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Senior Development Producer, Factual Entertainment (BBC Studios)

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios’ Factual Entertainment Division has bases in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Northern Ireland.  The team produces a wide breadth of popular content including many of the BBC’s most popular brands such as The One Show, Top Gear, Gardener’s World, Dragon’s Den, Crimewatch Roadshow, Amazing Hotels, Life Beyond the Lobby, Wanted Down Under, Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile and much more. This role will be based in Bristol.

The Senior Development Producer will create and develop the best Factual Entertainment ideas for content. Working in close collaboration with the Head of Development they will originate ideas and move the slate forward with drive and creative vision, and pitch ideas.

The post-holder develop projects independently, which fit the overall strategy for the Factual Entertainment Division with the aim of securing numerous high value commissions. They will write treatments, cut promos, negotiate access, liaise with talent and pitch ideas. They will lead and maintain relationship with key commissioners, manage the pipeline directly at valued clients.

They will provide editorial support to the team; in areas including the development of commissioned projects, research of content to support ideas and helping to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the development slate.

Role Responsibility

The Development team is the creative heartbeat of this vibrant department’s output and has an excellent track record of winning commissions across a variety of BBC channels.

You will come up with formats, knowing what will make an impact on air and knowing where to look for on-screen and specialist experts.  You will keep across new trends and talent within television, in particular with regards to specialist factual output.

You will need to demonstrate substantial experience in factual TV production. You will have a good track-record of coming up with imaginative and commissionable programme proposals of the highest creative and editorial standards. You will need to show you can write punchy, effective pitches, and you will have highly developed team-working and communication skills with the ability to identify opportunities for collaborations.

The role demands a highly creative individual who can enthuse and engage the development team to deliver programme strands that meet the needs of both the local and network commissioners.

 

The Ideal Candidate

You will have BOTH a minimum of 3 credits at Development Producer level AND at least one Senior Development Producer level credit working specifically to develop Factual Entertainment ideas in TV content.

Proven success in devising and producing original non-scripted formats within the Factual Division.

Previous experience working in non-scripted Factual entertainment broadcast TV content production to a minimum of AP/Producer level alongside demonstrable experience in non-scripted Factual entertainment development for TV content.

Evidence of spotting and introducing up and coming potential on-screen talent along with creating innovative ideas for new on-screen talent vehicles in the Factual entertainment TV broadcast space.

You will have a passion for developing new content across channels and platforms with the desire to build on the success of our established brands such as The One Show, Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow.

You will relish developing creative and innovative new ideas showing an awareness of the television market in the UK and internationally keeping across new trends and talent within television, in particular with regards to specialist factual output.

Working across a slate of development ideas and managing time and resources in line with the priorities of the Executive Producer, you will have excellent communication skills writing fast turnaround punch effective pitching documents and producing taster tapes in order to aid successful commissions.

You will be able to demonstrate substantial experience in factual TV production. You will have a good track-record of coming up with imaginative programme proposals of the highest creative and editorial standards that have been commissioned.

Ability to write and produce high quality and visual treatments and proposal.

Experience of Keynote and Premiere is preferred, as well as ability to shoot.

Ability to develop and manage a wide range of complex internal and external relationships.

Excellent people skills.

Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.

The role demands a highly creative individual who can enthuse and engage the development team to deliver programme strands that meet the needs of both the local and network commissioners.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Fixed Term, Full Time
Location: Bristol

Contract dates: Start date - Asap until 30th September 2021

 

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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