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Comedy Role - Commissioning

Posted: 20 Nov 2020 Closes: 30 Nov 2020
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -1967092783

Role:Commissioner - Comedy Department
Location: London
Department: Commissioning


The multi award winning Comedy Department is one of the key commissioning areas at Channel 4. Its commissioning brief is diverse and covers all scripted comedy across Channel 4 and E4 including Derry Girls, Stath Let's Flats, This Way Up, Feel Good, The Windsors, Friday Night Dinner, Catastrophe, Flowers, Chewing Gum, Game Face, Home, Dead Pixels and Maxxx.

The department is one of the smallest at C4. The team is tight knit, passionate, hard-working, challenging and collaborative. This job would suit a smart, confident, team player. A self-starter with bags of initiative and a genuine curiosity to learn about the industry and make a difference. Above all, someone who has a sincere passion for scripted comedy, the people who make it and the art of making people laugh.


To find, commission and editorially oversee scripted comedy programmes from talent new and established.
To help maintain C4's position as the best place for new and original comedy across the whole of the UK.
The role involves collaborating creatively with production companies, writers and on-screen talent as well as with the larger comedy team and other channel departments.
The job title is TBC and will be dependent on experience, but is within commissioning. First and foremost, we want to find the right person to join our dynamic team at this exciting time.

  • To develop, commission and editorially approve high quality narrative scripted comedies for C4 and E4.
  • Initiate, develop, inspire and manage creative relationships with the production community to ensure a steady supply of good ideas and projects.
  • Identify fresh talent to bring to the channel - on and off screen - from a diverse variety of perspectives and backgrounds.
  • To manage and quality control these programmes, overseeing any complexities, challenges and difficulties that arise.
  • Manage the relationship between the Channel and the independent companies responsible for making our shows.
  • Work effectively with other parts of the Channel - e.g. legal and compliance, marketing, press, online, scheduling and business affairs to make sure our shows are well supported.
  • Ensure that programmes are effectively integrated the wider Channel 4 objectives and commitments.
  • To do the above whilst meeting legal and compliance obligations.
  • To do the above whilst meeting and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrable experience of working at Assistant Producer/ Producer or Executive Producer level in scripted comedy production.
  • Entertainment APs or Producers with good experience on Comedy Entertainment programmes and working with comedy writers are encouraged to apply.
  • Experienced Comedy Development Producers or Script Editors are also encouraged to apply.
  • A strong awareness and interest in digital comedy content, emerging platforms and online talent.
  • Must have a good knowledge of current television comedy and a clear understanding of C4's point of difference and key competitors.
  • A high degree of creativity and editorial judgement is required in helping identify good ideas, scripts and writers.
  • This creative approach must be combined with strong managerial and relationship skills when dealing with producers and suppliers.
  • Exceptional personal integrity and insight into the Channel 4 brand and values.
  • Proven strong script editing skills essential.
  • Proven good relationships and contacts within the world of comedy television production.
  • Exceptional communication and influencing skills.
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative.
  • Experience of dealing with co-pro partners and distributors.
  • Experience of working with the digital sector.
  • Experience of financial, legal and compliance issues around television production.
  • Understanding of how budgets are planned for a television programme and how this relates to the commissioning process.

SalaryCompetitiveApplication questions to complete
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document. What do you think of the output in comedy at C4 over the last couple of years, and what do you think is missing? (500 words limit)What TV do you watch, when and how? (eg linear, apps, what device etc)Why should we offer you this opportunity? What can you bring to C4 that other candidates wouldn't? (Please reflect on your work experience in comedy here - 500 words limit)What makes you want to work for a broadcaster, as opposed to being in the field making programmes? (250 words limit)What do you think makes a good commissioner, and how do you reflect this? (250 words limit)If there is any other relevant experience you want to further highlight, please tell us here (500 words limit)
BenefitsThere are a million reasons why it's great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;
•26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
•Company funded Private Medical Insurance
•A generous Group Personal Pension
•Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!Applications Close Date30 Nov 2020

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