Head of Young Audiences Content Fund

Recruiter
BFI
Location
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary
Salary £68,694 - £80,364 per annum plus generous benefits package
Posted
07 Nov 2018
Closes
26 Nov 2018
Job Type
Permanent

Head of Young Audiences Content Fund
(Fixed Term for initial 2.5 years with potential to extend for a further 12 months)
Salary £68,694 - £80,364 per annum plus generous benefits package
Based in Leeds

UK public service broadcasting is an international success story, and at the heart of our cultural life. In a changing television landscape, public service broadcasting (PSB) is key to the continued provision of a broad range of high-quality and popular content that reflects the full diversity and creativity of the UK.

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have identified a decline in commissioning across a number of key genres - notably original children’s television - and allocated up to £57m over three years to the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund: a pilot fund with the aim of generating original creative content, hand in hand with broadcasters and platforms, that connects with children and teenagers in the U.K. today. The fund will be a major new opportunity for creative UK content makers and commissioners to partner on the production and development of projects that embrace the values of public service broadcast content: Quality; Innovation; Additionality; Nations & Regions; Diversity; New Voices; Plurality; Audience Reach.
The BFI is now looking for someone to lead the fund, and work on the final design and implementation ahead of its launch in April 2019. We’re seeking someone with a passion for public service broadcasting and young people’s content, with strong relationships with the industry and the ability to think beyond current practice.

Reporting to the BFI Deputy CEO, and working closely with the BFI Film Fund, Business Affairs and Production Finance teams, the successful candidate will have experience in commissioning and/or producing content for younger audiences and be able to broker meaningful connections between commissioners and production companies, and identify new talent and viable projects. We are seeking someone with the industry insight and
ability to steer the fund in a rapidly changing market, who will seek out and encourage new approaches and innovative ways of thinking in programme-making, and can think creatively about the financing, distribution and ability to discover content across a variety of platforms.

The BFI is committed to creating decision-making roles outside London, and is developing the creative screen sector in Yorkshire through its Lottery-supported Creative Cluster Challenge Fund. We wish to locate some of the Fund staff, including the Head of the Fund, in the Yorkshire Cluster, to capitalise on the growing talent and production strengths in the North of England, and to align closely with the emerging PSB commissioning hubs in Leeds and Salford.

You will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, excellent support for working parents, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others. Further details about the post can be obtained by visiting www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/job-opportunities.

 

The closing date for applications is Monday 26 November.
First interviews will be held on Monday 10 December.

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