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Script Editor, CBBC Drama Independents

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

Job Introduction

BBC Children’s is the BBC in miniature – a 24 hour a day multi-platform service for children that blends high-quality comedy, sport, drama, factual, entertainment, news, most of which is home grown.

As the UK’s only public service broadcaster for kids, our job is to help inform, educate, entertain and inspire the UK’s 0-12s. We’re passionate about encouraging the next generation to be the most imaginative, most resilient and most curious they can be. Tomorrow’s authors, dancers, coders, nurses, engineers, inventors and citizens are our audiences of today. 

Role Responsibility

BBC Children’s requires an experienced script editor to perform all script editing duties on independent drama productions commissioned by CBBC and to help coordinate BBC pitching process for independent children’s dramas. Many of CBBC’s most successful dramas (eg MI High, Roy) are made by independent companies.

The Script Editor Independents works closely with the Senior Drama Producer Independents to ensure that the working relationship between CBBC and the drama producers is strong and productive and that the scripts for independent children’s drama productions are of the highest quality, conform to editorial briefs and are completed and delivered on schedule.

Our dramas are usually multi-platform deliveries, broadcasting on television as well as providing content for the CBBC website and we actively explore innovative narrative forms cross platform such as Dixi and Secret Life of Boys. The role involves working closely with producers and script editors on independent production teams, advising teams on network strategies and supervising story arcs, giving detailed notes on story-lines and scripts, and helping to co-ordinate the BBC pitch process for independent children’s drama.

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have knowledge of editorial and other compliance policies and a passion for and experience of digital storytelling.  They will have a thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging writing talent and take a creative approach to cross platform delivery of narrative.

The ideal candidate will show an understanding of copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications of the production process and appreciate the financial consequences of editorial decisions.  You must have a minimum of 2 years Script Editor experience preferably across a broad portfolio of output & excellent interpersonal/communication skills

Package Description

This role is offered as permanent, full-time position based in Salford

It is banded at Grade:  7P Continuing Staff Contract

Interview will take place W/C 11th or 18th April

About the BBC

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