Published on: 11 January 2018 in Career Development

BBC New Directors’ Scheme – Holby City and Casualty

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BBC Drama, supported BBC Studios and Directors UK, is pleased to announce part two of their continuing drama directors’ scheme.

It was announced in September that nine drama directors would be mentored over the following year on one of the BBC’s continuing dramas (Doctors, Holby City, Casualty & River City). 

Having successfully launched part one of the scheme (Doctors) we are now inviting applications from directors with greater experience in film & television to apply for Holby City or Casualtyplease apply for one scheme only.

As part of their training, successful candidates will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within nine months for a full directorial commission. It is our ambition that this will be the first step of an ongoing partnership with each of these directors; and, as their careers develop, so will their relationship with the BBC and the wider television drama community. 

We are looking for directors who are passionate about the show they are applying for. Consequently, candidates should be able to show a solid knowledge of their chosen show if they are invited to interview.

There will be two trainee director spots available on Holby City and Casualty and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions outlined on the BBC website.

The selection panel will include: Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom), Simon Nelson (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom), a team of experienced TV directors and BBC Execs from Holby City and Casualty.

  • Opening date for submissions:           15th January 2018 from 10am
  • Closing date for submissions:             5th February 2018 from 10am
  • Longlist interviews:                           26th February – 9th March 2018
  • Shortlist interviews:                           Late March 2018
  • Final selection notified by:                 1 April 2018

Please submit your CV; a pitch of up to one page explaining why you would like to be considered for the BBC Holby City or Casualty Directors’ Scheme; and up to 2 hyperlinks to your showreel and/or other supporting materials. You can submit via the BBC Writersroom online submission system using the links below. Please note that your CV and pitch must be submitted in PDF format.  

Click here to apply via the BBC website.

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