Career Spotlight: In the Director’s Chair

What’s it like being a director for one of the biggest news shows in the country? Christian Alicea, director of NBC Nightly News, takes us behind the scenes.

A live television director is like the conductor of an orchestra. I take what the editorial team of producers ‘compose,’ and lead a technical team of ‘musicians’ in playing for the audience. Sometimes the sheet music changes right before, or maybe even while you're on stage. Much more than that, it's a creative role. Set design, graphics and music development, camera blocking and lighting — everything that you see and hear is what a director is responsible for.
Christian Alicea