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Producers, VFX-based landmark, BBC Studios NHU

Job Introduction

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit (NHU) is the leading producer of wildlife programming, creating award-winning content with a world class reputation. 

Our output ranges from ambitious landmarks  for BBC One and iPlayer (Green Planet, Dynasties, and the forthcoming Frozen Planet II) to children’s programming (Deadly Dinosaurs and Andy’s Adventures), as well as ground-breaking adventure, formatted, presenter led, feature docs and event programming such as Endangered for Discovery Channel, Prehistoric Planet for Apple TV+ and live programming such as the BAFTA winning Springwatch for the BBC. 

Following on from the recent success of Prehistoric Planet, the NHU is embarking on a new, spectacular CGI-based super landmark about prehistoric animals.   

We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic producers to work on this major ground-breaking project focusing on prehistoric animals and their behaviour. 

Role Responsibility

Producers will need to be highly creative and organized 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.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Clear evidence of ambitious and compelling storytelling, including devising stories about animal behaviour from scratch – writing storylines and developing story scripts from initial ideas through to shooting scripts.
  • Knowledge of CGI and high-end VFX would be an advantage as would knowledge about the natural world and experience filming in worldwide locations.
  • An interest in prehistoric animals.
  • Clear evidence of ambitious natural history or ambitious VFX filmmaking and the skills, experience and talent to deliver this ambition.
  • Evidence of strong directorial skills and ability to identify key story lines.
  • Evidence of visual flair and a good storytelling technique.
  • Ability to work well in teams, 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 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.
  • Experience running large crews and complex shoots.
  • Able to be responsible for safety on location. Understands the duty of care in regard to individuals’ wellbeing and in particular with regard to 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/attachment
Location: Bristol

Working pattern: hybrid

Start date: Autumn 2022

Interviews are expected to be w/b 30/8/2022 in person or via Zoom

These roles are subject to greenlight.

At BBC Studios we have different types of workplaces; from production sets and locations, to offices, to our own homes, and on-the-go. Under our Hybrid Working model, where you work will depend on your role. The majority of our staff work in an Agile way, balancing their time between home and a BBC Studios base, as best suits the work they do and their personal circumstances.

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on resourcing@bbc.co.uk with ref: BBC/TP/126/62444 in the subject.

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