Are you an experienced Producer from a background in Script or Story Editing? Passionate about Drama? Then this is the role for you!
It’s an exciting time to be part of our team with all of our award-winning Continuing Dramas that brings audiences together week after week. From EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty to River City and Pobol y Cwm, our programmes remain a constant source of gripping entertainment, featuring cliff-hanger storylines and much-loved characters with whom our viewers have grown up.
A fast paced BAFTA winning Continuing Drama about the staff and patients at the Holby City Emergency Department, charting the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives whilst tackling many controversial and taboo issues. Through great writing and visual flair the show balances gritty realism with high drama to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, week in week out.
You’ll report to Liza Mellody, the Series Producer
What is expected of you?
You will be accountable for the delivery of productions on time, within the agreed editorial brief, production budget and to contribute to the continued development and implementation of the editorial vision for Casualty, whilst ensuring that the production is competitive with standards globally.
Casualty produces high quality, cost-effective drama within the framework of the BBC Editorial Guidelines & Values and our Corporate objectives and you will be required to continue and maintain this exceptional work and to also encourage, foster and develop creative talent and ability on behalf of BBC Studios.
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 guest stories and for serial storylines
- To keep abreast of all episodes of Casualty
- 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 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, attend when necessary the rehearsals, shoot and post-production and assess rushes to identify and resolve problems in conjunction with the Director
- 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 and to seek advice from editorial policy when appropriate
- 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
The Ideal Candidate
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:-
- Experience as a Producer, preferably in Drama
- You will have a strong editorial background, ideally in script / story editing
- Experience as a Producer, preferably in Drama
- 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