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Story Producer, Holby City

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

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Scripted is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television.  These range from continuing drama such as Holby City, Casualty, EastEnders and Doctors, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Our Girl and Luther to name just a few.

The Story Producer supports the Executive Producer, Series Producer and Line Producer to deliver high quality, cost-effective drama within the framework of BBC Producer Guidelines and Corporate objectives under the leadership of the Series Producer.  They manage the story team and work with a core writing team to produce creative story ideas and storylines of the highest standard, consistent with Holby City.  They will also encourage, foster and develop creative talent and work closely with the Script Producer to maintain story excellence through the script development process.

Role Responsibility

  • To work with the Series Producer and Executive Producer to develop the strategic story direction of the programme in line with the editorial vision; ensuring this vision is maintained.
  • Develop storylines alongside writers and editorial team in line with BBC Editorial guidelines and compliance
  • Identify suitable story and other material that satisfied the interests/tastes of the audience.
  • To ensure that storylines developed reflect the diversity of British society.
  • To ensure that storylines developed are rigorously researched.
  • Play a key role in managing short-term and long-term Story Conferences, including preparation of an appropriate agenda for each event.
  • To lead storylining sessions with core writers
  • To liaise with the scheduling team to ensure plotted storylines work in scheduling terms.
  • To liaise with the Line Producer and scheduling team to ensure that any proposed use of location, any stunts, any large-scale prosthetics, or other production demands, and/or special effects are agreed in advance of issuing storylines to writers.
  • To write up all storylines for Series Producer, Executive Producer and CDS HoD sign-off.
  • To execute notes from Series Producer, Executive producer and CDS HoD on all story documents produced.
  • To oversee and manage the smooth running of the story team.
  • To read all First Draft scripts and attend First Draft script meetings, contributing notes.
  • To troubleshoot any story issues in scripts with Script Producer, Producers and /or Script Editors; and ensure that the creative aspirations of the show are being realised in individual episodes.
  • To work closely with Script Producer to ensure quality of storytelling through scripts and continuity throughout the series.
  • To read all Shooting scripts for story integrity (and prior drafts of script, time allowing)
  • To liaise systematically with Casualty about storylines to encourage greater crossover and cooperation between shows, avoid duplication and ensure that such crossovers fit into show continuity.
  • With the Series Producer, brief actors on storylines and characters
  • To work with the Series Producer and Line Producer to manage the Story budget across the series ; being aware of the full extent of the financial and purchasing authority of the post, impact of financial decisions and to ensure that this authority is exercised in accordance with BBC financial arrangements.

Are you the right candidate?

In order to be successful in this role, you must have;

  • Proven experience in the generation of creative ideas and treatments for drama production
  • Experience of story writing and telling, ideally on a TV drama series, either as a Story producer, Story Editor, Script Editor or Writer
  • Experience of managing and leading an Editorial Team; and working effectively as part of a management team.
  • Thorough knowledge of established writing talent, script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent.
  • An ability to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose; with a strong demonstrable understanding of story telling and story format.
  • The ability to inspire and develop creative ideas from conception to delivery.
  • Proven passion for drama and knowledge of the programme
  • Wide range of understanding and knowledge of television production processes.
  • Experience of reconciling artistic aspiration within financial constraint.
  • Proven ability to influence and resolve differences in professional and creative opinions.
  • Proven ability to work successfully at a creative level and to provide strong people leadership and management for staff.
  • proven interpersonal and communication skills to ensure effective working relationships.  The ability to present information reliably and succinctly.
  • An informed interest in and knowledge of the market place.  Demonstrates ability to apply this knowledge to the BBC's advantage.
  • Sound business knowledge, including an awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.

Package Description

Band:    D
Contract type:  Fixed Term - Full time
Location:  BBC Elstree Centre

Please note that the attached is a generic job description for a Producer.  However, this advert is for a Story Producer and the requirements and duties specific to this role can be found below.


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