The company:

Tiger Aspect Productions, part of Banijay UK, is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s most successful and prolific independent production companies. Producing high profile, multi-genre content for both UK and international audiences, key productions include Peaky Blinders (BBC One), The Good Karma Hospital (ITV), Hitmen (Sky One), The Other One (BBC One), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), and Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father (Netflix).

The Tiger portfolio is built on solid relationships with the best UK talent. The company’s belief in nurturing and supporting creativity on every level means that Tiger Aspect consistently attracts the ultimate on-screen, writing and production talent.

About this role:

The Head of Development will work closely with the Head of Drama to realise the overall creative vision for the drama team, with responsibility for developing and sustaining a strong pipeline of projects for the domestic and global market and building a slate with a clear strategic focus.

You will lead the Development Team to ensure the origination of bold, ambitious, commercial ideas that can progress successfully from development to commission.

You will motivate and facilitate individual members of the development team, encouraging a culture of collaboration, inclusion and creative excellence.

You will hold regular development meetings and other creative forums, to track progress on existing projects, promote the creation of new, exceptional work and collectively problem solve on individual projects.

You will keep track of evolving broadcaster needs and opportunities, and ensure the team has access to this information and that it is used to prioritise and shape new and existing developments.

You will initiate and oversee a Talent strategy to ensure that Tiger Drama is identifying and working with exceptional writers and directors, whether they be established or emerging, and engage widely with the agent community: keeping relationships and conversations active and sharing information.

You will prioritise identifying and securing IP, and work closely with our literary scout ensuring that our work in this area is carefully prioritised and meets our strategic needs.

You will foster a culture of strong, respectful, open communication within the development team, with the Head of Drama and with other teams within Tiger Aspect and the wider Banijay Group.

This will be a fixed term contract role covering a period of family leave.

Duties:

  1. To drive collaboration and partnerships both internally and externally to help fulfil our creative ambitions.
  2. To analyse relevant market data and audience consumer trends, to provide forecasting intelligence which drives new development ideas & new campaign opportunities, in a creative way, across all appropriate platforms & broadcast channels.
  3. To lead and motivate the development team, ensuring that the vision for the department is communicated and understood and that the editorial specification is realised.
  4. To proactively identify and develop new material for Tiger Aspect Drama.
  5. Communicating and meeting with agents, writers, producers, directors: showing a high level of awareness of the television market in the UK and internationally, and articulating the current development needs of Tiger Aspect Drama. Thorough knowledge of individual channel/buyer needs.
  6. Sourcing ideas and developing high quality programme specs/pitch documents.
  7. Ensure that all projects on the slate and any new development are tracked; detailed knowledge of current status of slate so as to be able to answer queries, assess needs and spot opportunities.

Knowledge & Skills:

  1. Demonstrable passion for creating content/broadcasting to the appropriate audience, and knowledge of those subjects which inform, educate & entertain the audience.
  2. Excellent writing skills and experience of writing & pitching proposals tailored to specific audience needs.
  3. Sound understanding of the media industry and how it is developing with new technologies and platforms.
  4. Strong experience of influencing and negotiating effectively both internally and with external agencies/partners.
  5. Excellent communication and collaboration skills - ability to lead constructive dialogue with sensitivity and tact and take people along with you to achieve.
  6. Effective planning and organising skills with the ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  7. The ability and willingness to work flexibly, to manage a variable workload while balancing personal and work life.
  8. Ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally with agents, writers and commissioners.
  9. Able to demonstrate strong editorial judgement in a fast moving environment

We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. 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.