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Head of Development, Comedy

London, GB
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Media and Publishing
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job Reference: 14795

  • Band: E
  • Salary: £85,500 - £90,000 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.
  • Contract type: 9 month Fixed Term Contract / Attachment ending 27/03/2025
  • Location: Office Base is London Broadcasting House W1A 1AA. This is a hybrid role and the successful candidate will balance office working with home working.

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 negotiable salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days annual leave with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Freelancers are eligible to apply for an internal role if they are on a Worker Contract and they have worked continuously for 6 months. If they have worked for less than 6 months continuously or have a break of 3 weeks or more between engagements, they must seek Divisional HR approval to apply for an internal role prior to submitting an application.
If they are unsure which contract they are on, they can speak to their booker or the HR BP, however if it helps - both a PAYE freelance or Modus Gross contract is considered a Worker contract and covered by the Worker terms found here.

Job Introduction

Our Comedy Commissioning team are looking for a Head of Development to cover Parental Leave. Reporting to the Director of Comedy, you will join the Comedy Commissioning team to deliver outstanding content including Am I Being Unreasonable, Juice, Dreaming Whilst Black, Man Like Mobeen, Power of Parker, Such Brave Girls and Here We Go.

Working closely with the Director of Comedy and wider commissioning team you will ensure the origination of bold and ambitious ideas that can progress successfully from development to production/commission.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director of Comedy and commissioning editors to ensure that the vision for the genre is communicated and understood and that the editorial specification is realised.
  • Review, read and notes on submissions and existing developments.
  • Work closely with commissioning to develop ideas that are relevant to key audiences for BBC Comedy.
  • Work with commissioning editors on relevant programmes and provide editorial support where relevant.
  • Work closely with the Director of Comedy to devise relevant development briefs and opportunities that address gaps in the slate.
  • Manage, update, and track the development slate, and advise the commissioning team on relevant trends and opportunities.
  • An effective contact for suppliers, handling rejections with tact, responding to individual queries, progressing, and allocating ideas as appropriate, providing feedback and guidance in a timely manner.
  • Develop and manage relationships with suppliers, writers and talent as appropriate.
  • Be a key representative of the BBC at internal and external events

Are you the right candidate?

  • A proven track record working within scripted comedy.
  • Keen interest in seeking out new comedy (both live and online).
  • Demonstrable passion for creating content/broadcasting to the appropriate audience, and knowledge of those subjects which inform, educate & entertain the audience.
  • Extensive experience of making content, with a clear editorial vision, specifically an understanding of developing and delivering appropriate content to the most relevant platform.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience of writing & pitching proposals tailored to specific audience needs.
  • Sound understanding of the media industry and how it is developing with new technologies and platforms.
  • Able to demonstrate strong editorial judgement in a fast moving environment
  • Demonstrable understanding of audiences on all platforms. Highly experienced in analysing market trends on all platforms, as well as performance indicators, to inform strategic success for campaigns.
  • Has the ability to consider a range of problems and uses own judgement to apply effective, time critical solutions.

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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 here.

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 .


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