Head of Development Position (full time job opportunity)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2022 in News


Join the team! Deadpan Pictures is recruiting a Head of Development

This is a senior management position reporting to the Founders.

Job Specification:

  • Responsibility for all aspects of Talent and Project Development and Strategy in the Company. Working with the EPs/Founders and leading the Development team to generate ideas and projects in a volume appropriate for a company of Deadpan’s scale.
  • Identifying, managing and developing talent, including writing and directing talent and potential vehicles for on-screen talent.
  • Managing the Writer Rooms to develop projects with assistance from the Development Team.
  • Negotiating Writers deals with Agents in tandem with Business Affairs.
  • Managing the in-house Development Pot and securing matching funding.
  • Managing development budgets, applications, submissions and reporting with the support of the Development team and Executive Assistant.
  • Pitching projects and identifying potential financiers.
  • Attending markets like Berlin Series, Series Mania, MIA Rome, MIP TV and/or MIP COM, Content London as well as outside-market travel to London and further afield to pitch projects and to develop and maintain partner relationships.
  • Liaising with funders and commissioners during the development and production process.

Skills required

  • Experience of working with writers, agents, financiers and producers in the development of drama and comedy drama series.
  • Ability to develop distributor and broadcaster/platform relationships.
  • Needs to be a self-starter with strong initiative and leadership skills.
  • Ability to identify unique and diverse voices with something to say in a comic tone.
  • A passion for drama series and the industry at large. A voracious reader of trades and viewer of content.
  • Experience of rights management and a solid understanding of intellectual property rights.
  • Strong negotiation and relationship management skills.
  • An understanding of the Deadpan ‘brand’ and ethos.
  • An understanding of Deadpan’s target audience, broadcasters and distributors.
  • An enthusiastic, hard-working and flexible problem solver. A ‘can do’ approach is essential.
  • Ability to work in a fast, efficient manner, managing competing demands across various projects.
  • Composure and Flexibility.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to manage and nurture a number of relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to think through problems, identify the issues and provide creative solutions.
  • Ability to see a pathway to production for projects from early development.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other team members.
  • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Employment Type:

  • Full time 2 year contract
  • Hybrid working arrangement possible – with principal place of business being Fairview.
  • Compensation in line with industry standards.

Deadpan Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants from all under-represented groups.

Application Process:

Apply with cv and cover letter outlining suitability to deadpanjobs[at]gmail[dot]com by noon 20th May 2022. Suitable candidates will then be called for interview. Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.