Head of Talent Development & Production

£45,000 – £70,000
07 Mar 2013
22 Apr 2013
Job Type

Whilst sustaining and managing Film London’s already successful schemes, the Head of Talent Development will develop and deliver a dynamic digital production strategy re-invigorating Film London’s approach by embracing the opportunities presented by the digital age for London’s emerging talent.

A key member of Film London’s Senior Management team, they will identify and create new opportunities for talent, promote innovation and develop skills. We are looking for a strategic and entrepreneurial leader with a dynamic approach to inspire and empower London’s emerging talent and Film London’s team.

The postholder will embrace the new exciting digital content world and exploit the creative and business opportunities that it presents for London’s emerging talent.  They will sustain and develop Film London’s existing schemes including Film London’s cutting edge Microwave programme and its successful London Borough Film Fund Challenge.

Film London, as the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city’s new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support Creative Skillset.

Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

The Head of Talent Development will report to Film London’s Chief Executive. They will be managing a team of three staff as well as freelancers.


  • Create and develop an integrated strategy to support London’s talent from commissioning content to overseeing its delivery and dissemination.
  • Develop and manage the Talent programme for London in partnership with the BFI and its talent strategy.
  • Manage Film London’s existing production schemes with the relevant objectives and guidelines and oversee the successful delivery of the work commissioned by existing schemes. This includes Film London’s current production slate:
  • Film London’s innovative micro budget feature film scheme Microwave
  • Film London’s London Borough Film Fund Challenge
  • Film London’s talent programme supported by Creative Skillset

Where appropriate the post holder will review them to ensure that they are fit for purpose within the new digital strategy.

  • Develop and shape in partnership Film London’s next generation and slate of the Microwave scheme. Building on the strength of the first eight Microwave titles, this will include sourcing new partners and finance.
  • Develop creative and business opportunities for talent by providing access to content through digital platforms developed in partnership with industry.
  • Secure new business partnerships and seek the necessary funding to maximise opportunities for the sector.
  • Champion digital media, the creative opportunities and new business models it offers for emerging talent, including exploring opportunities in the games’ sector
  • Work closely with the other members of the Senior Management team and in particular the Head of Artists’ Moving Image, in defining key objectives for talent development and delivering these.
  • Engage with the industry building networks and seek collaborative opportunities at a national and international level.
  • Seek and maintain effective key partnerships with the public (in particular the BFI, Creative Skillset) and private sector.
  • Identify skills/training needs and priorities within the digital media sector, including Games, in London and frame strategies for their resolution, working with key partners, in particular Creative Skillset.
  • Inspire and manage the Talent Development & Production team.
  • Manage the departmental budget and all relevant project budgets.
  • Be a key member of the senior management team, advising on policy and strategy for colleagues and to the Board, as required
  • Provide advice and consultancy on all things pertaining to talent development.
  • Represent Film London, as appropriate, at meetings and events and to act as spokesperson for Film London, as and when required.
  • Carry out any other duties as required.
  • Operate at all times within Film London’s equal opportunities policy.



The successful candidate needs to be a highly motivated, dynamic and entrepreneurial individual who can bring fresh thinking, extensive contacts and considerable energy in order to drive Film London’s Digital Strategy.

  • Extensive experience at senior level in the digital and related content sector.
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of digital and related content production.
  • Detailed understanding of the changing markets and business models in which digital content and production companies operate.
  • Commercial skills including the ability to write business plans / applications, assess financial information, understand production finance and evaluate risk.
  • Highly motivated and experienced manager with proven results from delivery driven teams.
  • Proven experience of relationship building with the public and private sector
  • Good understanding of the international market place and competing markets.
  • Good understanding of cultural issues linked to the creative industries.
  • Credible and relevant contacts across the sector.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills


  • Understanding of public sector funding systems.


Place of work

Film London’s offices are at Suite 6.10, The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ. Travel around London may be required. Costs for travel required by work will be reimbursed.

Hours and workload

Time off in lieu will be possible in respect of hours worked over the standard week of 40 hours (inclusive of lunch breaks). Time off in lieu will not be allowed to accrue across leave years. Occasional work on weekends and / or evenings may be required.


All staff will be entitled to 25 days paid holiday in addition to public and bank holidays in each leave year (April 1st to March 31st). Not more than 5 days unused holiday entitlement will be rolled into subsequent years unless at the express authorisation of the Board and no payment will be made for unused leave.


The termination of the post will be subject to three calendar month notice on either side.

Probationary Period

The first three months will be a probationary period.


For further details and an application form, please download an application form from www.filmlondon.org.uk/vacancies. Alternatively, please send a large self-addressed envelope, quoting the job title to Personnel, FILM LONDON, The Tea Building, Suite 6.10, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ. Please post completed forms to the address above or email jobs@filmlondon.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 22nd March 2013

Interview date for first stage interviews: 9th April 2013

Interview date for second stage interviews: 19th April 2013 pm

It is the policy of Film London to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business, including its appointment of staff. We wish to ensure that Film London reflects the diversity of the communities in which it works. We strongly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Chinese and other ethnic minority groups, and disabled people.