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Assistant Script Editor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

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

Role Responsibility

You'll report to the Series Producer in the first instance, and provide editorial and research support to the team (including Script Editors, Producers and Series Producer).

You'll assess all scripts in order to ensure the continuity of storylines and the consistency of established characters.  You will alert Script Editors and Writers to any difficulties or inconsistencies that arise from such research and suggest possible alternative ideas where research suggest that the original idea is no longer viable.

You will act as the first stage filter for the assessment of solicited script material received, ensuring that suitable material is quickly passed on to the appropriate Script Editor and that unsuitable material is rejected appropriately.  You will ensure that draft scripts are checked for inaccuracies and advise Script Editors/Writers accordingly.  You will assist the Script Editors in ensuring that all negative checks (e.g. brand names) are completed and that all reasonable action has been taken to avoid copyright infringement, libel and defamation.  You will undertake all necessary admin tasks including maintaining databases, billings and synopses.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role, you will need a drama understanding with practical experience of television production techniques and an informed interest in drama production specifically.  You will be a confident Researcher, with evidence of an inventive, rigorous and pro-active approach to research.  You will have 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 script writers and the script writing process is essential.  You need the ability to interpret editorial intentions and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.   

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. 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.

We are a Disability confident committed employer and able to support disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions.  Consequently, successful applications may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.


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