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Commissioner Development Programme - Drama

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Job Introduction

BBC Drama develops and commissions programmes that connect audiences everywhere with the full range of Drama in the UK. We are also committed to showcasing new talent and commissioning new drama.

The Drama commissioning team is looking for someone with a genuine passion for Drama programming and an instinctive feel for storytelling to join their team. The ideal candidate will have current experience in Drama on which to build with this placement.

We commission a wide range of popular dramas – from long running favourites such as EastEnders and Doctor Who through to ambitious and award winning series A Very English Scandal, Bodyguard, Luther, and Informer and as well as exciting new high end co-productions like His Dark Materials and Giri/Haji. We work with some of the foremost drama companies, writers and directing talent in the industry, both new and established. 

Role Responsibility

In addition to the general objectives for the Commissioner Development Programme, through a placement in Drama commissioning team you can expect to: 

·     Develop an understanding of how to ensure commissions are based on a sound understanding of cost, quality, delivery date, rights exploitation and funding needs.

·     Develop an understanding of how to engage suppliers of Drama programming in the development process, learning how to spot a good idea and how to work with suppliers to develop it; and then how to pitch it and build on/communicate the feedback.

·     Develop creative leadership skills by shadowing the team across the development, commissioning and production process, building on your understanding of current trends and issues within the broadcasting industry and awareness of output across the whole of the BBC, as well as that of our competitors. 

·     Develop and understanding of how to engage with producers and agents and understand ways in which it is possible to widen the pool of potential talent (on and off screen). 

·     Gain an appreciation of Drama’s strategy for nurturing under-represented voices and talent; with particular focus on our Nations and the range of communities within.  

·     Learn how to give clear briefs to suppliers on what is required for the Drama commissioning strategy.

·     Move around the wider commissioning team to gain further knowledge eg external communications, compliance, legal, audiences and marketing. Build on an understanding of a multi-platform approach to commissioning including digital, particularly short form and social media, and audio.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal individual for this development programme will have a keen interest in understanding the commissioning process along with strong programme making experience and sound editorial judgement.

You will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills - able to relay contentious decisions. 

You will also display:

·     Obsessive about Drama and telling stories – both BBC, and other; past, present and future

·     Experience of working in Drama, or fields related to Drama (e.g. Film, IP developement)

·     Knowledge of different platforms and an interest in telling stories in innovative ways

·     A self-motivated and a confident communicator

·     A strong sense of what they think makes a good story, and what a young BBC viewer would want to watch

·     Ambition to progress to a senior role in Drama commissioning


Package Description

Contract type: 6 month Development Opportunity
Location: London W1A1AA

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.

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, 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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