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BBC Studios NHU are looking for a Bristol-based Development Producer
The Development Producer will create and develop the best natural history ideas for broadcasters across the planet. Working in close collaboration with the Head of Development they will originate ideas and move the slate forward with drive and creative vision.
The post-holder develop projects independently, which fit the overall strategy for the Natural History Unit with the aim of securing numerous commissions. They will write treatments, cut promos, negotiate access, liaise with talent and pitch ideas.
They will provide editorial support to the team; in areas including the development of commissioned projects, research of content to support ideas and helping to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the development slate.
Lead the development of successful pitches in response to commissioning briefs.
Implement the development strategy alongside the Head of Development.
Proactively undertake research to identify and develop new ideas/materials and new on screen talent.
Sourcing content and developing high quality programme treatments and pitch documents.
Pitch ideas to various commissioners and partners.
Develop editorial judgment and skills by supporting the editorial team with current developments.
Tracking all projects on the slate and any new developments.
Organise materials and facilitate development initiatives - brainstorms, away-days, workshops, etc.
To act as an ambassador promoting the Natural History Unit both within and outside of the BBC.
Develop and nurture new diverse development talent in the natural history genre.
Manage teams members work loads and priorities.
Are you the right candidate?
Proven experience in the generation of ideas that have resulted in commissions, and proven experience in running a successful team that has generated commissions.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate administration systems.
Ability to work unsupervised, exercising initiative and assessing priorities but referring issues upwards where appropriate.
Excellent administrative and organisational skills
Knowledge of key onscreen talent and new talent within the genre, with ability to develop strong working relationships with talent and agents.
An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions. Good knowledge of the budgeting and cost implications of natural history filming.
A broad based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques.
An understanding of and the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.
Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.
An enthusiasm and interest in popular entertainment. A broad passion for television, short form and radio.
Excellent people skills.
Sound awareness of individual creative approaches, with an understanding of how to manage different styles in order to get the most out of people.
Proven expertise in returnable factual format business.
Ability to develop and manage a wide range of complex internal and external relationships.
Broad natural history knowledge and sound understanding of the external trends and forces within the genre, with good knowledge of commercial opportunities.
Understanding of the global market, trends and opportunities.
An ability to balance budget challenges with maintaining world-class reputation.
A respect and understanding of the BBC audiences.
An appreciation of the impact of the digital trends and the effect it is having on the way in which audiences consume BBC content.
Excellent pitching skills, practiced in using different pitching styles and methods and production of must-have sizzles.
Programme making experience is preferable, or an awareness of how productions work.
Understanding of building relationships and winning business from terrestrial and subscription channels beyond the BBC.
Ability to write and produce high quality and visual treatments and proposal. Experience of In Design and Premiere would be an advantage.
Technical Producer Wanted by Wildscreen (Freelance late August - October 2020)
Wildscreen are looking for an experienced, driven and technical producer to support our small, dynamic and ambitious team deliver the 2020 Wildscreen Festival Virtual Edition.
Work with us
Position: Wildscreen Festival - Technical Producer
Location: Remote working, potentially required to be in central Bristol during 19-23 October
Contract: Freelance late August - October 2020
Fee: Fixed fee of £6,000 (approx 34 days @175 per day)
Wildscreen is seizing the opportunity for evolution in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the reimagined virtual event will be the most accessible Wildscreen Festival to date, with more people than ever before being able to tune in to its ground-breaking content and benefit from the events unrivalled networking opportunities.
The online edition of the Festival will include everything that our international industry expects, including keynotes, masterclasses, sessions, commissioner meetings, film premieres and screenings with director interviews, and a new programme of one-to-one meetings.
Panda Award submissions and Official Selection films will also be available over a three-month period between 17 September to 16 December, accompanied by all the industry content released during the Festival week itself which takes place from 19-23 October 2020.
The Technical Producer will take ownership and responsibility for the technical planning, delivery and execution of the virtual Festival, supporting the Festival team and our freelance content producers to deliver an amazing, seamless industry programme.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 13 August 2020 at 5pm.
NB. The closing date for entries is 24th July 2020, at 11.59 pm GMT.
NHU Landmark Producer pool, BBC Studios Bristol
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is developing several new landmark productions following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Primates.
They are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Landmark Producers to become part of a pool to be appointed as and when work starts on the new projects.
Each Producer will be highly creative and organised, with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to delivering outstanding content. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of budget and be a very good team player. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.
Discovery Channel links with Explorers Club on $1 million scientific grant
American pay-TV network Discovery Channel has partnered with The Explorers Club, a non-profit world leader in exploration, to launch a grant that will fund “the next frontier of explorers.”
The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant will consist of a US$1 million fund dedicated to advancing “significant exploration and scientific discovery.” The program will allow explorers to share their scientific findings and discoveries across an array of scientific journals, as well as via Discovery Channel’s linear and digital platforms.
Selected finalists will be chosen by an independent panel of accomplished explorers, researchers and academic scholars, in conjunction with The Explorers Club and Discovery.
Interested parties may find the pre-application process here.
New Scottish competition is launched for musicians who are in tune with nature
A new Scottish national contest is being launched, calling on musicians of all genres – whether rock, rap, folk, classical or anything in between – to show their love of nature by writing music inspired by the coasts and waters of Scotland’s beautiful nature reserves.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Feis Rois have partnered up on this first-ever competition for Scotland to inspire people to connect with nature through music.
The competition, called In Tune with Nature, will be judged by a panel of well-known faces from the Scottish music industry – including Julie Fowlis, Vic Galloway and Karine Polwart – and is part of the celebrations for the Year of Coasts and Waters.
Entrants aged 16 and over are invited to compose a piece of music inspired by one of 10 national nature reserves across Scotland.
Winners will receive a £500 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to take part in live performances throughout the year. Every winner will also make a film on the nature reserve which inspired their music with a professional film-maker.
Filmmaking story tellers of the natural world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch their planned project to a board of commissioners, producers and distributors at the PITCHING SESSION of the International Wildlife Filmfestival GREEN SCREEN 2020.
To participate, the following must be submitted:
An Exposé, describing the project should be described, including approximate shooting time, locations and the people involved.
A short CV.
An approximate budget idea.
If available, a trailer or other footage.
The Pitching Session itself is open to the public and follows international rules:
The presentation of your project may take up to seven minutes.
After that the attending experts and decision makers are invited to evaluate the project and, if applicable, to express their interest.
If you are interested, please contact Pitching directors Annette Scheurich and Udo Zimmermann via email@example.com.
The sooner we know who plans to pitch, the better, even if not all documents are ready.
A pre-selection panel will select 6 to 8 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects by 1st August 2020.
Some of the projects that have been presented in recent years are now in production! Participation is in any case an enriching experience!
As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are encouraged. Please feel free to spread the word!
See you at GREEN SCREEN in Eckernförde!
September 09th-13th 2020
Footage Wanted of Arctic Wildlife for an International Co-production!
Producers of a film about polar bears, an international co-production, are looking for footage of polar bears hunting seals and footage of seals inside an agloo (seal den).
After two years on concrete blocks, undergoing a transformation into the world's most advanced (and coolest) research vessel, OceanXplorer is floating. This is a major milestone for a vessel of this size. Soon, it will be on its way to explore the Indian Ocean with National Geographic and BBC Studios, and we're seeking a Digital Producer/Editor to live aboard and tell the story from the field.
Research and develop multiple story ideas for digital distribution based on working concepts and themes for OceanX and BBC’s upcoming series for National Geographic
Assist with the booking of characters for multiple stories across the series
Support the Executive Producer with the management of pre-production budgeting, scheduling, and other logistical items (e.g., creation of pre-pro books, travel, releases, as well as support on prod slate updates)
Support the creation of pitch decks for the digital content for the upcoming National Geographic series
Help the Executive Producer with other special projects (e.g., creation of standard tools and templates), as needed.
We are looking for 1 Junior PM to work on Eden, a new mini landmark Natural History series.
Start date: Jan 2020 to approx. Nov 2020 to cover filming period. This may be extended according to production requirements up to 12 months.
Interviews are expected to be held w/b 16/12/19
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is embarking on a spectacular BBC One landmark production following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet 2. We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Producers to work on this major ground-breaking project.
Each Producer will be highly creative and organised, with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to delivering outstanding content. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of budget and a be a very good team player. You will take responsibility for one or two programmes. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.
These roles are subject to greenlight. Please be aware we will be interviewing for these roles the week commencing Monday 16th December so please ensure you are available prior to completing an application.
BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces a range of technically challenging live shows, features based documentaries and super-landmark series such as Blue Planet II, Springwatch, Deadly Dinos and The Natural World.
The role will be based in Bristol but you may be required to travel to locations across the UK. In general normal office hours will apply however, the nature of the role means that a flexible approach to working time will be necessary.
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is embarking on a spectacular BBC One landmark production following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet 2. We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Producers to work on this major ground-breaking project.
These roles are subject to greenlight. The interviews are expected to commence the beginning of January.
Edit Assistant required on NHU Landmark Expedition, BBC Studios Date posted: 04/12/2019 Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
BBC Studios, Natural History Unit is looking to recruit a Technical/Edit Assistant for Mission Ocean X (working title) a six part series commissioned by National Geographic.
FROM BBC STUDIOS NATURAL HISTORY UNIT - THE MAKERS OF BLUE PLANET II, WITH OCEANX MEDIA & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JAMES CAMERON, COMES THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
Alucia2 can dive deeper, get closer and explore recesses of our seas inaccessible until now. Mission OceanX will capture the whole story of life on-board Alucia2, showcasing cutting-edge science, the thrill of exploration and extraordinary wildlife film-making. Mission OceanX has one goal... to push the boundaries of knowledge at the final frontier on Earth... our Oceans.
Each episode will have a singular, stand-alone mission that holds fast to one common theme... to take away a deeper understanding of our seas than ever before and leave behind a hopeful future. Each mission’s success rests with a cast of scientists, explorers and crew.
The role requires a technically proficient person. You'll be expected to manage your own time efficiently and to work flexibly to fulfil the role. You'll need a friendly attitude and a willingness to work co-operatively as part of a team. You should have the ability to assess priorities and adapt to fast changing circumstances and be able to work under pressure to set deadlines. You’ll be required to undertake a range of operational duties and to assist Editors and Post Production as and when required. Establishing and maintaining good management of media, operational and technical standards.
The Ideal Candidate
Efficient management, storage and ingest of all production media
Experience of UHD and proxy workflows and working with non-standard frame rates in a professional post-production environment
Demonstrates a working knowledge of end to end digital workflows
Excellent organisational skills with experience of maintaining detailed technical logs for large volumes of media and the ability to manage own time and workload effectively
Experience in assembling field download kits, and briefing location teams on offload techniques
Diligent liaison with post production houses to facilitate a smooth running media management process and all stages of post from capture to delivery.
Ability to juggle tasks effectively and prioritise requests from different quarters, especially if shooting/post production schedules overlap
Experience of working with both Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier platforms
An interest in developing editor skills by assisting directors/editors with sequence assemblies, creating promos, trails, and web content.
Demonstrates good editorial judgement in relation to selection and suitability of material
Ideally, applicants should demonstrate a passion and creative thirst for natural history programme making, be a strong team player, and work well under pressure with a calm, unflappable disposition.
This role potentially involves working on location onboard Alucia 2 for some of the expeditions.
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