Scripted development producer – News UK (London)

Please note this role is advertised on a 12 month FTC.

Based in London as part of News UK’s Licensing team, this is an exciting opportunity for a creative producer to work with our print and digital titles in the development and production of scripted projects.

Across The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun our journalists uncover and report on thousands of stories every year.  Some of this news gathering is taken into longer form book publishing and some into episodic podcasts.  We now want to develop the pathway to take these stories to screen in partnership with Fox Entertainment Group.

The Scripted Development Producer will be tasked with identifying, developing, and presenting the most exciting materials from our archives and contemporary journalism to our colleagues in Fox Entertainment Group (FEG).


Day to day you will:

  • Pitch ideas to FEG Commissioning teams based upon IP developed from News UK’s journalism.
  • Move ideas from pitch through to commissioning and into production.
  • Mining the archive to identify the most relevant material for development.
  • Working with the editorial teams across The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun to find contemporary stories which lend themselves to scripted development.
  • Develop a deep understanding of FEG’s creative priorities by working with creative and commissioning teams in London, New York and Los Angeles,
  • Craft stories you identify into pitches for FEG and News UK executive teams.
  • Collaborate with the FEG team to develop your ideas by providing feedback on creative treatments, potential writing talent and other core creative processes.
  • Assisting in the ultimate production of those ideas.


What we are looking for from you: 

  • Creative vision – the ability to identify potential in stories and bring them to life in the pitch process.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in scripted 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 the industry as well as a keen understanding of storytelling and casting as it applies to the creation of winning, successful programming.
  • 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 mindset 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 skills, including the ability to work effectively within a collaborative team environment as well as diverse constituencies and both creative and business personality types.


Key Behaviours 

  • Creativity – must be highly creative, able to generate and develop unique and compelling ideas for TV shows and films.
  • Collaboration- experienced in working with directors, writers and other executives to develop projects.
  • Adaptability – readily able to adapt to changes in the market and trends.
  • Passion – must be passionate about TV & film, driven by a love of storytelling.
  • Persistence – exhibit the persistence and determination to see projects through from initial concept to commission and into production.


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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