Executive Producer - BBC Studios Audio
This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving audio production company in the heart of BBC Studios. Based out of the iconic Television Centre building in Wood Lane in London you will manage a group of award-winning audio producers who specialise in making comedy and entertainment content for Radio 4, BBC Sounds and beyond. This is a chance to champion the work of new and emerging talent as well as work with some of the all-time greats and help producers fulfil their potential and deliver the best possible results. We are at a period of growth where we are exploring new commercial opportunities and you can be part of the team that lead that new direction, as well as ensuring the shows that we deliver to Radio 4 are of the highest possible quality.
BBC Studios is a global TV and Audio production company that makes a range of much-loved programmes in Drama, Entertainment, Natural History, Factual and Comedy. Our TV titles include Blue Planet and Dynasties, Strictly Come Dancing, This Country, EastEnders, Inside No.9, Dr Who, Top Gear, Silent Witness and Luther. There is an opportunity to work closely with TV colleagues – after all this is the department that has over the years seen Little Britain, Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop and The League of Gentlemen make the transition from radio to TV with new shows coming to TV soon!
The team currently produce about 150 hours of radio and audio content yearly including satire, stand-up, sketch, panel, sit-com, drama, chat and factual entertainment.
We produce hugely popular titles such as 'The News Quiz', ‘Dead Ringers’, ‘Newsjack’ and 'Just a Minute' alongside shows like 'Tez Talks', 'Sindhustan', 'Sarah Kendalls' Australian Trilogy', ‘Phil Ellis is Trying’, the ‘BBC New Comedy Award’, Sophie Willan’s Guid to Normality’, Darren Harriott: Black Label’, 'Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar' and 'Daliso Chaponda's Citizen of Nowhere'.
Podcast-wise we also produce Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, Inside Inside No. 9, But..Where Are You Really From, Eddie Hearn: No Passion No Point and Susan Calman's Mrs Brightside with various others under commission and in development for BBC Sounds and beyond. Expansion in the podcast space is a key objective for the team and we’d love you to bring insight of work in this area.
- To help lead the audio team within BBC Studios and make it a place where everyone wants to do their best work.
- To tactfully and creatively feedback on producers’ ideas, scripts, casting and edits.
- To make outstanding and entertaining shows and inspire others to make great content via your own examples.
- To be an expert in radio and podcasting and be alert to ideas with potential for TV transfer.
- To be a smart and friendly team leader who can take feedback and challenges in their stride and lead by example.
Key Creative Responsibilities
- To encourage your team to create compelling content that audiences love.
- To find exciting entertaining talent and help them make their best work.
- Experience and expertise of working with narrative scripts and help structure plot and storytelling and give notes to producers and writers.
- To be creatively ambitious, pushing for creativity and innovation in content.
- To understand the tone and nature of podcasts and offer guidance and feedback with confidence on developing podcast ideas.
- To enjoy the process of solving problems, and find solutions with humour and energy.
- To create an atmosphere within teams where new ideas are encouraged and are constantly created and developed.
- To facilitate collaborative working with TV and digital colleagues and make the most of our talent and content.
Key Team Leadership Responsibilities
- To exemplify the behaviours and skills they expect from others
- To be outward looking and actively collaborate with partners inside and outside the BBC
- To provide positive leadership and embrace change
- To lead by example and give candid and constructive feedback to the team
- To champion diversity on and off air and nurture fledging producer talent
Key Team Management Responsibilities
- To be across show budgets and ensure that producers plan their time effectively
- To inspire, encourage and develop staff members
- To set objectives for their teams and actively manage performance
- To ensure content is compliant within editorial and legal guidelines and to a general high standard.
Are you the right candidate?
- Evidence and experience of leadership and management.
- Experience of giving feedback at development, script and edit stage.
- Extensive experience of making a variety of audio content with a passion for what you do
- Proven ability to initiate original ideas that lead to commissions as well as developing and working with new talent.
- Demonstrates understanding of podcast space and its difference to radio, and its importance to our future.
- There is a preference for expertise in audio comedy, entertainment or drama BUT if you satisfy other criteria and have transferable audio skills from say, journalism or docs but also have a passion for podcasts and a personal love of comedy, drama or entertainment then we would still like to hear from you.
- To be open to new ideas and motivate colleagues to take creative risks.
- Demonstrates the ability to manage emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations or needing to make difficult decisions.
- To be alert to commercial opportunities as well as an understanding of the Radio 4 comedy landscape.
Contract type: 12 month Fixed Term Contract / Attachment
Location: London TVC
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