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Head of Development - BBC Films

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Job Introduction

The Head of Development is a key member of the BBC Films team, reporting to the Head of BBC Films. You will work closely with the Head of BBC Films and commissioning Executive, supporting them editorially on a project by project basis, acting as a sounding board and talent tracker more widely & ensuring executives are supported in their role within the team to deliver the overall creative ambition for Film Commissioning. 

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with the Director of BBC Films and Commissioning Executive to find high quality projects to develop and convert to production.  As a key priority you will find and encourage diverse stories and voices for BBC Films.  You will track new projects and seek out and engage with exciting new talent. You will produce key editorial notes to an extremely high standard and in a timely fashion. 

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for someone with a thorough understanding of the UK Film industry, with an extensive network of contacts in the UK and abroad.  This is a senior role. You will have sound editorial judgement, excellent development and written skills and will also have a strong understanding of the production process.   The ideal candidate will be dynamic and able to spot new opportunities.  You will have a proven track record of identifying, developing and promoting talent and the very best ideas. You will have knowledge of and appetite for other creative disciplines, particularly literature and including theatre, art, documentary and television.  You will have a good understanding of the domestic and international market, and the ability to identify material including books, and talent that can resonate with UK and international audiences. A passion for Film is essential.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: 12 Month FTC - Maternity Cover
Location: London

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 BBC

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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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