Development Producer - EastEnders

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Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television.  These range from continuing dramas such as Casualty, Doctors, River City, Pobol Y Cwm, Holby City and EastEnders to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Doctor Who, to name just a few!

Role Responsibility

As the Development Producer you will report to the Executive Producer at EastEnders to develop and manage a strategy for finding and supporting new creative talent onto the series.  You will be responsible for developing and managing a strategy for finding new creative talent in the form of Writers, Directors, Script Editors, Assistant Script Editors, Researchers and Script Coordinators into the department as well as developing the overall strategy for the various Drama Shadow Schemes and training as required. You will also be required to support them practically and editorially as they are introduced to the requirements of the show.

The nature of the role can involve long and unpredictable work patterns and pressure to meet tight schedules.  Therefore you will need to have a flexible approach to their working day.

  • Design and execute a sophisticated development strategy in conjunction with the exec producer which attracts new talent to the show and searches out new audiences.  
  • Be the key point of contact between Production and the creative community.
  • Read subs, respond and write rejection letters relating to all levels of submissions.
  • Proactively undertake research to identify and develop new ideas/materials and new talent, through keeping abreast of UK TV drama and theatre.
  • Sourcing ideas and developing high quality programme shadow scripts.
  • Maintaining a database of contacts, spec scripts, and showreels.
  • Demonstrate editorial judgment and skills by supporting the editorial and production teams with current developments.
  • Tracking all projects on the slate and any new developments.
  • Organising materials and ideas for development initiatives - brainstorms, away-days, workshops etc.
  • Design engaging strategies which allow EastEnders to develop fresh relationships with undiscovered talent from schools, colleges and training organisations.

The Ideal Candidate

This is a producer role that requires a self-starting individual with a demonstrable track record in Continuing Drama Series and/or TV drama and literary knowledge. A knowledge of EastEnders is an advantage. You must have experience of script editing and developing scripts through to production as well as experience of running workshops and communicating/presenting ideas and skills to new writers / talent. A passion for finding and developing new voices is a must.

A thorough knowledge of script sources, emerging talent and a general understanding of copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process are crucial to being a successful Development Producer as well as having an established network of contacts within the TV and theatre industry.


Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 12 month attachment / FTC
Location: London

**Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week **

**Please note that this is a generic job description for a Development Producer. This advert is for a Development Producer on EastEnders and the full requirements and specific duties to this role can be found below**

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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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.

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