Development Producer – News UK (London)

Please note this role is advertised on a 6 month FTC.

The role: This pivotal role requires a strategic individual who is adept at mining the rich archives of News UK for compelling content that aligns with the development goals and priorities of our licensing business and our TV & film production partners.

Based in London, this is an exciting opportunity for a forward-thinking and inspired creative executive with experience in TV and film, as well as the development of scripted or unscripted programs.

The Development Producer will be tasked to research, identify and present the most exciting materials from News UK’s existing library and current programming to our TV & film studio production partners for development.

Day to day you will:

  • Conduct in-depth research within the News UK archives to unearth material with significant potential for development into series or films.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of our studio partners development priorities by collaborating closely with relevant teams.
  • The ideal candidate will adeptly interpret creative direction from studio and production partners to pinpoint material that meets their specific objectives.
  • Establish and maintain a systematic process for presenting selected material to partners. This includes crafting persuasive treatments/pitches that succinctly highlight the material’s potential and offering insightful recommendations on adaptation strategies.
  • Forge strong connections with News UK’s newsrooms and editorial teams to swiftly identify compelling stories suitable for development.
  • Undertake analysis and provide detailed reports on clearance issues, actively supporting the rights acquisition process as needed.

What we are looking for from you: 

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in content development with a significant tenure within either a TV broadcast, cable network, Studio, or established independent production company.
  • Must have a working knowledge of global trends in TV as well as a keen understanding of storytelling and casting as it applies to the creation of winning, successful programming.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to serve as a creative strategist in a highly entrepreneurial, fast growing, and collaborative business environment, as well as a track record at selecting and developing material which is trendy, innovative and compelling.
  • The ability to function in a complex, fast-paced and demanding environment, an entrepreneurial drive and passion for the business, the content and the audience.
  • The ability to think creatively and encourage this type of thinking among team members; an imaginative, innovative mind-set with strong combination of creative sensibility and keen business acumen.
  • An excellent writer with strong communication skills and the ability to present his/her views in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including the ability to work effectively within a collaborative team environment as well as diverse constituencies and both creative and business personality types.

We are News UK: One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland.  Our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, TalkTV and Virgin Radio UK, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning print and pixel, audio and video, events and experiences, our multiplatform brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.

Life at News

Driven by passion, guided by principles and acting with purpose. We represent, reflect and reach the nation, telling the stories that matter. We inform our audiences so that they can make decisions based on trusted information.

To do this, we believe our employees must represent different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy, which focuses on three main priorities – attracting talent from a wider, more representative pool, developing equity programmes to drive better representation in our leadership, and ensuring diversity and inclusivity in our workforce as well as the journalism and content we produce. We also currently have 12 employee led networks and groups that support our strategy and connect like minded employees socially.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access
  • Private medical insurance including coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Discounted gym memberships, free ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual yoga classes
  • ‘Bikes for Work’ and ‘Electric Car’ scheme
  • Up to 60% discount on Harper Collins books
  • Access to exclusive events and competitions with exciting brands such as talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK & The Times. Weekly virtual panel chats with top journalists and celebrities
  • Access to wellbeing benefits such as EAP, physio/massage and counselling
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%
  • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays and up to 4 volunteering days per year

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when applying for a role. Please let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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