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Head of Development, Drama. London

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

Job Introduction

The Head of Development reports to the Head of Drama, Hilary Salmon, and works in close collaboration with the Development team to originate ideas and drive forward development and the creative vision for their hub.

The role is responsible for developing projects independently and with the Executive Producers, which fit the overall Drama strategy, with the aim of securing commissions from a variety of broadcasters for the hub.

Role Responsibility

  • To implement the development strategy alongside the Head of Drama
  • To communicate and meet with agents, writers, producers, directors; showing a high level of awareness of the television market in the UK and internationally, and articulating the current development strategy for BBC Studios Drama, whilst constantly displaying a knowledge of individual channel needs and editorial guidelines within the BBC
  • To identify, foster and nurture new and existing writing talent through both direct contact and Agents, making sure that BBC Studios is courting the best voices at all levels of experience
  • To read and assess commissioned scripts/treatments and also newly submitted ideas/scripts, attending read throughs, script meetings and storylining days when needed
  • To demonstrate sound editorial judgment about ideas based on an understanding of target audience, channels’ needs and a thorough understanding of the editorial guidelines in the BBC
  • To ensure the efficient, effective management and communication of the development slate, making sure that deadlines and developments are kept to the schedule
  • To conceive and develop strong original ideas for BBC Drama, exploring opportunities that deliver a diverse range of proposals of quality and distinction, filtering these new ideas to the Head of Drama
  • To proactively identify and develop new material and new talent, through keeping abreast of UK and US television drama, regular theatre going, attending Film Festivals where possible, and awareness of the book market.
  • To deputise for the Head of Drama as point of liaison for Worldwide, BBC Content, Copyright, Commissioning etc where necessary.
  • To organise materials and ideas for development initiatives- brainstorms, away days, workshops etc.

Are you the right candidate?

  • A passion for Drama with an extensive knowledge and experience of film and television output and an awareness of material currently in development and potential gaps.
  • A current in-depth knowledge of the European and US film scene from key creative to distributors
  • Knowledge of key agents and new talent within the industry, with ability to develop strong working relationships with agents and talent.
  • Knowledge of script/talent sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent in particular BAME talent.
  • Knowledge of and experience of working with established talent with the aim of bringing their best ideas to BBC Studios.
  • An understanding of and the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.
  • Experience of script reading and writing script reports with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper.
  • Familiarity with protocol and organisation of film festivals and markets.
  • An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions
  • A broad based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques.
  • Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • A high standard of literacy
  • Fully conversant with office computer systems and ability to plan and organise databases as required.
  • Experience of management of database information and producing appropriate management information and reports

Package Description

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television.  Drama London makes  returning shows such as Silent Witness, Luther and Our Girl as well as the forthcoming BBC 2 series MotherFatherSon. 

About the BBC

Please note that the interviews will take place on the week of 18th March

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We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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