Creative Director - Factual Entertainment & Events, BBC Studios (Glasgow)
BBC Studios is the most awarded Production Company and the biggest independent producer in the UK. The Factual Entertainment and Events team produce some of the best loved global brands including; Top Gear, The One Show, Dragon’s Den, Celebrity Painting Challenge, Junior Doctors, D Day Celebrations, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, the prestigious Royal Ceremonial Event coverage and much more.
We are looking for a Glasgow-based Creative Director to join the Factual Entertainment and Events team on a permanent basis to focus on the growth of the base and start to build more capability in the market. We’re a new but rapidly growing genre with some of the best people on our teams. Key to the future of the genre in the nations, the selected candidate will be tasked with winning business, providing a strategic approach to delivering new IP in the market as well as being the base lead for existing teams. We are looking for a high performing candidate who will drive new opportunities from this base and is experienced in both business leadership and progressing projects from original idea through to commission and delivery.
Please bear in mind that we will only consider candidates with previous experience at a very senior level (Senior / Executive Producer and above) in the Factual Entertainment sphere so please do not apply if you do not have this experience.
Start date is April, notice period considered.
Reporting to the Genre MD and working closely with Creative Director of Development and wider team, the selected candidate will be expected to seek out and manage content production opportunities in an increasingly valuable market. The selected candidate will actively contribute to the development process for new and existing IP that can be produced from the region. Working closely with the Executive Producers, Series Producers and Heads of Department across the division, you will continue to build upon and expand our existing production slate to create a sustainable business for the future.
This role will support growth for the genre in Scotland and provide strong senior leadership on behalf of the MD for Factual Entertainment and Events. Participating in development across the division to ensure it continues to produce award winning and genre defining content for major broadcasters and platforms. The selected candidate will play a key part in the strategic growth plans for the business and will have experience leading key business wins in the TV broadcast sector as well as strong commissioner relationships, particularly regional commissioner relationships, to go with it. Any experience in the production and development of content for SVOD and Digital platforms is also desirable.
The role will require you to be a strong leader with experience of managing budgets, who can mentor and lead teams in the development and production of idea and pitch these to commissioners across the industry. You will also be responsible for managing and nurturing talent on and off screen, leading by example to deliver great content and a inclusive enjoyable culture.
The ideal candidate will bring previous, senior level (Executive Producer and above) experience producing content in the unscripted Factual Entertainment realm. They will be experienced business winners who have contributed significantly to commissioned formats in the Factual Entertainment genre, ideally across a range of channels and platforms. Experience pitching to or winning commissions with global broadcasters is also desirable.
The chosen candidate will have experience in; working cross-departmentally, line managing multiple teams and the administrative tasks associated with a position of this level. They will have proven editorial skills and a thorough understanding and experience of managing content in terms of Editorial Policy, Commercial Policy, Producers Guidelines, Technical Standards and Health and Safety and must have excellent communication skills to ensure relationships with teams inside and outside of the BBC and BBC Studios remains effective. The selected candidate will be adaptable and resilient to be able to cope with the pressure of helping to win business, managing the demands of a high volume of work, meeting tight deadlines and progressively managing a team. A commitment to creating both diverse content and a staff base to reflect our audiences is a must, as well as being aware of the BBC’s Equal Opportunities policy to ensure we are following best practice.
Are you the right candidate?
We are looking for a candidate who has extensive TV broadcast editorial experience at Creative Director or Executive Producer level, specifically within the Factual Entertainment realm so please do not apply if you do not have this or have never worked across Factual Entertainment programming at this senior level.
You will bring extensive experience in managing production and editorial teams along with a strong background in delivering exceptional content in the genre. This role is accountable for winning business and the editorial quality of the output from the region. In partnership with colleagues across Factual Entertainment & Events, the Creative Director will be expected to manage the financial and operational challenges that go along with building and growing a base in a future market.
You will bring extensive experience of senior leadership and managing teams at all levels and have a strong background in delivering exceptional content in the Factual Entertainment genre. Exceptional communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively with peers, channel controllers, commissioners and key talent you; will provide a strong lead and a supportive environment in which to work.
Demonstrating sound editorial and business judgement based on an understanding of target audience and channel needs you will also be responsible for recognising opportunities for collaboration across the industry.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone ready to take the helm of a key part of the growth of a wider division within BBC Studios. The ideal candidate will have proven editorial skills and a thorough understanding and experience of managing content in terms of Editorial Policy, Commercial Policy, Producers Guidelines, Technical Standards and Health and Safety and must have excellent communication skills to ensure relationships with teams inside and outside of the BBC and BBC Studios remains effective. You must be adaptable and resilient to be able to cope with the pressure of helping to win business, managing the demands of a high volume of work, meeting tight deadlines and managing a team. A commitment to creating both diverse content and a staff base to reflect our audiences is a must, as well as being aware of the BBC’s Equal Opportunities policy to ensure we are following best practice.
Must have extensive TV broadcast editorial experience at Creative Director or Executive Producer level, specifically within the Factual Entertainment realm.
Previous, senior level (Executive Producer and above) experience producing content in the unscripted Factual Entertainment realm.
Must have proven business winning experience for major networks and / or platforms along with a thorough knowledge of the industry marketplace.
Proven experience of contributing significantly to commissioned formats in the Factual Entertainment genre.
Extensive experience of leading and inspiring both development and production teams in a multi-platform environment and an ability to demonstrate strong managerial skills and positive behaviours.
Proven ability leading and managing the performance of teams at a senior level, across both editorial and production management; developing and driving new ways of working and being responsible for the performance of teams.
Effective planning and organising skills with the ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
Must have proven experience in financial and budget planning/responsibility, working closely with production management teams to keep multiple and complex shows within budget, along with a demonstrable ability to provide strong editorial judgement in a fast moving environment.
Must have proven and established commissioner relationships across a breadth of broadcasters and platforms.
A track record in creative and editorial achievement, launching a first-series and / or re-launching a format to success is desired.
Experience managing on-screen talent is desired.
Contract type: Permanent
- 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 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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BBC Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production and distribution of bold, British, content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, operate in 22 markets globally and generate revenue of £1.4bn, returning around £200m profit to BBC public Service each year. In the UK, BBC Studios enables audiences to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands outside the licence fee-funded window on alternative platforms, through a range of partnerships, and in multiple formats, from products and magazines to events and experiences.
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