Head of Development (Drama) - [A5021]
This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning scripted television production company as Head of Development.

Our client is a renowned scripted production company, producing award-winning modern and innovative programming by working with the very best writing talent. 

Their programmes can be seen on many of the major UK broadcasters and platforms, including the BBC, Sky, ITV and Netflix, and their productions have become highly successful ratings winners.


Our client is looking for a talented and innovative Head of Development who will lead our client’s development strategy and create a slate of exciting high end scripted projects. 

Overseeing the development team they will  originate, develop and pitch winning  new programme ideas for UK and global broadcasters and platforms.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Meet and foster relationships with writers and directors, building lists of potential collaborators for projects
  • Assess new submissions and provide editorial notes to the script teams working across pre-production and production
  • Being aware of changes and developments in the market and commissioning landscape
  • Attend meetings with broadcasters to pitch new ideas, demonstrating editorial judgement and understanding of their commissioning strategy
  • Proactively identify and develop new material and talent, tracking the UK and US TV Drama market, theatre shows and awareness of the book market.
  • Managing an effective development team. Performing appraisals and interviewing new talent.

Some UK travel may be required. 


With experience in working in scripted development, you will have an excellent understanding of the development process. You’ll be able to demonstrate a career developing drama shows for leading channels and platforms. 

You will have a strong understanding of the submissions process as a whole, with demonstrable experience working in an editorial position. And ideally, you’ll have a first class book of contacts including writers, agents and script executives. 


An attractive remuneration package is available to the successful candidate. 

Next Step: To request a discussion about this role (in strict confidence), please send your details online via grapevinejobs, or directly email our MD, Anne Fenton [].