Assistant Script Editor

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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 Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Three Girls, to name just a few!

Role Responsibility

Keep a close eye on script continuity ensuring the consistent treatment of established characters and continuity within the story line and episodes.

Alert Script Editors and Writers to any difficulties or inconsistencies which may arise from such discontinuity and to suggest solutions.

Ensure that draft scripts are checked for inaccuracies and to advise Script Editors/Writers accordingly.

Undertake all necessary administrative tasks including where required the compilation and distribution of an accurate Transmission synopsis of each episode and prepare billings for listings magazines.

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.

To provide additional research when required.

To provide holiday cover for script editors

To Script Edit a number of episodes within the series

To Script Edit a shadow script

To keep the Casualty website up to date.

Whilst script editing or providing cover for the Editor’s the postholder must:

Represent the interests of the writer to the production team.  Ensure that the author consents to major script changes and convey the writer’s point of view in his/her absence.

Ensure that the writer is actively involved in script alterations in order to preserve the quality of the working relationship between the Producer/Director and writer.

Ensure that writers are sufficiently aware of the financial implications of editorial decisions.

Be responsible for providing writers with sufficient information to enable the editorial brief to be met in respect of style, content, form and any other special considerations.

Where necessary, restructure and generate new storylines within your scripts.

Turn drafts around quickly and creatively and ensure all deadlines are met.

Where appropriate, refer to the Script Producer to resolve doubts or competing views that may arise in relation to the script at any time.

Co-ordinate and communicate all script changes to those concerned.

You’ll report to Sarah Beeson

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

Practical experience of television production and a demonstrable interest in television drama.

Experience dealing with drama script writers.

Experience of script reading and writing script reports with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper.

A broadly based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques. An understanding of script writers and the script writing process, including new writers. Experience of working with writers under pressure

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. The ability to communicate information effectively to a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC.

Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.

Familiarity with office and information technology.

An enthusiasm and interest in popular entertainment. A passion for drama: television, film, theatre and radio; especially Casualty.

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.

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application.  There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to.  Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage. 

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Length of contract: 12 Months

Grade/Band: Band B

Hours: Production

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.

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. 

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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