NHU Landmark Producer pool, BBC Studios Bristol

Job Introduction

BBC Studios Natural History Unit is developing several new landmark productions following on from the success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Primates. 

We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Landmark Producers to become part of a pool to be appointed as and when work starts on the new projects.

Each Producer will be highly creative and organised, with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to delivering outstanding content. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of budget and be a very good team player. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.

Role Responsibility

To work effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched and meets the BBC’s editorial standards.

To be involved in shaping the research of your film(s) with your team and setting up filming working closely at all times to the editorial brief of the Series Producer or Executive Producer.

Oversee the health and safety of your team’s shoot, often in highly specialised areas of filming.

To be responsible for the offline and online edits of your programmes, in the available time and within the allotted budget.

To write commentary script, direct commentary recordings and supervise post production, attending the dub and programme online as appropriate.

Oversee and manage associated digital content.

The Ideal Candidate

Clear evidence of ambitious natural history film making and the skills, experience and talent to deliver this ambition.

Experience of producing visually stunning behaviour-led, landmark natural history for a mainstream audience.

Evidence of strong directorial skills and ability to identifying key story lines.

Evidence of visual flair and strong and emotionally engaging, character led storytelling.

Ability to work well in teams; managing and sharing information and knowledge with editorial and production management colleagues in their team.

Experience of working closely with an editor on 60 minute programmes.

The ability to react appropriately to client strategy/direction and to deliver to the changing requirements/brief of commissioners.

A track record in the successful management of budgets.

An interest in and experience of new camera technologies as well as post-production techniques.

Able to manage complex and remote shoots and be responsible for safety on location. Understands ‘duty of care’ with regard to individuals’ wellbeing and production Health & Safety issues.

Track record of confident and sound editorial judgements with respect to subject matter, contributors, content, presentation, legal and editorial policy, coupled with appropriate referral to EP's/SP's.

Knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines.


Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Fixed term
Location: Bristol

Joining our Landmark Producer pool will enable you to be offered work as and when opportunities arise. Appointment to the pool will not entitle candidates to permanent contracts in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

Interviews will be via Zoom in Feb 2021.

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.

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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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