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Creative Director, Factual Entertainment & Events - BBC Studios (London)

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

Job Introduction

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 biggest  and best loved brands in global content 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 London-based Creative Director to join the Factual Entertainment and Events team on a permanent basis to focus on the production and development of IP for the US markets, and both UK and US SVOD and Digital platforms. Driving and delivering on new IP and helping to oversee the development process to create the next generation of Factual Entertainment formats, the selected candidate will provide editorial direction and a solid and experienced business leadership to our production teams, progressing projects from original ideas through to commissions and delivery.

Please bear in mind that we will only consider candidates with previous experience at a very senior level (Executive Producer and above) in the Factual Entertainment sphere so please do not apply if you do not have this experience. 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.

Start date is April, notice period considered.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Genre MD and working closely with Creative Director of Development and the wider team, the selected candidate will be expected to generate opportunities and convert IP in this increasingly valuable market. The selected candidate will be driving and expanding a growing slate and providing a fresh approach to producing content focused on the SVOD and Digital space. They will also provide senior expertise on pilots and first series and encourage the implementation of a Digital angle with new IP coming from the development team. Working closely with the Executive Producers, Series Producers and Heads of Department, you will continue to build upon and expand our in-house production slate as well as build further opportunities to collaborate in our output. You will need to develop ideas that translate to the right platform and therefore reach and satisfy the target audience.

The selected candidate will be able to demonstrate strong commissioner relationships and delivery across SVOD and Digital platforms and be knowledgeable about what these potential clients are looking for. They will be tasked with proactively engaging with on-screen talent and potential partners across the industry in order to bolster a strategic growth plan in this area.

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 in the SVOD/Digital space but we would also like to hear from those who have significant experience across a range of channels and platforms here in the UK and US. Experience pitching to or winning commissions with global broadcasters is also desirable.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for a candidate who has extensive TV broadcast editorial experience at Creative Director or Senior 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 and also have significant experience working across SVOD / Digital markets with a keen eye on or experience of working with US Broadcasters and platforms. This role is accountable for winning business and the editorial quality of the output. In partnership with colleagues the Creative Director will be expected to manage the financial and operational challenges that go along with working in this developing and lucrative area.

You will bring extensive experience of senior leadership and managing complex 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 judgement about ideas based on an understanding of target audience, channels needs and a thorough understanding of the BBC’s editorial guidelines, you will also be responsible for recognising opportunities for collaboration within the BBC and externally. With a strong track record of establishing and developing a broad range of relationships you will take responsibility of expanding the slate of work for the business.

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 Producer Creative Director or Executive level, specifically within the Factual Entertainment realm.

Must have significant experience working across SVOD / Digital markets.

Must have significant experience of working with US Broadcasters and platforms.

Must have proven business winning experience for major networks and 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 judgment 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.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

  • 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.

About the BBC

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.

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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