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Development Assistant Producer - Unscripted, BBC Studios

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

Job Introduction

The Development Assistant Producer will work as part of a successful development team based in BBC Studios’ Bristol base. This role will be responsible for generating factual-entertainment and popular factual programme ideas.

These roles will contribute creative ideas and requires a thorough knowledge of the industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Role Responsibility

  • To support the development, management and creation content on a variety of platforms.
  • To work effectively with other departments, suppliers & partners (internal & external) ensuring the BBC maintains excellent relationships throughout.
  • To ensure all content is of a first class standard: thoroughly researched and accurate, in-keeping with audience needs and expectations.
  • To ensure that output complies with BBC editorial, technical, design and accessibility standards, and that BBC Health and Safety policy is observed.
  • To be technically proficient to the requirements of the role.
  • Direct and coordinate resources in a busy, production environment.
  • Nurture and develop junior members of the team
  • To ensure BBC output reflects the needs of our audiences.
  • Creative self-starter with initiative and tenacity and ability to see how their work fits in with the wider needs of department.
  • To use a variety of specialist production skills in a multi-skilled environment. 

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working as part of a successful development team, ideally generating factual-entertainment and popular factual programme ideas, in particular formats; together with a demonstrable wider interest in all genres of television and a thorough knowledge of the industry, both in the UK and internationally.

We are looking for a proven track record of spotting strong programme ideas and writing compelling and editorially robust  treatments for them; demonstrating strong editorial judgement, excellent scripting, structuring and story-telling skills. 

The ability to transform these documents into eye-catching, confidently produce proposals, in both short and long form, using Keynote (or other similar software) is also desirable.

The successful candidate will have experience of editing compelling sizzles from specially shot/archive material using Premiere and the ability to self-shoot would be a bonus. 

Previous experience in negotiating and gaining access to institutions, casting contributors and working with talent is essential for this role.

You should have effective planning/organising skills, the ability to manage several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.

The ability to work effectively both independently and with senior leads: participating collaboratively in group brainstorms and supporting other members of the team where required is also required for this role.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 months Fixed Term Contract / Attachment
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 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, 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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