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Script Editor, Commissioning Team - BBC Childrens

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Job Introduction

Come on......be a part of an amazing team. 

BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions requires an experienced script editor to perform script editing duties on independent drama and comedy productions commissioned for the 7+ audience, and to co-ordinate and contribute to development of independent children’s scripted content. 

This is a brilliant opportunity to play a key role in commissioning for this most important of audiences.

Many of CBBC’s most successful scripted shows (e.g. Jamie Johnson, Malory Towers, So Awkward) are made by independent companies.  The Script Editor, Independents works closely with the Commissioning Editor, Drama Independents to ensure that the working relationship between CBBC and independent producers is strong and productive and that the independent drama and comedy scripts are of the highest quality, conform to editorial briefs and are completed and delivered on schedule.  

The script editor will also work on development projects, identifying content and writers with potential, ensuring that our slate and existing productions are representative and include creatives from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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 content.

Role Responsibility

The Script Editor will:

  • Maintain an awareness of emerging writing talent across different platforms, seeking new material and taking steps to identify and encourage new writing talent, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Form effective working relationships with producers, script editors and writing teams on independent children’s drama and comedy in production and development.
  • Be responsible for providing writers/script editors with sufficient information to enable the editorial brief to be met in respect of style, content, form and any other special considerations and give detailed script notes on behalf of the Commissioning team.
  • Where necessary to restructure and generate new storylines, working closely with independent script editors and producers, and ensuring the consistent treatment of established characters.
  • Liaising regularly with external script editors and producers, turn drafts around quickly and creatively and ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Attend story and commissioning meetings as necessary and contribute critical comments and creative suggestions.
  • Ensure that drama and comedy output reflects the diverse nature of our audience.
  • Liaise with the commissioning team and co-ordinate proposals for independent children’s drama and comedy.
  • Ensure any digital creative narrative is considered and delivered alongside the television product.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a creative individual who is absolutely passionate that our content reflects our diverse audience. You will bring an ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with independent production teams, alongside a high level of TV script editing experience that allows you to analyse dramatic material across a range of genres. You will have the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and resolution of script problems. You should have clear enthusiasm for the Children’s audience and a broad understanding of content. You should also be passionate about seeking out and developing the potential of emerging writing talent, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

An existing understanding of television production, copyright law and the legal implications of the production process, alongside the financial consequences of editorial decisions, would be beneficial. 

For the full job description please refer to the appendix of the attached document.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: MediaCity, Salford/hybrid working


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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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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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