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The script department plan, develop, write and edit the narrative of a television production. Writing is a key part of the job, but there are many other aspects and skills involved in script jobs.

Skills needed

  • Able to read in large quantities
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Work well in a team
  • Have an understanding of editorial guidelines
  • Able to work in pressured environments with tight deadlines
  • Able to use editorial judgement and share and develop ideas
  • Strong knowledge of different genres, character development, plot devices, dialogue and style within TV
  • Understanding of screenplay format and layout, including the development process

Job roles

  • Script reader
  • Storyliner 
  • Script editor
  • Screenwriter/Scriptwriter
  • Story Producer
  • Development assistant
  • Drama development editor
  • Drama development producer
  • Development executive

Duties include

  • Creative writing and logistical writing including assessment of themes, setting, characters, dialogue, format, structure, narrative
  • Script editing
  • Reading a large quantity of scripts
  • Keeping up to date of script changes and developments, noting any issues with continuity
  • Handle admin duties including all production paperwork with efficiency, accuracy and while maintaining confidentially
  • Assist actors going through dialogue and note any changes
  • Ensure the smooth running of the project
  • Provide logistical and production support
  • Work to the specifications set out by the producers and production managers of the show

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