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Script Editor, JoJo and Gran Gran - BBC Children's Animation, InHouse Productions

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

Job Introduction

Children’s InHouse Productions is the award-winning production arm of the UK’s foremost kids’ broadcaster, BBC Children’s. The acclaimed In House unit, with production bases in Salford and Glasgow, produces content across all genres for 0 to 12.

The team will be based in MediaCityUK, however candidates interested in remote working will also be considered for this position.

‘JoJo and Gran Gran’ follows the life of a four-year old girl called JoJo and her fun and wise grandmother Gran Gran, who looks after her while her parents are working.  Mixing beautiful animation with inspiring live action inserts, each episode follows the pair as they fill their day with fun activities and new experiences: from baking St Lucian Banana Bread to searching for Dinosaurs in the local Museum. 

The show celebrates the role of modern Grandparents in many kids’ lives through core themes of family, community but most importantly, love.

The team are looking for an experienced Script Editor to join the team.

Role Responsibility

  • Reporting mainly to the Series Producer, the successful candidate will mediate between the Writer's creative desires and the editorial needs of production.
  • As Script Editor you will evaluate scripts and give a different perspective. Your role is to help Writers and Producers realise the full potential of their storylines.
  • You will be responsible for managing a busy script schedule with several scripts in-play at any one time.  You will work to ensure that scripts run to schedule and flag if one is running behind.
  • The Script Editor will ensure quality of writing is consistently achieved throughout the production.
  • The Script Editor will work with the Series Producer to recruit the Writing team, helping to nurture new talent.  You will then build strong working relationships with a team of external Writers, providing clear notes and continuous support.
  • You will collaborate to arrange and be present in Writing Rooms, supporting the Series Producer with presentations and leading breakout spaces.
  • You will also liaise professionally with stakeholders and consultants to collate and interpret feedback on each script, helping to resolve contradictory notes.
  • As and when needed, the Script Editor will be responsible for polishing scripts and locking final drafts for approval with the Series Producer and Executive Producer.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience of writing or editing for animation, ideally for pre-school audiences.
  • Experience and ability to interpret notes from various stakeholders, contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.
  • An awareness of BBC editorial guidelines and other compliance policies – and in particular those of CBeebies or other pre-school brands.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide variety of internal and external partners, including a team of writers.
  • Experience supporting emerging writers through the whole script process with regular feedback, clear notes and the ability to recognise potential.  

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type:   FTC/attachment - mid Nov 2021 to end March 2022 - plus possible further extension to December 2022
Location: MediaCityUK - with some remote working (the team will be based in MediaCityUK, however candidates interested in remote working will also be considered for this position)

Please note - You will only be asked to submit a CV by way of application for this vacancy, and this CV will be the sole basis on which we initially review your application. We would therefore encourage you to approach your CV as an application, and to tailor it to highlight the skills and experience which we’ve talked about in this advert. We’d love to know not only about your most relevant experience and responsibilities in previous roles, but also any achievements, transferable skills, or areas of personal or professional interest that highlight why you’d be a great candidate for this role. 

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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