Creative Director, Factual Entertainment & Events (BBC Studios)

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 teams produce a wide breadth of content including; Top Gear, Countryfile, The One Show, Dragon’s Den, Morning Live, D Day Celebrations, See Hear, Gardener’s World, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, DIY SOS, Points of View, Commonwealth Observance Days, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, the prestigious Royal Ceremonial Event coverage and much more.


Role Responsibility

We are looking for a Bristol-based Creative Director to join the Factual Entertainment team as base lead across the South-West and Northern Ireland.  The teams in Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast make some of the Britain’s most watched and best loved programming including Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile and Gardeners World. Reporting to the Genre MD, the selected candidate will be a key asset to the future of the genre in the regions. This stimulating and varied role will include:  winning new business, providing a strategic approach to delivering new IP, providing senior level editorial support to existing teams and managing the financial and operational challenges that go along with building and growing a base for a future market.

The Ideal Candidate

This is an exciting opportunity and we are looking for a high performing candidate with proven and significant senior level experience (Senior Executive Producer / Base Lead / Creative Director and above) in  TV broadcast Factual Entertainment,  so please do not apply if you do not have this or have never worked across non-scripted Factual Entertainment content at this senior level.

Working from our Bristol offices and travelling between the sites in Cardiff and Northern Ireland, the selected candidate will drive new opportunities for Factual Entertainment & Events. They will be expected to bring strong commissioner relationships to the role and be responsible for recognising opportunities for collaboration both within the BBC and externally. Any experience in the production and development of content for SVOD and Digital platforms or pitching to and winning commissions with global broadcasters is also desirable.

A large part of this role will be to win new business from a range of channels and platforms as well as to oversee and cultivate our fantastic existing IP. The successful candidate will build on the existing strength of the portfolio across the bases and work with the existing team on the development and production of ideas. There will be significant responsibility to manage and nurture both on and off screen talent in all its diversity in order to acquire and develop the most talented creative people, leading by example to embed a peak performance and inclusive culture.

Ideal start date is April, although the notice period for the selected candidate will of course be considered.

Key Criteria

  • Must have extensive, recent and relevant TV broadcast non-scripted editorial experience at senior level (Senior Executive Producer / Base Lead / Creative Director and above) specifically within the Factual Entertainment realm.
  • A track record in creative and editorial achievement, launching a first-series and / or re-launching a non-scripted Factual Entertainment format to success.
  • Extensive experience of leading, managing the performance of both development and production teams in a multi-platform environment along with an ability to demonstrate positive and inclusive behaviours.
  • A commitment to creating both diverse content and a diverse 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.
  • Demonstrable experience with financial and budget planning/responsibility for non-scripted Factual Entertainment propositions, working closely with production management teams to keep multiple and complex shows within budget and delivered on time in a fast moving environment.


Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Bristol

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 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 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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