vision and the narrative accurately to the screen
  • Ensure the high quality of the project is maintained and effective workflow and processes are in place 
  • Work closely with production & dept supervisors to problem solve and help prioritise workload through production stages to achieve strongest output in time available 
  • Set up regular meetings with the dept heads to ensure all are informed of the correct information
  • Assist with breakdown of animatic into production assets 
  • Where required, review and approve material in-line with the Directors’ overall vision and technical standards 
  • Talent review, assessment and selection for team building purposes 


This list is not exhaustive and might be complemented by reasonable and related tasks that are requested of you.


Key requirements:

  • Excellent communicator 
  • Thorough knowledge of the 2D series workflow and pipeline 
  •  Extensive Toon Boom and Shotgun knowledge is a must 
  • Experience in leading departments to deliver on Director’s vision 
  • Positive attitude and desire to support crew


About Lighthouse Studios

Lighthouse Studios first burst on to the animation scene in 2017 with one promise – to always deliver the highest possible quality in visual storytelling. Since then, we have been making good on that promise, working with the likes of content giants Amazon, Netflix and Cinesite to produce world-class 2D animations for audiences across the globe.

Based in the neo-gothic Kieran’s College in medieval Kilkenny, our studio is a real melting pot of different talents, cultures and personalities. With over 150 crew members from around the world all driven towards the same goal, our creative projects are always hugely ambitious and yet fun to work on.

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  • Location
    Kilkenny , n/a
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Contract 40 hours per week
  • Minimum Experience