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Script Editor, Drama Development - BBC Children's

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is the leading Children's broadcaster in the UK. We are proud of the award winning content we make across all platforms television, online, radio, apps, YouTube, social media and more. BBC Children's is committed to offering the best cross-platform and on-demand service for all UK children, providing a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to the under 16's. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives.

BBC Children’s In-House Drama Team is responsible for a wide range of multi-platform drama and comedy including The Dumping Ground, 4 O’Clock Club, Hetty Feather, The Worst Witch, Katy, Molly and Mack and Creeped Out as well as a number of newly commissioned productions.

The Scripted Development team identifies and develops new ideas for drama and comedy for 0-16s.  We are looking for an experienced Script Editor to join our team, to focus on two new commissioned dramas.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with the Development Producer on the detailed development and script editing of two new dramas.  Princess Mirror-Belle, a live action adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s book series, for 5-7 year olds and an adaptation of a very well-known book brand as comedy drama for 3-6 year olds. 

The aim is to follow one of these titles through from development to production, as Script Editor.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have production drama script editing experience as well as a passion for children’s drama and comedy. 

You’ll have excellent communication skills and experience of working closely with writers to develop scripts from initial idea to final script. A fluent writing style is important (for notes, synopses etc). 

Desirable experience includes working on adaptations and previous experience of working on content for a children’s audience.

You’ll have plenty of initiative, be able to adapt quickly to new challenges and enjoy working within a small, busy team.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 1 x FTC / Attachment from July 2019 - March 2020 (9 months)
Location: MediaCityUK, Salford

Please note that interviews are due to be held on w/c 10th June 2019.

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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.

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, sexuality, social 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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