Executive Producer - Topical Factual

London (Central), London (Greater)
15 Dec 2017
25 Jan 2018
Job Type

Department: ITN Productions – TV Production

Reporting to: Head of Topical Programmes

Job purpose:

This role is responsible for delivering long and short form programmes and delivering technical and editorial quality across all output. You will oversee and manage the production of broadcast programming across a range of budgets, from creative through to final delivery. You will be responsible for responding to commissioner briefs, support the development process, and pitching to win new broadcast business. You will also be responsible for coaching and leading teams of producers, with regular 121 feedback. You will be responsible for managing costs in line with budgets, keeping a pipeline updated, and assisting in delivering new revenue through ideas generation and forward planning.

Key tasks/Responsibilities: 

  • To lead and deliver long and short form programming – managing the process with clients, ensuring all output is of the highest quality and to deadline
  • Troubleshooting and remedying output problems
  • Develop, manage and maintain relationships with commissioners and clients
  • Manage client expectations throughout the production process
  • Step in to direct content for productions as required
  • Write proposals on a range of ideas in an appealing and dynamic way and pitch to commissioners
  • Generate and develop ideas working as part of a development team or independently
  • Manage budgets and a pipeline – work with the Head of Production to closely manage margin
  • Team management – motivate, set deadlines, oversee output, and ensure delivery is in line with production schedules
  • Keep aware and abreast of industry intelligence – to keep up to date with the needs of broadcasters
  • Develop relationships with talent agents and talent
  • Keep informed of topical issues and anniversaries for specific exploitation through programming
  • Take responsibility for all content, ensuring all stories are of highest editorial and technical standards, are accurate and comply with the law and relevant regulations
  • Work in accordance with ITN guidelines on health and safety.

Key attributes and Qualifications:

  • Experienced editorial figure with a strong topical factual background and a great sense of what makes brilliant television
  • An established multi-skilled executive producer with experience of across a range of programming
  • Experience as a producer on current affairs or news programming
  • Experience of live programming and gallery output advantageous, but not essential
  • Proven success in securing commissions with the majority, if not all, of the main UK broadcasters
  • Strong contacts in the topical factual commissioning world
  • Proven client management skills – ability to manage clients in a calm but authoritative manner
  •  Strong commercial sense and experience of writing proposals, as well as pitching  
  • Confident and authoritative decision maker
  • Strong understanding of the possibilities and parameters of programme making and ideas
  • Ability to apply your skills across different types of broadcast material, from fast turnaround productions and studio shows through to longer programmes and development
  • Experience of budget and pipeline management
  • Awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision-making
  • Technical experience and solid understanding of Post-Production workflows
  • To have a positive and ‘can-do’ attitude towards work
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage large projects and multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a diplomatic approach to building and maintaining relationships
  • Creative attitude to problem-solving
  • Flexible and confident leader of production teams, with the ability to motivate and get the best out of people
  • Ability to produce content under tight deadlines, always maintaining high standards
  • Hard-working, enthusiastic and creative, with a good sense of humour
  • Extensive experience of legal situations and understanding of Ofcom regulations, media law and the ITN Legal Compliance procedures
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise workload efficiently and manage multiple tasks
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements
  • Ability to demonstrate the ITN Productions values – Transparency, Innovation and Collaboration.

This Job Description identifies the main requirements of the role.  It is not an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.

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

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