Freelance Children’s Programmer

02 May 13

This is a role within the BAFTA Learning and Events team dedicated to fulfilling BAFTA’s remit to promoting and developing creative excellence in film, TV and games. BAFTA Learning and Events champion excellence both by developing creative skills and by recognising and promoting talent.

Freelance contract 2-3 days per week. 6 month initial period.
This contract is flexible. We are open to applications based on a job share or working from home or one of BAFTA’s offices outside London.
Day rate: £140-£160 per day dependent on experience

BAFTA is committed to supporting the children’s media industry in the UK and this role is dedicated to assisting the work of the BAFTA Children’s Committee in that mission. The Children’s Programmer will deliver two programmes: the first is a programme of professional development for those working or wanting to break into children’s media; the second is a programme of events and online resources aimed at families and children, promoting the winners and nominees from the BAFTA Children’s Awards.

Key responsibilities:

Focussing primarily on the BAFTA Children’s Award winners and nominees, this role will work with the Children’s Committee to develop and deliver activities in London and around the UK, including with BAFTA’s branches where appropriate. Reporting to the Head of Learning and Events, the role will work within the Learning Strategy as devised by BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee.

This role will maintain and develop relationships with key family and arts festivals and national partners which help deliver BAFTA’s learning programme to the children’s media industry and to a family audience.

Specific Responsibilities

Industry programme delivery

  • Work with the Children’s Committee to highlight key themes, sources of information and issues which will support children’s media practitioners in their practice. Work with Head of Learning and Events to devise events and initiatives around these issues.
    As an indication, the industry programme currently consists of 3-4 events per year, mostly delivered at BAFTA’s headquarters in London, Children’s Media Festival and at regional venues (e.g. in Manchester).
  • Deliver or oversee delivery of Children’s Industry events (events may be delivered by BAFTA staff or sub-contractors)
  • Consult with Children’s Committee and Jury Chairs on main themes emerging from the Children’s Awards process
  • Work with colleagues and partners to promote events as well as build and capture an audience of professionals.

Family programme delivery

  • Work with festival and online partners to deliver a programme of events and resources aimed at a family audience, highlighting BAFTA winners and nominees in a fun and engaging way
    -Delivering (or overseeing delivery of) complex live events at festivals in the style of a live broadcast
    -Working with BAFTA productions team to create online content not only from live events but also through to-camera interviews. Also advising on BAFTA content produced in-house for the Awards and any other possible Broadcast opportunities
    -Developing online partnerships to reach a large audience of young people
  • Work with Head of Learning and Events to identify and form strong strategic partnerships
  • Work with Head of Learning and Events to devise a strategy for content and event production which maximises reach for minimal resource input. For example the programme could be organised around genres so that each event and interview contributes to a bank of resources on e.g. Animation.
  • Liaising with the BAFTA Production team on the ideas above to ensure that all opportunities for on-line and broadcast are investigated
  • Work with sponsorship and fundraising teams to seek sources of income for events and broadcast
  • Work with communications team and Head of Children’s Awards to reach an audience of young people, mostly via BAFTA’s KidsVote (the public vote as part of the Children’s Awards)

Programme Management

  • Ensure that all events and initiatives
    -maintain BAFTA’s standards of excellence
    -contribute to BAFTA’s understanding of the industry
    -address industry needs
    -maintain BAFTA’s profile as the major charity working with film, TV and games.
  • Monitoring and evaluating skills development programme and adapting programme in line with audience feedback where appropriate.


  • Maintain good internal communications with BAFTA staff and attend regular Children’s Committee meetings.

Person Specification

  • Good understanding of the Children’s Media Industry in the UK and good knowledge of children’s media
  • Broad experience of managing events and projects of varying scales to a very high standard
  • Ability to work across multiple stakeholders in an inclusive and collegiate manner
  • Proven ability to work in a scalable way – identifying opportunities to maximise reach and impact from modest resources
  • Excellent communication skills – both in terms of personal presentation and in terms of communicating with an audience
  • Demonstrable commitment to BAFTA’s aims and objectives

Application Process

To apply please e-mail a CV and cover letter, detailing how you meet the requirements of the person specification, to by 1pm on 24May.

Please also complete our online diversity monitoring form. This form is not considered with your application.

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