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Head of Production, Scripted

Posted: 27 Mar 2021 Closes: 9 Apr 2021
London, GB Competitive
Permanent & Full-time UKT_007545

A little bit about our team....

UKTVs commissioning department is responsible for the development, commissioning and execution of commissions, co-productions and advertising funded programmes across the UKTV portfolio of channels. We operate a fully 360 model of commissioning with particular focus on the commercial opportunities offered by our investment into original content. The department works in broad genre terms across factual, fact ent, scripted comedy, drama and entertainment.

Key responsibilities
  • Ultimate responsibility for the budgeting, scheduling, production and delivery of all scripted originations at UKTV, negotiating and signing off on production schedules, budgets and contingencies
  • Negotiates and agrees principle talent fees with agents where appropriate
  • Manages delivery functions for all originations into UKTV including streamlining delivery processes and effective supporting paperwork
  • Ensures productions are delivered in line with UKTVs technical specs and resources are in place to enable this delivery
  • Manages risk and delays in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and understands key production protocols to mitigate them
  • Manages and promotes positive Indie relationships to drive collaborative approach on budgets and scheduling, ensuring the delivery of high quality programming
  • Reduces costs of commissioned content whilst protecting its quality
  • Manages release of budget contingency
  • Oversees budget and sign off on all scripted development spend
  • Shares management, leadership and development of the production management team with the Head of Production, Unscripted and creates the environment for them to do their best wor
  • Lives, embraces and role models UKTVs values
  • Represents both UKTV and the Commissioning team to production companies and the industry as a whole
  • Promotes green productions through the Albert Consortium
  • Keeps across new trends in the production process, working with suppliers to ensure they are using the most cost efficient methods of production
  • Oversees diversity monitoring of content partners for on and off screen talent and works with them to pro-actively improve on diversity
  • Oversees all relevant post production paperwork and reporting
  • Works with Legal & Business Affairs and the Programme Funding team to create good financial and deal structures, negotiating with external suppliers as required
Key knowledge, skills and experience
  • A proven track record at Head of Production or Director of Production level
  • Excellent negotiator, presenter, influencer and relationship manager who demonstrates strong influencing skills within UKTV and with production companies and industry bodies
  • A naturally collaborative style with the ability to build and manage positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Extensive knowledge of TV and digital production, programme budgets and international distribution
  • Has an analytical approach with the ability to identify key issues, anticipate problems and deliver solutions
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of complex commissioning negotiations, including co-production output. Will have either negotiated programme budgets direct with Broadcasters, or have worked for a Broadcaster negotiating budgets with production companies
  • In depth experience of working across a broad range of scripted genres
  • Good working knowledge of standard legal and business affairs practice in the TV industry
  • Knowledge of legal factors, contractual agreements and corporate agreements as they affect production
  • Demonstrable experience of line management and leadership
  • Ideally demonstrates an understanding of the regulations surrounding advertiser funded and product placement programmes; for these commissions, to ensure that programmes match commercial value with regulatory guidelines
  • A committed and co-operative team player who is able to support other members of the team
  • Ability to harness team spirit across UKTV and collaborate with colleagues across the business to deliver successful projects
  • Able to retain focus on long term objectives and also retain a detailed grasp of day-to-day issues
  • An understanding of the need to leverage maximum value from rights ownership
  • Ability to successfully manage a high volume of complex projects concurrently
  • Demonstrable concern and desire to achieve results and goals
  • An understanding of the regulatory framework in which content creation operates
  • An understanding of agreements with talent unions and industry bodies and the ability to represent UKTV in discussions with them
  • Knowledge of PACT arrangements
  • Communicates clearly and concisely, presenting complex information effectively both orally and in writing to all levels both internally and externally
  • Strong IT skills
  • A genuine passion for TV

Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

At UKTV, our inclusion vision is to truly represent society in our workforce and on-screen, and create a culture of fairness and respect where we champion difference so that every person feels included and empowered to do their best work. We are committed to ensuring a level playing field at UKTV where all employees and job applicants are given equal opportunity, and that we have diverse voices at the table in everything we do. We welcome applications from everyone and we want UKTV to be a place where you can be your authentic self, give your best and develop your career free from discrimination of any kind.

Closing Date:

9th April 2021


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