Development & Production Executive (x2), Creative England

Development & Production Executive (x2), Creative England

Creative England is a fast moving and innovative organisation that aims to support and grow the creative industries. We are now looking for 2 x Development & Production Executives (freelance) to join our Film team.

Our Development and Production Executives play a key role in the delivery of our talent initiatives; with a particular emphasis on discovering and supporting talent based out of London.

Working closely with the team; you will assess Emerging feature development and pilot short applications, and will manage existing and new awards. You will be expected to provide both creative and practical production support, working alongside the team to ensure a holistic approach to developing talent and realising their projects.

The role will provide support to the Head of Film and Director of Content, working as an integral part of the delivery of projects and initiatives whilst seeking out the best talent. You will not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and adapt to the needs of a busy department.

This is an ideal growth opportunity for an experienced and well connected film/television Development Exec with an interest in the wider creative sector. You will gain a breadth of experience working with a highly motivated team of experts.

CONTRACT: Freelance until 31st March 2018, full time

FEE: £570 per week

LOCATION: Greater Manchester OR Bristol (location preference to be stated upon application, Creative England shall appoint 1 Exec per location)

BACKGROUND

As part of the BFI NET.WORK talent support across the UK, Creative England is continuing to offer the Emerging Talent fund in 2017, supporting first-time feature filmmaking talent and teams in the development of their debut project. Alongside this Creative England, in collaboration with BFI and BBC Films, designed and delivers iFeatures, a programme of end-to-end support in the production of signature debut feature films.

Our Development and Production Execs will assess Emerging feature development and pilot short applications and manage existing and new awards. Working closely with the Head of Film and other Executives, you will act as a magnet and champion for our Talent

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Assess submissions, including watching showreels and reading treatments and scripts submitted by filmmakers confidently, concisely and efficiently.

Recommend projects for award at committees and manage projects through the development process.

Employ strong story editing skills on all projects and provide constructive notes on new drafts and advice on development.

Deliver short film projects already on the slate via our Alumni scheme and existing Emerging fund award, and pilots/proofs-of-concept for feature development projects.

Help maintain tracking systems for talent and projects, ensuring that knowledge can be easily shared within Creative England, the BFI Film Fund and other external partners.

Engage with the BFI NET.WORK website and wider talent development initiatives and plans.

Assist in the delivery of relevant skills and training activity to identified talent in alignment with project support.

Actively participate in meetings, planning, development and team building events as directed.

Be actively engaged in the cultural world (specifically film, television, theatre, online content and writing).

Keep abreast of changes in best practice and technological developments to ensure that the thinking and practice of the Talent team is leading edge.

Be an ambassador for Creative England by maintaining a professional approach at all times.

Maintain systems, procedures and records in line with organisational policies and objectives including the Data Protection Act.

Carry out all responsibilities in a way that promotes equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion.

To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Qualities:

Significant experience in a similar role working with Film and/or television talent
Demonstrable experience of script assessment, understanding of creative and commercial potential of projects and an ability to discern quality and progress drafts.
A proven track record of establishing contacts within the film and television industries and strong talent and agent relationships.
Demonstrable experience of story editing, with a comprehensive knowledge of dramatic theories and a commitment to new writing.
The ability to act on own initiative and using analytical skills to research around a subject.
A good working knowledge of the film and television industries and a commitment to other art forms (such as theatre, television, literature, the visual arts).
Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and to manage and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to deal effectively with people at all levels

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