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Head of Short Form – Job Share (3 Days a Week), ITN Productions – ITN – London

Company: ITN

Address: London

  • Full Time


The Head of Short Form works across both production and development in the short form, digital and television entertainment space. You will be responsible for generating new ideas and pitching these to a strong contacts list in the commissioning world. You will also manage the day-to-day production of entertainment news and topical content for a number of clients. This includes overseeing two major broadcast series for UK networks. You will work with a small team of presenter/producers, producer/editors, overseeing scripts and story selection on a daily basis and signing off edits for broadcast.
Working closely with a Production Coordinator, you will also manage the rota and develop new talent. As an entertainment news specialist, you will be fully across the celebrity and pop culture agenda, have a great contacts book, and when required you will be able to roll up your sleeves up and help with edits.
A key part of the role is development: working to create new formats, series and singles in the short form, digital and television entertainment space. You will also work to get these development ideas commissioned in the short form space and manage/oversee the teams required to make the content. While the balance will vary, the role is approximately a 50%/50% split between managing ongoing productions and developing/securing new projects.


  • Ability to generate creative ideas for new short form programming
  • Meeting with short form commissioners across appropriate channels and pitching ideas to secure new programming
  • Management of the Entertainment Production Team of presenter/producers, producer/editors and researcher
  • Full engagement in the entertainment news agenda for the two series in this area.
  • Oversee current/ongoing commissions
  • Sign off scripts for editorial/legal accuracy and tone of voice
  • With excellent attention to detail, you’ll sign off completed Avid edits, suggesting and completing tweaks to audio and picture if required
  • Manage the rota for the team
  • Oversee the entertainment planning diary, helping to organise shoots
  • Identify and developing new talent
  • Work up new pitches and proposals
  • Hire teams to work across commissioned content
  • Work closely with department and HR leadership to drive ITN’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy
  • Liaise with and manage ad-hoc freelance teams where appropriate
  • Work closely with the current Head of Short Form as part of a job share arrangement in order to ensure seamless weekly handovers and sharing of responsibilities

These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.


  • Excellent knowledge of media law/compliance
  • Great attention to detail
  • Development experience and a passion for coming up with – and securing commissions for – new ideas
  • Experience in working across budgets and tight schedules/timelines
  • An awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision-making
  • A keen interest in entertainment news and topical content
  • A flair for engaging, snappy content and a great eye for visually entertaining video
  • Experience of video editing, preferably with Avid
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines under high pressure at times
  • Experience managing a production team
  • Experience in audio production is preferred
  • Experience in building strong professional relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

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