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

Role Responsibility

What is expected of you?

  • To be accountable for the delivery of productions on time and within the agreed editorial brief and production budget.
  • To contribute to the continued development and implementation of the editorial vision for Casualty.
  • To produce high quality, cost-effective drama within the framework of BBC Editorial Guidelines and Corporate objectives.
  • To encourage, foster and develop creative talent and ability on behalf of BBC Studios Department.
  • To ensure that the production values of Casualty are competitive with standards globally
  • Your duties will include
  • To oversee the development of scripts through to the shoot in conjunction with Script Editors and Writers, and to balance editorial/artistic aspirations against cost.
  • To be responsible for a match between script, production schedule and budget in conjunction with the Production Accountant and others as appropriate.
  • To ensure that scripts are finalised on time, in conjunction with the Director, Writer and Script Editor, so that dramatic standards of the required quality are achieved, within the legal, budgetary and timescale constraints.
  • To ensure that on-screen content reflects the diversity of British Society, and that ethnic and other groups are portrayed appropriately, in line with BBC Producer Guidelines.
  • To be involved in casting and appointments of Directors, First Ads and DOPs etc as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the Drama Safety Rep(s), to ensure that all staff have undertaken the interactive health & safety training module, prior to commencement of the production. NB see general section on health & safety.
  • To be accountable for the maintenance of health & safety standards throughout the production process. To generate creative ideas for all aspects of the production. To monitor production values and artistic standards and to balance these aspirations with costs.
  • To generate creative ideas for guest stories and for serial storylines.
  • To keep abreast of all episodes of Casualty.
  • To monitor production values and artistic standards throughout the shoot and to balance these aspirations with costs and delivery on time.
  • To maintain high standards through the rough cut, fine cut and dub.
  • To ensure that all clearances and negative checks are completed as required.
  • To assess rushes, to identify and resolve problems in conjunction with the Director.
  • To provide leadership, motivation and support to the whole team; to facilitate an effective working relationship between the team and the Director.
  • To manage staff throughout the production. To ensure staff performance is accurately and objectively monitored, recorded and communicated to the appropriate line manager or employer. To provide feedback to individuals and to identify and resolve problems where necessary.
  • 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 Network Television and BBC financial arrangements.
  • To offer ideas/support to the Director, to attend when necessary, rehearsals, shooting and post-production
  • To stimulate press and media interest in the production, authorising journalists and photographers agreed access to filming in conjunction with BBC Press and PR departments.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of the finished programme within all BBC editorial guidelines.
  • To ensure that production documentation and agreed delivery materials are completed and passed to appropriate areas as required by the BBC and co-producers within the agreed delivery schedule in conjunction with the Post Production Supervisor.
  • To manage the immediate and longer term public response effectively, particularly where the production may result in controversy.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • You will need either drama producing experience or significant drama script editing experience.      
  • A passion for drama and a knowledge of Casualty is essential.     
  • 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.
  • Experience of reconciling artistic aspiration with financial constraint, of planning and revising production budgets and schedules and to deliver programmes on time and within budget.
  • Knowledge of the skills/abilities of professionals within the industry.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to generate creative ideas, storylines and solve script problems.
  • Knowledge of the internal and external resources/facilities market, and the PACT/ EQUITY agreement sufficient to enable informed and cost-effective contractual decisions to be made.
  • Knowledge of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health & safety policies, Producer 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.
  • Drama production knowledge on large scale complex dramas involving stunts and effects, including working on green screen.

Personal Attributes

  • Evidence of interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish credibility with colleagues and to foster effective working relationships with a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC.
  • Awareness of audience needs, and the ability to respond with original and viable production ideas. 3. The ability to construct effective production teams, taking into account relative strengths/weaknesses.
  • Effective time-management and self-scheduling abilities.
  • Ability to keep abreast of professional, technological and working practice changes.

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