Assistant Script Editor (EastEnders)
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 Silk 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.
The Assistant Script Editor reports to the Script Producer in the first instance, and works in close conjunction with Script Editors to provide editorial and continuity support.
Main duties will involve:
- Throughout the production ensure that all episodes are checked for continuity and to advise Script Editors accordingly.
- To ensure the consistent treatment of established characters within storylines and episodes.
- To compile trails and proactively highlight story/continuity problems.
- To assist in issuing script amendments.
- To cover for the Script Editor in their absence, under the guidance of the Script Producer– sometimes turning round scripts when necessary.
- To compile episode trails when required for triple bank teams
- To occasionally compile episode précis for publicity when required.
- To attend monthly Commissioning Meetings and to contribute where necessary – pointing out any continuity issues.
- To support the Script Producer where necessary.
- To be fully across all scripts and amendments to ensure accurate continuity.
- To read various drafts of scripts and give thorough continuity notes to Script Editors.
- To attend weekly editorial meetings and follow-up on any issues or concerns raised.
Are you the right 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 have:
- A drama understanding with practical experience of television production techniques and an informed interest in drama production specifically
- An enthusiasm and interest in popular Drama, especially EastEnders.
- Experience of script reading and writing script reports with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper
- An understanding of and the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems
- Experience of establishing and maintaining office and administration systems
- Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.
- An understanding of copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process.
- An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.
A generic job description is attached, please see Appendix for additional duties and responsibilities associated with this role.
This role is a BAND B.
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