Reporting to the Head of Genre -CDS and Executive Producer, Holby City/Casualty, the Series Producer oversees production and delivery of Holby City to BBC ONE ensuring this is on time, on budget and to the highest possible creative standard.
With the Line Producer, manages the Holby teams, studio and locations so that productions run smoothly and to budget.
With the Story, Script and Episodic Producers oversees the editorial development of stories, scripts and episodes.
The nature of television drama production can involve long and unpredictable work patterns, and pressure to meet tight schedules. There must be no restriction on the ability of the postholder to travel within the UK or abroad, subject to the BBC's Conditions of Service Code of Practice and equal opportunities policies.
The postholder will be expected to carry out any or all of the following duties, the precise nature of which will be determined as appropriate.
- Agree editorial/visual/practical overview of Series with Head of Genre - CDS /Executive Producer
- Sign off interpretation of agreed overview with all Holby editorial/programme departments on behalf of Executive Producer and monitor throughout making of series.
- Agree programme budget /schedule with Holby Line Producer and Accountant, in consultation with Executive Producer and Production Executive
- Agree and maintain series staffing plan and structure with HR/Business Partner/Executive Producer/Line Producer/Production Executive
- Monitor/adapt programme budget/schedule with Line Producer/Accountant/Scheduler throughout production to keep on target for delivery of programme as commissioned
- Manage, or oversee the management of all Heads of Department, with the Line Producer as appropriate.
- Maintain overview of series on behalf of Channel in relation to pre-watershed slot re story-telling, compliance, taste and decency and sign off as required
- Attend all CDS Board meetings, Departmentals and others as required and pass info back to programme as appropriate.
- Keep BBC Television/CDS personnel up to date with all Holby info as appropriate
- Discuss/agree editorial overview of programme with Head of Genre CDS/ Executive Producer sign off to all Holby programme depts. Ensure that scripts and individual episodes conform to the required standard.
- Oversee and agree allocation of all writers/core writers/bulk deals to the series
- Oversee and agree allocation of writers to attend story conference
- Oversee story conference planning/procedure and budget with Line Producer
- Attend/contribute to story conference
- Sign off all stories agreed at conference and after conference with Executive Producer
- Read selected drafts of the story document – give editorial/budget/compliance notes as appropriate.
- Sign off final story documents received from story dept. with Executive Producer
- Approve/recommend writers scheduled for commission
- Liaise with Business Affairs /Line & Script Producers/Accountant over contracts/fees/bulk deals for writers
- Read and sign off all Guest stories and Episode pitches submitted by writers for all episodes
- Read all Episode pitches – give editorial/budget/compliance notes as appropriate
- Read selected draft scripts – give editorial/budget/compliance notes as appropriate and sign off scripts.
- Read all Rehearsal/Shooting scripts for final editorial/budget/compliance sign off
- Keep overview of all Director Reels submitted to programme by agents/directors
- View Director Reels received and recommended by Holby Producers and approve/question as appropriate
- Sign off with Executive Producer employment of all Directors for the programme and approve for contract
- Liaise with/advise Producers throughout development of episodes with their Directors
- Liaise with all Design/programme departments throughout development of episodes along with Producers/Directors to maintain creative vision of series
- Hold pre-shoot/tone meets with Producers/Directors prior to shoot of each block to confirm style/vision of series will be achieved
- Visit set to support Producers/Directors/cast/crew on behalf of series as appropriate
- View rushes and assemblies and give notes to Producers when appropriate to maintain overview/vision of series
- View Producer cuts of all episodes and give notes to deliver cut for Executive Producer.
- Check and sign off all Executive Producer notes on cuts of all episodes
- View graded/dubbed versions of all episodes, sign off for quality/compliance for TX
- Deliver completed/approved Compliance forms to Executive Producer for final sign-off for Channel.
- View/respond to all DOP/crew DVDs submitted to Series Producer and pass on to Line Producer if approved.
- Liaise with Line Producer over crewing decisions on all episodes as required
- Oversee Holby City’s Social Media strategy
- Approve summaries and web clips (clips to be free of all editorial non-compliant issues)
- Approve all info/summaries/cast lists/news entered on website for each ep and forward to Executive Producer for final sign-off
- Suggest additional material/updates for website as appropriate
- Hold monthly Publicity and Marketing meetings and keep them constantly informed of all future programme plans/changes, enabling them to promote the programme as best they can.
- Approve as accurate all picture and publicity information released on behalf of Holby
- Sign off all cast publicity arrangements arranged on behalf of BBC publicity for Holby
- Sign off all additional requested cast publicity/PR projects inside/outside BBC
- Assist in planning and attend press functions to promote the series as appropriate
- Liaise with Casting Executive about all new Regular cast required
- Liaise with Casting Executive on all contracts/dates/fees etc
- Act as first point of contact for all regular/semi regular cast queries/concerns
- Be available to discuss individual cast issues with their agents as required.
- Support cast members in times of need to ensure good working relations
- Keep cast informed of all future plans for series, stories and their characters
- Monitor/maintain professional discipline from reg/semi reg cast as appropriate
- Approve/reject cast requests for Annual Leave and Best Endeavours.
- Approve/reject non-Holby activities in which cast may wish to participate, explaining full reasons to cast and/or their agents.
- Meet/audition/agree all new Regular cast with Executive Producer and submit to Head of Genre - CDS, for sign off
- Brief all new regular cast on arrival re Holby procedure. Arrange mentor.
- Monitor/Sign off all guest cast requested by Producers/Directors on all episodes – view audition Reels if required
- Respond on behalf of BBC to all audience complaints/requests received from official and unofficial sources
- Take over any suspect correspondence received by cast or members of production team – respond to them or report to investigators as appropriate
- Approve the release of any photos/programme material requested by audience members.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
- Liaise with CDS Management/Line Producer/Script Producer to maintain training programme at Holby for internal/external personnel whenever possible
With Business Partner :
- Advertise/interview/select along with Executive Producer all Holby personnel at Producer level
- Liaise with Executive Producer/Line Producer/Story Producer/Senior Editor over recruitment of other editorial personnel
- Liaise with Line Producer to develop and manage programme personnel at all levels
- Liaise with Channel scheduler/ Executive Producer/Line Producer / Post Production Supervisor to ensure schedule can deliver programme as requested/commissioned within budget.
- Monitor changes in TX schedule received from Channel and keep appropriate personnel informed
- Liaise with Line Producer over practical programme issues at Elstree: eg: office space, prod space, design space, schedules, health & safety, visitor access etc,
- Respond to all requests from BBC and non-BBC organizations re Artists for requests for other projects, Charity Requests, Use of Holby set by other productions carefully considering the Holby Brand and Fair Trading are considered .
- Attend TV industry/charity events on behalf of programme and deliver presentations as required.
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
- Oversee departmental structures and spearhead any structural changes required
- Builds and leads editorial and production team and all other direct reports, contributing to career development, setting objectives, conducting appraisals, recommending training and inducting staff.
- Supervises, co-ordinates and schedule activities of the team, providing advice and support, resolving issues where necessary and promoting good working practices to create an environment in which the team feels motivated.
- To recruit, develop and manage Producers to oversee the production of individual episodes.
- Manages effectively with any performance issues that arise and to provide, regular, clear and unambiguous feedback to staff.
- To monitor and manage diverse representation on and off-screen.
- To supervise management of Writing Academy graduates.
HEALTH & SAFETY
BBC Television embraces the general statements of policy issued by the BBC with respect to the health, safety and welfare of employees and endeavours to provide a safe working environment. All staff have safety responsibilities and must be made aware of them by providing appropriate information and suitable training. Staff must participate in appropriate training activities and refresher courses.
The Ideal Candidate
It’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for. Can you demonstrate:
1. Experience of producing a long-running show is essential, along with a strong track record of drama producing.
2. In-depth awareness of audiences and their needs, and the ability to respond with original and viable production ideas.
3. A passion for drama and a knowledge of Holby City.
4. A strong working knowledge and experience of television drama production processes, with an understanding of the roles of production, editorial and resource personnel.
5. Experience and strong track record of reconciling artistic aspiration with financial constraint, of planning and revising large production budgets and schedules and to deliver programmes on time and within budget.
6. Knowledge of the skills/abilities of professionals within the industry including writers, directors, production teams and actors.
7. Proven experience of generating creative ideas and vision and storylines.
8. Knowledge of the internal and external resources/facilities market, sufficient to enable informed and cost-effective contractual decisions to be made.
9. Knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health & safety policies, Editorial Guidelines, contracts, and relevant trade union agreements.
10. Effective negotiating and management skills; and experience of recruiting, leading, managing and motivating production teams.
11. Proven ability to influence and resolve differences in professional opinions, particularly where conflict may exist. Resilience and stamina sufficient to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules.
12. An understanding of and the ability to handle confidential and commercially sensitive information with tact and diplomacy.
Contract – 22 Month FTC / Attachment
Band - E
Base - BBC Elstree
*Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week
**A generic job description is attached. Please refer to the advert for the specific skills and experience required for this role**
- 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.
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