Head of Development – Film 4 (London)

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Job Summary

Reference FD0034
Location Channel 4, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX
Salary Competitive 
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 17 October 2019 at Midnight

Job title: Head of Development 
Department: Film 4
Reports to: Head of Creative
Location: London

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in
UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Martin McDonagh’s
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s
12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were
Never Really Here, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is
England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Film4’s recent releases include Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Tinge Krishnan’s
Been So Long, Bart Layton’s American Animals, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Michael Pearce’s Beast. Forthcoming releases include Tom Harper’s Wild Rose, Chris Morris’s The
Day Shall Come and Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona. Films in production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed,
Sarah Gavron’s ‘Untitled Girls Film’, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To
Build a Girl, Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Cathy Brady’s Wildfire, Rose Glass’s
Saint Maud and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.

For further information please visit www.film4productions.com.

JOB PURPOSE
The Head of Development will be responsible for the execution of the Film4 development strategy and overall activity on the Film4 development slate. They will oversee
editorial notes on projects in development and co-ordinate the work of the Film4 Development and Production Executives with their own so that the numerous submissions,
competitive talent tracking and curation of the development slate are well covered.

They will work closely with the Head of Creative and the Senior Commissioning Executives to make sure the Film4 development slate has a sufficient number of high quality
projects annually for the Film4 team to convert into production. They will be responsible for managing and running the Film4 development slate, identifying gaps, helping
the development team in assessing all new project ideas that come into Film4, and working with the Film4 Management team to continue to build Film4’s future.

They must be able to work independently and generate fresh approaches and new territories for Film4 to explore in feature films; maintain established relationships with
production companies, writers, and directors; and continue to build relationships with a diverse range of talent new to Film4.

The role requires the ability to:
• Manage and quality control a wide range of often challenging development projects - overseeing and solving any complexities that arise
• Give creative feedback to producers and the team that will progress Film4 slate projects toward production
• Independently initiate and develop positive, creative relationships with a wide range of producers, directors and writers to ensure a steady supply of the strongest ideas
• Brief and inspire production companies and speak on public platforms
• Oversee the submissions process to help the team respond efficiently
• Represent Film4 nationally and internationally at markets and festivals
• Work effectively with other parts of the Channel - e.g. legal and compliance, marketing, press, other commissioning areas such as arts, specialist, factual etc

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
• The successful candidate must have a proven track record in scripted development, having overseen projects from script stage into production.
• Must have experience in handling a large portfolio of projects and shown the ability to curate a balanced and diverse slate.
• Must have a proven track record of demonstrating creative flair, strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
• Must have sound editorial judgement and a keen understanding of Film4’s aims and ambitions editorially
• Tact and diplomacy especially under pressure
• Fast and reliable response to scripts and a high turnover rate
• Confidence in working independently and autonomously
• Good range of contacts in UK and international film industries
• Extensive knowledge and understanding of recent developments in the UK film industry in particular
• Proven experience in the scripted film and TV industry

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Further information

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