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Creative director
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BBC Studios Entertainment and Music team are looking for a London-based Creative Director of Development to lead our development team on a 1 year Fixed Term basis. Reporting to the Entertainment & Music MD and working alongside three other Creative Directors for content production across London, Cardiff and Salford, the Creative Director of Development will stimulate creativity, provide editorial direction and take on a strategic business leadership role for our large development team.

The Entertainment & Music team are responsible for over 300 hours of content, producing some of the biggest and best loved brands including; Strictly Come Dancing, Big Night In, Glastonbury, Children in Need, Elton John: Uncensored, A Question of Sport, Radio 1’s Big Weekender, Comic Relief, Home Is Where The Art Is, Later…with Jools Holland, BBC3’s upcoming series Dance Crush and much more! We are looking for a Creative Director of Development who has a passion for progressing original ideas through to commissions and is keen to broaden their reach across UK and global broadcasters, SVODs and Digital platforms. If you have the drive and ambition to deliver the very best in content and programming to controllers and commissioners worldwide within a business that has the weight and capability to be at the forefront of change in our industry, then BBC Studios is the place for you.

The Entertainment & Music team are taking bold steps to transform our programme offering to better represent our viewers. With a well-resourced commitment to diverse stories and diverse storytellers; we are looking for more leaders to join our business who are equally driven to build a diverse and inclusive workforce helping our team to accelerate the pace of change both on and off screen.

Role Responsibility 
Working closely with other Creative Directors, Executive Producers, Series Producers and Heads of Department across the business, you will continue to build upon and expand our production slate. Grounded in our strong history of developing award winning content, you will be responsible for progressing original ideas through to commissions for broadcasters across the UK and globally.

You will need to utilise existing commissioner and channel relationships to ensure the development required for all three of our bases (London, Cardiff, Salford) are devising content ideas to suit a variety of channels, platforms and audience needs, whilst also nurturing on screen talent relationships. 

Working closely with a talented team of development, sales & distribution and content production colleagues you will directly contribute to the growth of Entertainment & Music for BBC Studios whilst benefiting from the best in access, scale and ambition by creating further opportunities to collaborate cross-platform in our output. 

Are you the right candidate? 
* Demonstrable experience at a Senior Head of Development / Director of Development or Creative Director of Development level across Entertainment and Music television in the UK.

* A background and track-record in Entertainment content production at senior level. 

* Experience in hiring developers at all levels. * A strong track record of establishing and developing a broad range of relationships and experience taking on responsibility of expanding a slate of work for Entertainment and Music. 

* Existing and strong relationships with Entertainment & Music Commissioners – including SVOD Commissioning teams, Agents, Record Companies, and Key Talent. 

* Ability to ensure and deliver on the generation of creative and compelling ideas at all stages of the development process, from conception through to production whilst working to commissioning deadlines. 

* You will demonstrate sound editorial judgement about ideas based on an understanding of target audience, channels needs and a thorough understanding of the BBC Studio’s editorial guidelines. 

* Responsible for recognising opportunities for collaboration both with the BBC and externally. 

* A commitment to creating both diverse content and a staff base to reflect our audiences is a must, as well as being aware of the BBC’s Equal Opportunities policy to ensure we are following best practice. 

* Confidence in leading the genre development team by creating a vision for the department and inspiring others to realise it by providing a strong sense of direction and a supportive environment in which to work. 

* The role will require strong leadership with departmental budgetary control experience, monitoring the coaching and development of the team, driving a passion for the development of ideas, providing specialist support to target and shape ideas and present these to high standard to controllers, genre commissioners and 3rd party co-producers in order to maximise chances of securing commissions.  

* A huge responsibility to manage and nurture on and off screen talent in all its diversity in order to acquire and develop the most talented creative people as well as managing individual and team performance across in-house production teams, leading by example to embed a peak performance culture.

Package Description 
Band: SL

Contract type: 12 month FTC/ Attachment

Location: TVC, London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

* Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation. 

* Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification. 

* Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more. 

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About BBC Studios 
BBC Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production and distribution of bold, British, content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, operate in 22 markets globally and generate revenue of £1.4bn annually. We are the most awarded Production Company and the biggest independent producer in the UK.

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. Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential. We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here BBC 

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