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Development Assistant Job description

Job Summary

To provide editorial and administrative support to the Director and the development team in order to provide an effective and efficient development system for the department. PA duties to Creative Director including diary management.  In this case in the TV industry.

Main responsibilities-Development Assistant Job description

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Free Job description Development Assistant


• To give general development and administrative back up to Creative Director, Development Executive, and other members of the editorial team.


• To support new development at all levels and to generate ideas for new projects within the team. Sourcing and suggesting new writers for projects and soliciting material when required.


• To support the Development team with initial research into potential and early developments. Supporting the Script Editors when required on more focused research on individual projects.


• Read and respond to external submissions when required on behalf of the Creative Director.

Knowledge and experience of Drama output and development.  A demonstrable interest in the wider Drama landscape.


• Experience of script reading and writing script reports with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper.


• Knowledge of script/talent sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent.


• An enthusiasm and interest in popular entertainment. A passion for drama: television, film, theatre and radio.


• The ability to problem solve and think creatively.


• The ability to juggle a wide variety and large number of different responsibilities and projects, while still maintaining a high standard of performance and an attention to detail.


• A willingness to be flexible, both in terms of the contents of the job and the hours involved.



• Excellent research, administrative, organisational and presentation skills.


• A broad based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques.


• Ability to work unsupervised, exercising initiative and assessing priorities but referring issues upwards where appropriate.

• Strong attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate administration systems.


• Experience of management of database information and producing appropriate management information and reports

• An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.


• Previous secretarial and administrative experience with demonstrable experience of managing a constantly changing diary


• A high level of interpersonal skills sufficient to enable the post holder to establish effective working internal and external relationships











• Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.


• A high standard of literacy


• Familiarity with office and information technology.


• Fully conversant with office computer systems and ability to plan and organise databases as required.

• To write synopses and pitches and any other back up material for assessment of potential developments or for commissioned projects when needed.


• Distributing subs within the editorial team and if necessary chasing up readers, editors and other members of staff for reports and responses.


• To help organise development initiatives including slate meetings, brainstorms, targeted sessions and occasional Away Days and ensure that staff are properly briefed beforehand.


• To keep department’s knowledge of new trends and developments in TV drama fresh, compiling bulletins of new commissions across the industry.


• To find ways of disseminating up to date information on new writers and directors in theatre, drama and film and devise ways for department to share information on recommendations for things they have seen and read.


• To manage and maintain freelance readers, including supplying them with submitted material, processing payments, ensuring they are probably briefed on department needs and that they deliver reports and letters on time.


• To deal with general inquiries from the public, the creative community and within the department including those related to projects and submissions. To be a point of contact with agents and writers.


•To log external and internal submissions and ensure they are read and responded to, and to write rejection letters in response to all levels of submissions when necessary. To take responsibility for the swift turnaround of submitted material to the department.


• Managing and maintaining the department logs and databases including those for projects and writers, keeping across internal development to ensure all submissions and development projects are up-to-date, logged and filed.

• To provide full PA support to Creative Director including diary management, answering phone, tracking reading, sourcing material, dealing with emails, arranging and booking travel, handling expenses etc. Also compiling the reading lists and ensuring reading is read and responded to.