• Head of Development (TV Production)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 6 days ago(07/12/2018 15:35)
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  • Overview

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    The Head of Development reports to the Director of TV Production and is responsible for the origination and development of new ideas across all genres.


    You will be responsible for managing the development team and associated budgets, and for overseeing a diverse and innovative slate.


    As a senior member of the TV Production department, you will be a key contact for on and off-screen talent and responsible for implementing our TV Development strategy.


    • Manage the broadcast development team in the generation of programme ideas and proposals
    • Maintain a detailed knowledge of the television landscape and the major broadcasters’ needs, devising and developing programmes to suit those needs
    • Keep abreast of and contribute to maintaining ITN Productions’ relationships with key commissioning editors
    • Create pitching materials and programme proposals
    • Pitch ideas to broadcasters and collaborate with the appropriate Executive Producer(s) throughout the development process
    • Lead brainstorms
    • Manage the allocation of development resources across the slate, in line with the wider departmental strategy
    • Manage the development slate of ideas, maintaining a record of projects and proposals as they move through the development process
    • Recruit development staff as required in response to the ebb and flow of the development slate, liaising with relevant Executive Producer(s)
    • As the development lead in the senior broadcast team, contribute to ongoing departmental discussions around ITN Productions’ strategic direction

    These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.


    • Experience leading successful creative teams
    • Highly experienced developer of factual television ideas with a track record of creating innovative new programming
    • Experienced in every stage of the development process:
      • conceiving new ideas
      • overseeing brainstorms
      • creating proposals and taster tapes
      • pitching to commissioning editors
      • securing access and talent
      • securing commissions
    • Passion for and deep understanding of the factual genre, including documentary, factual-entertainment, features, specialist-factual and beyond
    • Up-to-date knowledge of the factual television landscape, and in particular the needs of British terrestrials and global SVODs
    • Superb contacts book, including production and development talent, on-screen talent and agents and commissioning editors
    • Experience managing large budgets
    • Able to demonstrate our values: Trust, Innovation and Collaboration

    Equal Opportunities Policy

    ITN is an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.


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