Senior Software Engineer - Video Player & Ads

Engineering Team | San Francisco

Planning world domination? What a coincidence, we are too! With VRV recently reaching 1.5M registered users in less than one year, and Crunchyroll topping the 1M subscriber milestone; the team at Ellation is just getting started.

Do you love developing in JavaScript and solving difficult problems; and stretching the limits of browsers, mobile devices, and consoles? Have you ever wanted to improve the experience with consuming content online? Are you excited by the chance to be a part of the future of television and online video? We’d love for you to join us at Ellation!


About You:

  • BA or BS in EE/CS (in lieu of degree, 2 years of relevant work experience).
  • Recent production experience with “native” or “vanilla” JavaScript (ECMA5/6).
  • Recent production experience with other web technologies and modern programming languages such as; PHP, Go, Python, ObjC, Java.
  • Good written-English communication skills.
  • Understanding of SQL and NoSQL datastores and their applications
  • Experience with integrating any online video players (HTML5, AVF, Exo, Kaltura, JW, etc...)
  • Experience designing APIs for libraries and SDKs for consumption by third-party developers.
  • Familiarity with online video ads
  • Familiarity with unit testing


About the Team:

The Video Player and Monetization team is responsible for all aspects of Crunchyroll and VRV’s video players across many devices and platforms. This includes user interface; analytics; content protection integration; network communication with backend services; video ads; and player configuration, customization, and delivery.

A day in the life of the Video Team:

The agile team in San Francisco is building a unique video player capable of being integrated into all of our supported client platforms while delivering on the features and capabilities our users desire. This brings many interesting challenges such as the need to support all the various platforms and their unique behaviors as well as the delivery and playback of video ads for our non premium users. You will work with the rest of the organization, including design, product management, as well as other engineering teams, in specifying, building, and integrating.


  • Competitive salary
  • Contribute to multiple open source products
  • Employer-sponsored training and certifications
  • Opportunity to participate in industry conferences
  • Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance
  • Health care and dependent care FSA
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Employer paid commuter benefit
  • On-site gym, showers, yoga, and meditation classes
  • Catered lunch and dinner 4 days per week
  • Fun, passionate and skilled co-workers
  • Pet-friendly environment

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About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, boasting a global community of more than 25 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. Fans connect through the most complete anime library including "Naruto Shippuden," "Attack on Titan," and “Dragon Ball Super,” events such as Crunchyroll Movie Nights, Crunchyroll News, and can purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to simulcasts—top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast.

Fans can also view Crunchyroll on VRV, an audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels and a curated house channel, VRV Select.

About Ellation

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. With majority investment from Otter Media, a joint-venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, Ellation operates at the intersection of technology and media to redefine the next wave of media interaction and consumption -- breaking down barriers to content experiences for passionate fans around the world. Ellation’s offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Chișinău develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content that brings our communities of passionate fans together.

About VRV

VRV is a leading audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and Shudder, alongside a curated house channel, VRV Select. Created to provide fans with a next-gen entertainment experience, VRV offers immersive content experiences in a digitally-driven environment via bundled subscription, a la carte subscription, or ad-supported options. As a platform, VRV helps partners extend their reach and distribute their premium content through a high-quality, branded experience on mobile, web, and popular living room devices.