Mission Critical.Media

Mission Critical Media


A Boutique Consulting Company for the TV & Film Industries
Workflow Engineering :: Operating :: Education



Mission Critical Media is a boutique consulting, operating, and educational company dedicated to the next generation of Video Engineering. We believe that your Intellectual Property, or your media assets created on set, should be safely secured and handled with integrity in the most economical and time-friendly manner. 


Jillian Arnold, CEO


Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Local 695: Sound, Engineering, Projection Board of Directors Member
Local 600: International Cinematographers Guild
University of Wisconsin Alumni Chapter - Los Angeles
Planetary Society Member

NAB Technology Specialist of the Year 2017
Emmy for Grease Live
Third Place NASA Videographer of the Year 2013
York High School Distinguished Alumni Award Nominee 2013, 2014
NASA Team Recognition Award - Mars Science Laboratory broadcast
NASA Team Recognition Award - Space Flight Hardware training videos
Finalist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison “Forward Under Forty” 
Finalist for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship in the Commercial category 2006

Pronology Operator Certification: 2017
Sony PWS4500 Certification: 2017
Avid ISIS ACSR Certification: May 2015
EVS Engineering Certification: December 2014
EVS LSM Playback Certification: October 2014
Phantom Camera Tech Certification: May 2013 

Jillian Arnold is a video engineer who specializes in workflow engineering, digital acquisition, and media management. She is one of the few experts in a lucrative, emerging field of television. Jillian is a second-generation recordist/tape operator, committed to bridging the generational and cultural technology gap by training and certifying new operators with her latest venture, Mission Critical Media.

Jillian has a Bachelors degree in film theory and history from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a Masters in film production—cinematography from Chapman University.

As a video engineer, Jillian oversees high-speed, high-resolution productions for engineering analysis as part of the Mars Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory [JPL]. She also participated in JPL’s Juno orbital insertion, Cassini's farewell, and Mars Curiosity Landing. She is currently working with JPL’s Mars 2020 team on next rover’s Parachute deployment.

Currently, Jillian manages the recording and file management on Viacom’s premier truck, Atlas, where she recorded video and audio for the MTV Video Music Awards, and MTV Movie Awards. Other current clients include NBC Universal’s E! Red Carpet Shows, as well as Netflix and Ted Talks. The 2017 Video Music Awards compiled over 31,000 files for Post Delivery. 

As the lead media manager for the Fox reality series Utopia, she oversaw the safe delivery of 400,000-plus files recorded daily—totaling 37 terabytes of footage—using the Pronology asset management system. She also partnered with Fox for Grease Live and the FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage. In addition, she frequently collaborates with NFL Films.

Jillian is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of Local 695, the Sound and Engineering Union.  She is a member of Local 600 camera union, as well as the Planetary Society. 




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