With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Musketeers to name just a few.
EastEnders is the multi award winning soap broadcast four times a week on BBC ONE. It currently ranks as one of the most watched TV dramas in the UK tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on television in the UK. Through great writing and attention to detail the show manages to successfully balance gritty realism with high drama and entertainment to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, every week.
The Story Producer reports to the Series Producer and is accountable for the delivery of episodes on time and within the agreed editorial brief and production budget. They will produce high quality, cost-effective drama within the framework of BBC Editorial Guidelines and Corporate objectives. They conceive, generate and develop ideas, treatments and formats of the highest standards, consistent with Scripted Department strategy. They will also encourage, foster and develop creative talent and ability on behalf of the Scripted Department.
The postholder will be solely responsible for the following duties:
- To head the Story Department, delivering high quality-cost effective story documents, under the leadership of the Executive Producer.
- To work closely with writers, developing and writing stories in a variety of formats.
- In conjunction with the writers, story team and Producers, produce clear and concise monthly story documents with sufficient detail to ensure clarity for commissioned writers and all departments within production
- To run story conferences, monthly story meetings and commisioning meetings alongside the Exec Producer.
- To maintain good relations and communications with the Script Department, resolving story issues which arise post commissioning
- To brief the Casting Executive on new regular and guest characters on a monthly basis. To write character biographies as required.
- To update Publicity and Marketing departments as necessary regarding up-coming storylines and new characters.
- To keep abreast of any story changes that may occur through the scripting process.
- To keep abreast of cast usage, holidays and rest weeks, working alongside the Series Story Scheduler.
- To ensure that on-screen content reflects the diversity of British society and that diverse groups are portrayed appropriately, in line with BBC Editorial Guidelines.
- To be jointly accountable with other producers for the maintenance of health & safety standards throughout the production process.
- To generate creative ideas, treatments and formats for all aspects of the production. To monitor production values and artistic standards and to balance these aspirations with costs.
- To be aware of the full extent of the financial and purchasing authority of the post and to ensure that this authority is exercised in accordance with BBC Studios and BBC financial arrangements.
- To be responsible for the delivery of the finished programme within all BBC editorial guidelines.
Are you the right candidate?
People working on EastEnders are a talented, experienced and creative bunch. To join them and make this programme the most talked about on the channel, it’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for. You should have:
- Proven Drama producing experience or significant drama script editing and/or drama production experience.
- A passion for Drama, and an in-depth knowledge of EastEnders is essential.
- An ability to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose.
- A wide ranging knowledge of television production processes, preferably gained within drama, and an understanding of the jobs of programme and resource personnel engaged to complete the production.
- An ability to inspire and encourage others, whatever their role, to champion their own ideas and views.
- Ability to generate and transform original or unusual ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with innovative solutions.
- Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people including senior editorial / management staff and talent. Confident in demanding the best from those on and off camera, but sensitive to the pressures of production and understands the necessity of adapting filming requirements during the difficult production process.
- Knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health and safety policies, editorial guidelines, contracts, and relevant trade union agreements.
- Effective negotiating and management skills; and experience of leading and motivating teams.
- 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.
This role is a BAND D
Please note that this is a generic job description for a Producer. However, this advert is for a Story Producer and requirements and duties specific to this role can be found below.
This is a 1 year FTC.
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