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Producer, A Wild Year

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

Job Introduction

Natural History Unit are looking for 2x Producers for 40 weeks work in total, spread over a 2 year period, starting in January 2018 and through to December 2019.

Inspired by the success of The Lake District this three part series brings a unique insight into the nature of three iconic parts of the British countryside.

There are a few special places in Britain, each with a unique character, that have a charming, almost comforting familiarity, yet in fact these places are full of secrets, known only to those that live there. They are defined by the essential relationship between the landscape, the wildlife and the way of life of the human inhabitants - each are inextricably linked, each shaped by the other – together these relationships have evolved over hundreds if not thousands of years.

These places may appear almost frozen in time, but hidden beneath the surface is a world driven by relentless change, marked by key milestones across the year. Some of these milestones are welcome, many are deeply challenging, but all create a driving rhythm of life, felt by the land, its people and its wildlife.

Role Responsibility

The Producer will lead and inspire a team to develop and deliver an episode of A Wild Year, ensuring that it achieves the highest creative and editorial standards, delivers on time and on budget, with adherence to BBC guidelines.

Are you the right candidate?

Essential skills -

  • Experience of producing visually stunning behaviour-rich natural history shows for a mainstream audience.
  • Evidence of strong directorial skills and ability to identifying key story lines.
  • Ability to work well collaboratively, sharing information and knowledge and working closely with the researcher in their team.
  • Experience of working closely with an editor on 60 minute programmes.
  • The ability to react appropriately to channel strategy/direction and to deliver to the changing requirements/brief of channel/commissioners/co-producers accordingly.
  • A track record in the successful management of budgets.
  • An interest in new camera technologies and techniques including experience of timelapse photography and its use in long form Natural History programming.
  • Able to manage complex shoots and understands the duty of care in general with regard to individuals’ wellbeing and in particular with regard to Health & Safety issues.
  • 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.

Ideal skills -

  • Experience of delivering high quality production values on a tight budget.
  • Experience of working on British Natural History programmes.
  • Knowledge of British countryside and rural life.
  • The ability to be self-sufficient and work unsupervised.

Package Description

Role - Producer

Production - A Wild Year

Based - Bristol


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