**You must be authorized to work in the United States to be considered for this role.**
**Note this will be a Contract position, Full Time for 12 months. We will consider Part Time and flexible work options. Preference for those available to work in the BBC Studios LA office a minimum of 2 days per week.**
About BBC Studios:
BBC Studios Productions, part of the commercial arm of the BBC, are the UK’s most awarded creative powerhouse with 79 awards and over 300 nominations to our name in the past financial year.
Each year we produce more than 2500 hours of high-quality, distinctive programmes that cover everything from comedy and drama, factual and factual entertainment, to entertainment, music and podcasts. And we don’t just do this for the BBC. Our teams also produce shows for a diverse range of broadcasters including Apple, Amazon, Audible, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV, Discovery, Netflix, Spotify and PBS in North America.
All our programmes bear the hallmark of quality, creativity and professionalism that audiences have come to expect from the BBC and as we expand our footprint to meet increasing demand for our style of quality and impartial journalism and unscripted content in North America, we are seeking motivated, passionate, high performing individuals to join our global team.
About BBC Studios Factual Podcast Unit:
The Factual Podcast Unit, part of BBC Studios Factual division, was set up in Jan 2021 following the success of Stay Free – The Story of The Clash for Spotify, which achieved high critical acclaim and was nominated for NME’s podcast of the year award.
The unit is now becoming a globally recognised producer of original, premium podcast content, through our brilliant journalism and original storytelling. Over the last 23 months we’ve been successful in winning a variety of commissions for UK and global broadcasters, including Lost At Sea, the story of Keith Davis, who mysteriously disappeared 500 miles from shore for Apple’s BBC Podcasts, Obscene: The Dublin Scandal, which hit the top spot in Ireland on iTunes and made the top forty in the US and Legends Fall in the Making for BBC Sounds, the story of a group of Soundcloud artists, which won Silver at the British Podcast Awards in July 2022.
BBC Studios Factual Podcast Unit is looking to increase their client base & grow our pipeline in the US, where the Podcast industry is more mature.
The VP Development Executive role will report into the Factual Podcast Unit’s Creative Director and Head of Development based in London and will focus on the following 5 key areas for development in the US market
- Narrative Original Mini Series
- Talent Fronted Formats
- Adaptations of successful UK formats
- Companion Podcasts for bigger SVOD shows
- Branded Opportunities
The VP Development Executive’s primarily focus will be to explore opportunities for the team in the US, helping establish new business relationships with external buyers. They will make introductions to the key commissioning contacts and programme finance managers for the rest of the team in the London. Once opportunities have been scoped, the VP Development Executive will begin to work with the Development team in London to originate ideas that respond to these commissioners’ briefs and track all of the ideas in the US pipeline.
The VP Development Executive will represent the team at pitches and in key in-person meetings to help build new business relationships for BBC Studios.
They will also be responsible for compiling monthly reports for the wider team that capture key headlines across the industry, which may include:
- Latest Commissioner steers
- Intel on recent commissions and by whom
- New partnerships and associated business models
- Commissioning tariffs - if information is available.
As part of their role the VP Development Executive will also help grow more connective tissue with the existing factual teams in the BBC Studios LA office - by spotting opportunities to collaborate with talent or for companion podcasts alongside a select number of our bigger shows.
This role is for a senior creative who will represent the team on the ground in the US at commissioning meetings, pitching our work and feeding back the latest commissioning steers and intel, as well as brokering deals in partnership with the senior leadership in London and our business teams.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this role will be exceptionally well networked with a variety of US Podcast buyers and have previous experience having worked in a business development role, or as a senior creative in the podcast industry.
As a global business, diversity, equity, and inclusion among team members is essential to our success. We therefore encourage highly skilled candidates from traditionally under-represented groups to submit their applications, even if they don’t check absolutely every box on our list of desired work experience.
Knowledge & Skills:
- High level of business acumen with demonstratable experience securing and executing business deals in the Podcast Market with a range of high profile buyers and partners.
- Obsessed with both multi-part narrative and factual-format podcasts, the VP Development Executive will have their finger on the pulse about the latest industry trends and what different platform buyers are looking for, to help them identify the low hanging fruit and best strategic partnerships for BBC Studios
- Previous professional experience working in a senior creative role for a minimum of 5 years.
- A good awareness of the output made by BBC Studios Production brands and our editorial values.
- Previous experience developing or producing premium multi-part podcast series is desirable for this role.
- The anticipated annual base salary for this position is $150k to $180k. The actual base salary offered depends on the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and geographic location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.
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