Senior Development Producer (Comedy & Comedy Drama Content)

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios is the home of British comedy and is responsible for many of the greatest programmes of all time. The Office. Absolutely Fabulous. Monty Python. This Country. The Thick Of It. From nurturing new voices to partnering with the country’s leading writers and performers, BBC Studios has been creating era-defining comedy for half a century - and continues to do so today.

BBC Studios’ impact on the biggest global platforms can be seen in our hell-raising, multi award-winning epic Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman for Amazon, and Trying, written by Andy Wolton for Apple – the latter stars Rafe Spall and Esther Smith and was the platform’s first British release.

Recent productions include Charlie and Daisy May Cooper’s BAFTA award-winning comedy This Country, which has now achieved over 55 million requests on BBC iPlayer, along with Diane Morgan's directorial debut, Mandy and a third series of award-winning sketch show Famalam. The multi award-winning Inside No. 9 continues BBC Studios’ successful collaboration with Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton following the iconic The League of Gentlemen.

The release of Liam Williams’ Ladhood and Gbemisola Ikumelo’s Brain In Gear demonstrates BBC Studios’ ongoing passion for discovering and cultivating new voices – just as we did with The Day Today, which launched the careers of Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci, and The Office, the debut series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

BBC Studios' commitment to representing all corners of the UK – and making them laugh – is evident in classics from Only Fools and Horses and Goodness Gracious Me to Blackadder and The Young Ones, and today in the likes of Mrs Brown's Boys, voted the most popular sitcom of the 21st Century by Radio Times and winner of five National Television Awards, and long-running hit Two Doors Down.

Beyond the screen, we produce a wide range of award-winning radio comedy and podcasts. From longstanding shows like Just A Minute and On the Hour to critically acclaimed contemporary series like Sarah Kendall’s Australian Trilogy and Rose & Rosie: Parental Guidance for Spotify.

Role Responsibility

As Senior Development Producer, you will work alongside the Head Of Comedy to progress the development strategy to match the evolving vision and ambitions of TV focused Comedy and Comedy Drama content, for both half hour and hour long formats. This role will act as a key point of contact with book scouts and publishers and have an ambassadorial role with the talent agents.

Your primary role will be to proactively develop new projects with established and emerging talent. You will act as a delegate to the Head of Comedy for commissioner and writer meetings and give script notes to writers & provide script reports to Head of Comedy.  

This role will involve line managing junior roles in the Editorial team and keeping the whole team on track with updating all developments on the slate with up to date status information whilst also running the development team meetings, lead on brainstorming, respond to pitch initiatives and tender processes.

The Ideal Candidate

This is a brand that opens doors and we are seeking a Senior Development Producer who thinks big and is as ambitious as we are whilst being programme-maker hungry for results and innovation.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

  • Experience of Senior Development Producer roles with a number of Comedy credits
  • Excellent knowledge of both UK and International markets and trends
  • Excellent talent relationships with on Onscreen, Writer, HoD, and Agent contacts
  • Experience of line managing junior roles within an Editorial team
  • Experience of running development team meetings
  • Experience of leading brainstorming, responses to pitch initiatives and tendering processes
  • Experience of developing new projects with established and emerging talent
  • Experience of tracking developments on the slate and providing up to date status information
  • You will be passionate about Comedy and Comedy Drama and have a wealth of knowledge to bring to the team


Package Description

Contract type:                      12 Months FTC/ Attachment – MATERNITY COVER

Band:                                    D

Location:                              TVC, London

**Please note that this is a generic job description for a Development Producer. However, this advert is for a Senior Development Producer with Comedy and the requirements and duties specific to this role can be found below**

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 with ref: BBC/TP/224227/55207 in the subject.

We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates.

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.


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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