*Please note the additional Career Path Framework specification is a generic and overall overview. The word document Appendix is most closely linked to this roles activities *
BBC Writersroom’s driving principle is to expand the range and reach of the BBC’s Drama, Comedy and Children’s output; we particularly champion new writing talent and diversity.
BBC Writersroom uniquely works across radio, television, and online platforms, for all networks.
Together with our cultural partners inside and outside the BBC, we set up and implement development projects for new and experienced writers, BBC Commissioning, and production departments - including BBC Studios, in-house and Indies - across the UK.
Within this role you will be supporting the Head of BBC Writersroom in developing and implementing strategic aims. You will do this by:
Identifying new writing talent. This involves setting up and supporting BBC Writersroom talent searches, both unsolicited and targeted; viewing new Drama and Comedy across all platforms; attending live theatre and comedy; liaising with industry contacts and new writing organisations.
Critically evaluating ideas, scripts and writers against a variety of criteria, making judgment on their potential, applying an in-depth understanding of commercial demands and creative considerations
Developing and championing writing talent, including both new and more experienced writers, and facilitating ways to bring them into the BBC. This will include maintaining a comprehensive database of writers, and offering them opportunities and support as appropriate.
Acting as an internal agent, liaising with and influencing key editorial figures in different BBC departments, and Independent companies, including Commissioners, Executive Producers and Heads of Development, and ensuring regular communication and exchange of information; working with them to help meet their strategic needs by suggesting new writers, and developing projects with them for their Development Slates.
Being pro-active in designing and taking lead responsibility for key projects in London and across the UK, while assisting on initiatives led by other members of the team. These may include: residential workshops for writers to develop pitches for specific Drama or Comedy briefs; shadow schemes; targeted talent searches; workshop programmes; Writer-in-residence placements; the production of short-form dramas and comedies to showcase new talent.
Taking specific responsibility for: the Drama Room writers’ development group; the next call-out for unsolicited drama scripts, including the management of the e-submissions system and the reading team; a major new initiative for writers with disabilities; the London Voices writers’ group; and more.
Working with external cultural organisations including theatres and screen agencies to generate partnership projects.
Being an ambassador for BBC Writersroom. This will include speaking at events internal and external to the BBC, running masterclasses and workshops, contributing to BBC Writersroom’ s social media.
Working as an innovator and producer of new content for online platforms
The Ideal Candidate
- A very extensive knowledge and understanding of the current writing community, particularly emerging writers.
- A wide knowledge and understanding of the current Drama and Comedy landscape, including broadcast (BBC, other UK and International), on-line, and live.
- Good contacts with professionals and organisations across the industry
- Strong Editorial judgment
- Experience of working professionally with writers, with a wide-ranging perspective across theatre, television, radio, film, new media.
- Experience of developing scripts through to production.
- An entrepreneurial spirit, and positive attitude
- Proven ability to deliver complex projects to deadlines and within budget.
- Proven experience of contributing successful ideas to productions/projects.
- Experience of running workshops and communicating ideas and skills to both new and experienced writers. Willing and able to present confidently and professionally in public.
USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Event programming and producing festivals
- Drama or Comedy Production for TV, radio or on-line
Fixed Term Contract/Attachment
Please note interviews for this role will take place on the 12th 13th July
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 very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.
The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.
The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.
The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.