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Script Editor (EastEnders)

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Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Musketeers to name just a few.

EastEnders is the multi award winning soap broadcast four times a week on BBC ONE. It currently ranks as one of the most watched TV dramas in the UK tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on television in the UK. Through great writing and attention to detail the show manages to successfully balance gritty realism with high drama and entertainment to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, every week.

As our Script Editor, you’ll be advising on all script related matters as well as be responsible for managing the relationships between writers and the production staff.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Story Producer you’ll work as part of a team overseeing episodes from idea stage to delivery to the production crew and through to shoot. Generating creative ideas as well as long term story ideas, you’ll work with the production teams representing the writers’ interests, ensuring their consent to script changes as well as ensuring the scripts are editorially correct, carrying out the necessary checks. In addition you’ll attend the monthly Commissioning meetings offering and suggesting critical and creative suggestions about your week’s episodes. You’ll be responsible for providing writers with the editorial brief needed and ensure they have access to any technical expert or consultant as required. You’ll be restructuring and generating new storylines within your script as well as turning around creative drafts in short spaces of time.

The Ideal Candidate

People working on EastEnders are a talented, experienced and creative bunch. To join them and make this programme the most talked about on the channel, it’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for.

You should demonstrate prior experience of script editing ideally on TV drama series, have significant experience in generating creative ideas and treatments and experience of working with new and experienced writers under pressure and to tight deadlines.

It is important that you have an understanding of the copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications for production processes. You must be aware of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.

You should also have strong communication, negotiation, influencing and persuading skills and the ability to work within a team and on your own initiative. 

Package Description

1x 2 year FTC/Attachment

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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