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Assistant Producer - BBC Studios Landmark Science Series, Glasgow

Job Introduction

BBC Studios, The Science Unit, Glasgow, are looking for highly motivated Assistant Producers for The Greatest Show on Earth (4 x 50’) a brand new landmark science series for international broadcast, currently in production and expanding its team starting February 2020.

This ambitious series will capture some of the planet’s most spectacular phenomena in new and innovative ways, and explore what they reveal about how the Earth works. It will combine awe-inspiring visuals, actuality and engaging science content. 

The Assistant Producers will originate and facilitate the production of high-end, visually outstanding specialist factual content.

Role Responsibility

  • Identify and develop compelling, original storylines based around spectacular natural phenomena, the challenges of capturing them innovatively on camera, and the science behind them. Devise and produce story treatments and structures.
  • Research and organise complex international shoots, source locations, liaise with and manage fixers, identify relevant contributors, negotiate access, identify and manage logistical factors which may impact the shooting schedule.
  • Identify new or specialist camera technology that opens up opportunities to capture spectacular natural phenomena in new ways.
  • Manage access and relationships with contributors and the team prior to filming and on location.
  • Manage complex logistics prior to filming and on location.
  • Self-shoot additional sequences to broadcast standard.
  • Proactively contribute to the creative direction of the series, both editorially and visually.
  • Research stories thoroughly, check all factual details, undertake background research, obtaining verification from a variety of sources.
  • Manage Researchers in consultation with SP, working with Researchers to shape their workload and direction of research.
  • Manage positive working relationships with the wider team, contributors, other departments, suppliers & partners (internal & external), ensuring the BBC maintains excellent relationships throughout.
  • Ensure full compliance with Editorial guidelines and all aspects of Health & Safety.
  • Support production of social media content.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Significant Assistant Producer experience on primetime productions with specialist factual content.
  • Experience of international filming, ideally including experience of filming in remote locations. Expedition experience desirable.
  • Creative self-starter with the initiative and tenacity to deliver results.
  • Experience of researching and setting up complex shoots in difficult locations.
  • Evidence of self-shooting 2nd camera for broadcast, demonstrating good camera skills and ability to shoot sequences.
  • Responsive to opportunities for self-shooting on location that could generate engaging actuality material. Proactive in capturing them.
  • Open to learning to use new camera technology and proactive in putting technology to novel uses to capture interesting visuals.
  • Experience of writing clear, concise content notes and briefs.
  • Sound journalistic and editorial judgment with respect to subject matter, contributors, content, presentation, legal and editorial policy, coupled with appropriate referral to SP and Exec.
  • Familiarity with research techniques and sources for the verification of the accuracy of material.           
  • Effective planning and organising skills. Ability to work under pressure and make fast measured decisions – reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities, whilst maintaining standards of accuracy and attention to detail when working to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to problem-solve on location.
  • A strong communicator with ability to simplify complex problems and suggest effective solutions.
  • Ability to work well in a team and maintain positive relationships in challenging circumstances.
  • Awareness of financial responsibility and budgets.
  • Experience of influencing, negotiating and communicating effectively both internally and with external agencies/partners.
  • Knowledge of BBC Editorial guidelines and all aspects of Health & Safety.
  • Competent understanding and experience of data management on location.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 6 month attachment/fixed term contract/freelance

Start date: February 2020 
Location: BBC Scotland, Glasgow

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 2nd December 2019.

About the BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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