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Producer (River City)

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

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Scripted Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, River City and Doctors and Daytime Series & Serials such as Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway. 

Are you an experienced Story or Script Editor looking for your next challenge? Or a Producer looking for a change? This is fantastic opportunity to join the River City team.

Role Responsibility

  • To attend Commissioning meetings of episodes you are producing. You will ensure the serial storylines are realised to their full potential from commissioning to shooting script by effectively managing the development of the scripts within specified blocks from scene by scene documents to Shooting Script and beyond in conjunction with the Series Producer, Script Editor, Writer and Director for sign off by the Executive Producer.
  • To ensure dramatic standards of the required quality are achieved, within the legal, budgetary and timescale constraints.
  • To liaise with Line Producers and Scheduler to ensure that the schedule is achievable.
  • To be involved in the construction of production schedules in conjunction with the Line Producers, Scheduler and others as appropriate.  An understanding of how to schedule River City will be crucial.
  • To attend and lead HOD production meetings before filming begins on each block and monitor the progression of story material, communicating all changes to other producers so that these changes may be reflected in continuity of future storylines.
  • To ensure good relations and communications between the producers and script editors resolving story/script issues which arise post commissioning
  • To write character biographies and sample scenes for casting purposes as required. Initiating research into possible new story material or new characters.
  • To ensure that on-screen content reflects the diversity of British society and that ethnic and other groups are portrayed appropriately, in line with BBC Producer Guidelines.       
  • To offer ideas/support to the Director, to attend when necessary, rehearsals, shooting and post-production
  • Be able to communicate diplomatically and effectively with cast members discussing script on and off the set.
  • Attend grades and dubs.
  • Fill in Compliance forms in good time for Executive Producer sign off and seek advice from Editorial Policy regarding sensitive issues.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of the finished programme on time and within all BBC editorial guidelines.
  • Attend location recces
  • To be aware of on and off screen talent, offer suggestions to the Executive Producer and be involved in Casting and appointments of Directors, Writers, Editors etc. as appropriate.
  • To pro-actively seek new material/ talent and taking steps to identify new talent (writing, directing, production and acting talent) and keeping across new trends and talent within drama development and production.
  • To work with and delegate when appropriate to the Script Editors ensuring consistency and quality of editorial notes/research delivered to the writers is of the highest standard’.
  • Develop good working relationships with and knowledge of agents and their clients.
  • To be involved in the construction of production schedules in conjunction with the Line Producers, Scheduler and others as appropriate.
  • To be aware of the maintenance of health & safety standards throughout the production process and highlight anything of concern to the Line Producers or PM.
  • To ensure that day-to-day production expenditure is monitored in conjunction with the Line Producer, PM and Production Accountant.
  • To assess collaboratively with the Executive Producer and Line Producer the impact of decisions affecting the budget and schedule, to monitor expenditure levels, revising production schedules and managing expenditure as necessary within the budget.
  • To assess rushes, to identify and resolve problems in conjunction with the Director.

Are you the right candidate?

  • A thorough knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and other compliance policies, or has the desire to glean this knowledge quickly.
  • Understanding of the importance of the BBC's values in accuracy and impartiality.
  • A passion for and a great understanding of the area in which the role operates.
  • Strong track record in the area in which the role operates with a wide ranging knowledge of production processes.
  • Proven experience of the latest production techniques and technologies.
  • Excellent editorial judgement and knowledge of the target audience, their needs and expectations
  • Experience of influencing, negotiating and communicating effectively both internally and with external agencies/partners.                                                             
  • Ability to establish effective short and long term relationships with a wide range of people, talent, partners and agencies.
  • Highly developed planning and organising skills. Ability to manage several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  • Sound editorial judgement and a thorough knowledge of editorial and legal guidelines.
  • Proven experience of taking ideas from concept to finished product whilst driving forward creativity.
  • Able to lead the team to develop creative ideas which engage diverse audiences in a demanding creative environment
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team, and actively managing team performance, including talent.
  • Able to communicate and contribute to the department strategy as required.
  • An up to date knowledge of the BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations and use this to shape creative and engagement output.
  • Has the ability to consider a range of problems and uses own judgement to apply effective, time critical solutions.
  • Experience and knowledge of managing financial budgets and production schedules.

Package Description

1x 12 week Fixed Term Contract/Attachment 

About the BBC

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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