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Job Introduction

Are you an experienced Script Editor?  Passionate about Drama?  Ready for the opportunity to progress your career?   Then this is the role for you!

It's an exciting time to be part of our team with all of our award-winning Continuing Dramas that brings audiences together week after week.  From EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty to River City and Pobol y Cwm, our programmes remain a constant source of gripping entertainment, featuring cliff-hanger storylines and much-loved characters with whom our viewers have grown up.

Multi award-winning drama series about the staff and patients at the Holby City Emergency Department, charting the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives whilst tackling many controversial and taboo issues. Through great writing and visual flair the show balances gritty realism with high drama to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, week in week out.

The Casualty Editorial Team are at the heart of the drama offscreen!  They work extremely hard in a busy environment to help bring the scripts to life.  You will have the opportunity to learn and develop within an experienced Drama Editorial Office.

Role Responsibility

The Script Editor reports to the Script Producer and works as part of a team overseeing episodes from idea, delivery and through to shoot.  As the Script Editor, you will be required to advise on all script related matters as well as be responsible for managing the relationships between writers and the production staff. 

The successful candidate will be required to represent the interests of the writer to the production team and ensure that the author consents to major script changes whilst conveying the writers interests and point of view in his/her absence, whilst ensuring that they have the editorial brief and access to any technical or consultant expertise that they require.

You will be required to generate creative solutions as well as long term story ideas, whilst carrying out all the necessary checks and ensure that all scripts are editorially correct, raising and resolving any Editorial Policy concerns, doubts or competing views with the Script Producer and ensure all advice is incorporated into scripts.

During preparation of the script, you will ensure that all negative (e.g brand names) and legal checks are implemented to avoid copyright infringement, libel and defamation issues.  You will also be required to monitor filming of episodes and be on-hand to discuss any dialogue or story concerns as and when they arise.

In addition you’ll attend commissioning meetings, story meetings and various production meetings as required. You may also be required to read and assess spec scripts, and to work with potential writers on trial scripts during the course of Casualty’s New Writing schemes.

The Ideal Candidate

People working on Casualty are a talented, experienced and creative bunch. To join them and make this programme the most talked about on the channel, it’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for -

  • You should demonstrate prior experience of Drama Script Editing ideally on a Continuing Drama Series
  • You should have significant experience in generating creative ideas and treatments and experience of working with new and experienced writers under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • You should also have strong communication, negotiation, influencing and persuading skills and the ability to work within a team and on your own initiative
  • It is important that you have an understanding of the copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications for production processes
  • You should have an awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions
  • You should have a thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent
  • And enthusiasm and interest in BBC Drama Production, especially Casualty

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Job ID 36341075968 Date posted 16/09/2022 Location Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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