Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a hardworking and motivated Lighting Technical Director (TD) to join our cinematics team. Our cinematics have a variety of ranges in styles and complexity, so we are seeking team members who are passionate about crafting tools, solving problems, and creating technology for producing these movies.

You would help augment commercial packages such as Katana to offer a flexible workflow for lighting artists in building extraordinary, animated cinematics, as well as building new stand-alone workflows. You will be working closely with artists and supervisors so strong communication skills are required.

If you love a challenge and want to help provide critical support to artists, then we would be thrilled to have you on board!

This position will be working in our Irvine, CA location, however we are open to Remote workers.


  • Developing, modifying, deploying, and debugging software

  • Strong problem-solving and debugging skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication and collaboration skills

  • Understanding of computer graphics concepts such as rendering and shaders

  • Understanding of techniques and technologies relating to CG pipelines and workflows, from asset creation to final compositing

  • Some experience using and/or writing tools or plugins in third-party computer graphics programs and renderers such as Katana, Nuke, RenderMan, and Redshift

  • Ability to shift priorities during production schedule changes

  • Desire to function in a technical support role


  • Proficiency in Python and object-oriented programming

  • Experience working in Windows or Linux environments

  • Experience crafting tools in PyQt

  • Ability to teach, guide, and educate lighting artists methodically toward their own debugging to champion self-sufficiency in their own work

  • Provide practical feedback on the lighting pipeline and offer potential solutions on how to improve them

  • Familiarity with any common vfx platform libraries – openEXR, OpenVDB, Alembic, USD

  • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Engineering, or related fields

  • Familiarity with Blizzard games and Cinematics

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected] General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

This role is anticipated to be assigned as a hybrid work model position, with some work on-site at an Activision Blizzard office and some work remote.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $101,000.00 - $186,754.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.