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Contract Type:Fixed
Salary or training bursary: £22,000 per annum pro-rata
9 Months
Company:STV Studios
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:29/10/2020 - 23:59
Start date:Mid-November

Drama Development Trainee

Do you have a passion for television drama? Do you love to read books and watch films? Do you want to find new stories to tell? If so, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss…

STV Studios are one of the most established production companies in the UK, and has been producing TV drama for over forty years. Well known for making popular crime dramas such as Taggart and Rebus and more recently the critically acclaimed TV film Elizabeth is Missing for BBC One, starring Glenda Jackson. It also produced the four-part legal thriller, The Victim, starring Kelly Macdonald, which broadcast on BBC One and was a critical and ratings success. STV Studios also has an exclusive partnership in place with celebrated drama producer Elaine Collins (Vera, ITV and Shetland, BBC One).

The team in STV’s London office are looking for a talented trainee to join their drama development division. The successful candidate will be someone who has a passion for storytelling, who loves drama in all forms, is curious about the world and is a real self-starter. No experience of working in TV is required.

If you want to be part of a team creating brilliant scripted content for audiences to enjoy all over the world, then this is the opportunity for you. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Drama Development, contributing to the generation of new ideas, conducting research for new and existing projects, and providing creative and admin support to the drama team.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative individual to undertake a paid nine-month internship. By the end of the programme, you’ll have had hands-on experience of drama development across a variety of projects and gained an in-depth knowledge of script analysis and assessment.

What You Will Learn

  • Producing industry standard script reports
  • Shaping ideas into drama pitches
  • Working with writers to develop their ideas and scripts
  • Learning how the TV drama business works

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • A passion for drama, and an enthusiasm for TV drama in particular
  • Excellent writing and oral skills
  • A resilient, positive, can-do attitude
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact with people from all backgrounds and ages with confidence, using tact and diplomacy

Academic Requirements

  • No academic entry required – you do not need a degree or other professional qualifications to apply

To Apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Please answer the following questions in your covering letter:
  1. Why this is the perfect job for you?
  2. Why you are the perfect candidate for the job?
  3. Tell us why you love theatre, film or TV, whether because of something you’ve done or simply because of your experience as a viewer/fan.
  • In addition, we would like you to write a review of your favourite British drama of the last 12 months. (No longer than 2 sides of A4). Tell us why you loved it – this might cover casting and any other aspects of the production – but we also want to know what stood out to you about the writing and directing. What worked, what didn’t and what, if anything, would you have done differently? It would be helpful if you could start your review with a brief summary of the show.
  • Once submitted, applications are final
  • Do not contact the company directly

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group which is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.