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COVID Protocols Executive (6 month FTC)

  • Channel 4
  • 3100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
  • 09/07/2021

Job Description

Job Title: COVID Protocol Executive
Reports to: Director of Commissioning Operations
Department: Commissioning Operations

Department Description
The Commissioning department is responsible for selecting and helping shape all the content we distribute on our linear channels and across our digital platforms. We do this through a mixture of commissioning and acquiring shows and films, as well as news and sports coverage

Job Purpose
Support the Commissioning department and our production partners in the review of producers’ Covid-safety protocols, monitoring their adherence to our Covid filming guidelines and expectations.

This role will be working close with the Director of Commissioning Operations, our Production Finance team, as well as Commissioning Editors from across various genres. They are responsible for the development and delivery of our programme slate, and this role will help support them to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible and within all guidelines issued by our Legal and Health and Safety teams.

On a day to day basis you will liaise directly with our Senior Hostile Filming Consultant in the Legal and Compliance department, who has oversight of all Covid-secure production planning.

Key Responsibilities 
  • Work closely with Comm Eds and HoDs to fully understand editorial and creative requirements of each commission, to then approach all Covid-19 protocols from a commissioning perspective - understanding the impact of the protocols on production whilst ensuring editorial requirements aren’t compromised at the same time as ensuring we meet all health and safety and legal requirements is paramount.
  • Work closely with producers on behalf of commissioning to ensure Covid protocols are accurate, thorough and workable, as well as properly costed and in line with the expectations of both industry-wide and Channel 4’s Covid Filming Guidelines. Sign off will come from producers and their health and safety advisors, but this role will be required to provide additional support for commissioning teams in consultation with the Channel’s Hostile Filming Advisors.
  • Engage with producers to understand how Covid-19 health and production risks will be assessed and managed, and the impact on the cost of production.
  • Liaise with the Legal and Production Finance departments.
  • Give additional support to commissioning when notified of all suspected and confirmed COVID-19 infections.
  • In the scenario of confirmed cases, work with Hods and Commissioning Editors to help producers to protect cast and crew and to assess the impact on Channel 4.
Essential Experience and Skills
  • Previous experience of working with Covid-19 Industry Production Guidelines is essential.
  • Previous experience of Channel 4’s own Covid-19 Covid Filming Guidelines and what we expect from producers is essential
  • Must have previously worked in TV Production and/or Development at an Executive Producer / Head of Production level
  • Understanding of the production process and the pressures on production companies, and how these can impact delivery. 
  • Knowledge of the commissioning process 
  • Experience and understanding of financial, legal and compliance issues around television production, including OFCOM regulations  
  • Ability to work closely with Programme Finance to oversee the management of programme budgets and assess Covid-related risk to production finance 
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting and maintaining a strong network of external relationships within independent production companies, with emphasis on on-screen and off-screen diversity
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to give clear feedback in a business and creative context
  • Strong prioritising and time management skills, including demonstrable ability in working to hard deadlines
  • Highly organised and with an excellent eye for detail.
  • Knowledge of a range of independent production companies and a breadth and depth of programming across genres