Trainee Comedy Producer
BBC In-house Comedy (www.bbc.co.uk/production/comedy) is the biggest producer of comedy in the UK and prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent - established and new - both on and behind the microphone or screen. It’s responsible for some of the country's most-watched and most-listened-to comedies across radio, online and all four BBC TV channels. In recent months, the department has won 15 prestigious awards including BAFTAs, Rockies, RTS Awards, Rose d’Or and the National Television Awards.
Aim of the Job
We are offering a 9-month Trainee Producer contract to work across the three key areas of comedy production – Radio, TV and Online. On Radio you might work with brand new writers and performers on Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack or any of the long-running Radio 4 shows from News Quiz to Just a Minute. On TV you might work on the likes of Citizen Khan or The Tracey Ullman Show and Online you might work with BBC 3 short form or social media and podcasts. The Trainee will work closely with other producers and will need to demonstrate a real passion for and understanding of comedy. A lot of your time will be spent shadowing and observing and learning from your colleagues with some formal training as part of the contract. You are expected to take responsibility for your own career development and take the initiative in spotting opportunities and making the very best of your time with us. This is a creative role and we are ultimately looking for someone to generate brilliant comic ideas and who can turn their vision into reality.
There is no guarantee of a producer job at the end of the contract and it is likely that if you are successful in the role the first step would be to extend your time with us as a trainee to consolidate skills learnt. However, for someone who wants to get on in comedy production this role will be crucial to your career in terms of gaining hands on experience and developing key relationships, and we want the very best candidates for the opportunity.
Over the course of the contract you will gain a lot of the necessary skills to become a producer who is versatile across all mediums. The trainee producer should expect to:
- Attend production meetings and brainstorms and contribute towards them
- Shadow Radio and TV recordings and observe and assist
- Generate ideas and suggest comedy writing and performing talent, with an emphasis on diversity, and develop these as programme pitches
- Acquire script editing skills and the ability to evaluate submissions from new writers.
- Learn how to direct performers and other members of a small production team
- Learn about the safe management of productions
- Learn about BBC Values
- Learn about the BBC’s Editorial guidelines and develop a grounding in Media Law
- Identify sections of shows which could be clipped to work as stand-alone digital short-form or promotional material
- Learning to self-shoot, record radio and edit the content
- Assist the producer and Editor with production administration
- Learning about planning budgets, rights clearance and contracting of writers and performers
Are you the right candidate?
It is essential that you have a passion for comedy and extensive knowledge of Radio, TV and digital comedy and the live comedy world
Some previous Radio, TV, live comedy or online production experience would be desirable – and you should have some self-shooting and editing experience
We are keen to reflect different life experience and a multi-cultural Britain with our comedy. Therefore it is a crucial that you bring plenty of suggestions to us that reflect diversity in all its forms and ideas of how to develop those more diverse voices
An excellent knowledge of social media and digital content along with a clear understanding of what makes content shareable
Good communication skills – able to express yourself clearly and work comfortably both on your own and as part of a team and positively contribute to a pleasant working environment
Strong organisational skills, ability to respond positively and flexibly to change
Willingness to learn, take feedback, offer feedback and take the initiative with your own development.
About the BBC
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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.
The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.