Job Title: Development Coordinator
Closing Date: 21st December 2018
Salary: Dependent on experience
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Blueprint Pictures is seeking a highly organised Development Coordinator to support the Head of Film Development and Head of Film. The Development Coordinator works in close conjunction with the film development team to drive the sourcing and development of new projects, writing talent, research and new ideas. The role is specific to the feature film department and does not include Television.
This role largely focuses on managing the film script submission process, identifying and recommending new material and writing talent to the team and tackling key areas of research. The role will entail producing script notes and collated development notes from meetings and calls to an extremely high level. Also working closely with the Head of Film Development and Head of Film on initiatives around development strategy and new ideas, and editorially supporting the development of new projects.
· Administrative support for the Head of Film Development and Head of Film (includes coordinating meetings; booking meeting rooms and coordinating travel arrangements as necessary).
· Logging and tracking all submissions to Blueprint Pictures (Film) and regularly updating the internal database to reflect the progress of projects
· Providing editorial input to the development process, joining script meetings and calls where appropriate, providing input and producing collated notes from these sessions to an extremely high level and in a punctual manner
· Compiling the development agenda for weekly meetings, writing up notes and generating action points
· Updating the system as new drafts are delivered and keeping records up to date
· Assisting with the coordination of the various film festivals and overseeing the festival schedule for the development team
· Keeping talent lists up to date
· Dealing with submission enquires via phone and email
· Office admin as required, including booking theatre tickets, booking meeting rooms, ordering tapes/DVDs/books
Identifying talent by:
· Working closely with the Head of Film Development to source new material and taking steps to identify new writing talent. Keeping across new trends and talent within film, TV, theatre and comedy both in the UK and internationally.
· Developing close knowledge of agents and their clients
· Soliciting material where appropriate, and maintaining an up to date library of samples.
· Maintaining the talent database.
· Checking availability of talent via agents.
· Regularly attending the theatre and screenings and reporting back on these sources of new talent.
· Communicating to the development team ideas and opportunities for new talent to be brought into the department.
Supporting the development of new projects by:
· Finding and distributing useful articles and background info (e.g. from press/internet).
· Proactively recommending new ideas for projects.
· Carrying out in depth research in support of new or existing developments.
· Sourcing ideas and developing high quality reports and pitch documents.
· Compiling lists of writers appropriate to individual developments.
· Keeping informed of new developments and trends in the UK and international market.
· Where appropriate, supporting the Head of Film Development in working with writers on the development of projects. Producing notes from creative sessions that are written to a standard suitable for sharing externally with writers, agents, directors and producers.
Overseeing script submissions by:
· Discussing key submissions with Film Development team.
· Managing relationships between the department and any freelance readers, including supplying them with submitted material, ensuring they are probably briefed on department needs and that they deliver reports and letters on time.
· Read and report on material submitted to the department
· Writing rejection letters in response to all level of submissions.
· Logging, acknowledging and charting all submissions
· Working with the team to ensure the swift turnaround of submitted material to the department
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
· Excellent editorial judgement and a track record of identifying great new ideas and talent, with a focus on commercial film output
· Knowledge and experience of film and television output and development. A demonstrable interest in film and television and an awareness of material currently in development and potential gaps
· Experience of script reading and writing script reports and collated notes with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper
· Some experience of script editing: providing notes and editorially supporting the team with projects in development or production
· Ability to work unsupervised, exercising initiative and assessing priorities but referring issues upwards where appropriate
· Excellent administrative and organisational skills
· Experience of management of database information and producing appropriate management information and reports
· Knowledge of agents
· Knowledge of script/talent sources and the availability and potential of talent
· An understanding of and the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems
· Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity
· An enthusiasm and interest in popular entertainment. A passion for television, film, theatre and comedy
· An extremely high standard of literacy