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Introduction to Executive Producer or 'Editorially Responsible Person'
As part of Ofcom's requirements for Compliance and accountability, the BBC now requires every programme/series produced for BBC Radio by an indie to be overseen by an experienced Executive Producer. For some indies this may pose no real problem as they already have the services of suitable Execs in-house. However, for many indies this requirement means locating and retaining the services of a freelance Executive Producer.
RIG continues to work with BBC Radio 4 to maintain a list of approved EPs, each of who are available for freelance hire. RIG has also created a series of guidelines to help you and the EP understand the role and a basis for a fair and equitable fee structure for the work.
N.B. It is important to note that neither RIG nor the BBC is responsible for how you contract your EP! All information, guidance and advice offered on this web-site, or through any downloadable document is meant only as a guide to help you create your own personalised agreement. It is always recommended that you seek the advice of a lawyer if you are uncertain of any issue concerning contracts. RIG Legal Scheme members can take advantage of our Legal Services Scheme.
Aled has been producing radio comedy and entertainment for over eighteen years. He joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment in 1993 as a producer and worked on a wide range of series (around 230 programmes in total) for Radio’s 1, 2 and 4 across a seven year period. For Radio 4 he series produced the first three series of ‘The Now Show’ (which he also co-developed and piloted), eight series of ‘The News Quiz’ and many other radio comedy, entertainment and archive productions. In recent years he’s produced radio series of Charlie Brooker’s ‘So Wrong It’s Right’ and ‘The Personality Test’ - and also acted as executive producer for Radio 4 series of ‘My Teenage Diary’ (Talkbackthames),‘Tonight – with Rory Bremner’ and ‘What’s So Funny’ (Unique). His experience covers sketch shows, panel shows, topical comedy, archive, quizzes, chat shows, narrative sitcom and readings. Aled is also very experienced television producer, with credits on BBC TV, Channel 4, Five and UKTV. He has overseen comedy and entertainment programmes for major independents including TalkbackThames, Tiger Aspect, North One, Endemol and in-house BBC as well as extensive work as a development executive.
Alan Hall's been producing radio for over 20 years, initially as a staff producer at BBC Radio 3, largely working on or originating classical music or arts documentary strands, and since 1998 as an independent specialising in documentary-features. His own company, Falling Tree Productions Ltd, produces arts, history, social affairs and first-person stories for BBC networks (1Xtra, Radios 2, 3 & 4 and the World Service) and foreign broadcasters (including Newstalk in Dublin, CBC, ABC and Danish Radio). His own programmes have received two Prix Italias, Sony Gold in three different categories, as well as a clutch of other Radio Academy Awards, Third Coast Awards and other international prizes. In 2012 Falling Tree received top awards in all three Prix Europa categories (Music, Drama and Documentary) - an unprecedented achievement! In his capacity as Executive Producer, he has worked with a number of independent producers (White Pebble, Cast Iron, Andrew Green, Chrome Radio) as well as numerous Falling Tree producers (including Katie Burningham's Sony Gold winning 'Heel, Toe, Step Together', Nina Perry's Phonurgia-winning 'Melting Point', Peregrine Andrews' New York Festivals Gold-winning 'Sound of Sport', Chris Brookes' Prix Marulic-awarded 'Hark!',John Wynne's two Third Coast Award features and Pejk Malinovski's features that won Third Coast and Prix Europa awards. Alan is much in demand as a speaker and writer about radio (delivering a keynote speech at the 2012 IFC and contributing an essay to the acclaimed 'Reality Radio: Telling True Stories In Sound') and as a university teacher and awards judge.
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BRIAN KING: Award-winning producer of 1001 features, documentaries, dramas and comedy programmes across the various BBC radio networks over more years than I care to remember. Among the major strands and returning series I’ve produced are Costing The Earth, On The Ropes and Heresy. I’m a former senior BBC manager at Pebble Mill and Bristol and currently working freelance, mainly through the independent company Above The Title, producing Radio 4s legal discussion programme Unreliable Evidence and various features for Radios 2 and 4. I am an experience executive producer and have overseen productions for a number of indies including Above The Title, Unique, Loftus and Falling Tree as well as in-house departments.
Before going freelance in 2004 I was a Senior Producer in the BBC Radio Documentaries department. I have over twenty years experience as a BBC staff radio producer, during which time I have made programmes mainly for R4, but also R3, R2, Five Live and World Service. I have specialised in documentaries, features and readings, but have also produced and exec’d magazine programmes, live formats and dramas. I was Executive Editor of the award-winning Essential Guide to the 21st Century for the World Service. Since leaving my staff job I have continued to make programmes for R4, as well as other broadcasters, including digital channel Teacher’ TV. I have also been part of the compliance team for BBC TV Global Channels.
I have covered as Radio 4 Compliance Editor for Independents, and have substantial knowledge of Editorial Guidelines and understanding of compliance issues, from the viewpoints of both the BBC and the independent producer. I have worked with a number of indies as Executive Producer, which has been extremely rewarding. I am also available for development and consultancy work.
I am an award-winning radio producer and director with nearly 35 years experience at the BBC. I have worked with the best of British actors, producing and directing plays and features of outstanding quality often under significant time and money constraints. I have also produced several unabridged audio books, and am an experienced script editor. Since leaving the BBC, I have taught Radio Acting and Creative Writing to students and post-graduates at several leading Drama Schools including RADA and LAMDA. As an independent director/producer I have produced readings for Radio 4, worked in script development and as a consultant for independent companies. Recently I have directed four Afternoon Plays for BBC Radio 4 and two plays for the DRAMA ON 3 slot for BBC Radio 3, including one this year to mark the bicentenary of Verdi and Wagner. One of these productions won David Troughton a 2012 Best Supporting Actor award at the BBC Audio Awards. I produced the readings for the acclaimed 2013 BBC Radio 4 30-part series NOISE and helped the Wireless Theatre Company to achieve their first BBC commission, which I directed. This year, I directed a play on the fringe and have just completed writing and producing scripts for the forthcoming 'Georgians' exhibition at the British Library. I also write critical reports on radio plays for the Literary Consultancy. I have won 3 Sony Gold Awards, and directed several award winning performances.
Colin Anderson joined the BBC’s Programme Making Trainee scheme in 2002, where he trained in TV, radio and online production before specialising in radio comedy. He worked as a staff producer and later exec in BBC Radio Comedy for 12 years, over which time he produced stand-up, sketch, sitcom, topical comedy, drama and documentary programming across the BBC’s networks. As a producer, Colin won Radio Academy Awards for 'Mark Thomas: My Life in Serious Organised Crime' and 'The Now Show', with a further nomination for Radio 1’s late-night music and comedy show 'The Milk Run'. As executive producer, he’s provided editorial guidance for shows including 'The News Quiz', 'Just a Minute', 'Newsjack', 'The Museum of Curiosity' and 'The BBC New Comedy Awards', leading a team of 10 producers. Colin left the BBC in 2014, moving to Los Angeles to work as senior producer at maximumfun.org. He continues to freelance as both a producer and executive.
Dawn spent 19 years in BBC Radio. Starting off as a script clerk in Radio Drama she quickly moved to Radio Entertainment (now Radio Comedy) and spent the next 18 years there starting off as a production assistant and ending with 9 years as producer, 3 years as an executive producer and some months as acting head. Leaving in 2009 she now works as a freelance. Her main focus was on developing and producing comedy drama and sit-com, but she also worked on Afternoon plays and several panel shows. Programme credits include: Ed Reardon’s Week (2010 winner of Best Radio at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards); Safety Catch; Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop; Rigor Mortis; Absolute Power; A Certain Age; The Shuttleworths; The Rapid Eye Movement; The Lawrence Sweeney Mix; High Table Lower Orders; The Write Stuff. As an executive producer Dawn complied most of the comedy output at some time including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
I have acted as Executive Producer for my own production company, Allegra Productions (which I run with Robin Brooks), since 2004 although I have been working in Radio Drama since 1998. I have produced film, theatre and radio for the past fourteen years. In 2003 I produced six films for UK Film Council Digital Shorts , one of them Billy’s Day Out , won Best British Short Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival (2004). I am an experienced director (Nine afternoon plays, Two Classic serials, a Book of the Week , short story readings and recently a Saturday play for B7 Productions). I am an experienced script editor, abridger and have expertise with all aspects of Radio programming including budgeting, casting, compliance, pre-production, editing and post-production. I recently worked as Associate Producer for B7 Productions’ The Martian Chronicles to be transmitted on R4 in June. I’d be delighted to act as Executive Producer for other indies on a freelance basis.
…joined the BBC as a Studio Manager in 1972, and worked in Children’s Television and Radio Sport, before becoming a drama director. He headed the small BBC World Service Drama team for fourteen years, during which time the Unit won over thirty national and international awards - many of them plays directed by Gordon himself. He has instigated and overseen several international competitions; he initiated the the World International Playwriting Competiton for radio dramatists, run in conjunction with the British Council, which attracts well over 1000 entries. He was responsible, with his colleague David Hitchinson, for the development and launch of BBC World Service’s highly popular twice-weekly serial Westway , which ran for seven years. . He also wrote a monthly humorous column for the World Service magazine “BBC On Air” under the pseudonym “Nelson Mature” – a column which brought him far more mail than any of his productions! Gordon has twice adjudicated the National Theatre Awards in Zimbabwe; run Shakespeare workshops in Kenya and Uganda, been a guest lecturer on several occasions for the Radio Nederland overseas drama course and produced a Shakespeare revue for the Harare International Festival of Arts. He has directed a number of plays in conjunction with the Canadian Broadcasting Company and with LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, most notably “The Glass Menagerie” starring Julie Harris and Calista Flockhart (TV’s “Ally McBeal”), In 1998 he won the Writers’ Guild Special Prize for services for his work with new writers, and two years later won the Sony Drama Award for best drama with his World Service production of Alpha by Mike Walker, an award he won again in 2004 with Gregory Whitehead, for Whitehead's The Loneliest Road . He is a founder member, and ex-Chair, of The WORLDPLAY GROUP a radio association of drama directors from broadcasting stations around the world. In April 2001 he became Head of BBC Radio Drama, a post which he held until his retirement from the BBC in March 2005. During this time he was a judge at Prix Italia and Prix Europa conventions, and his tenure as Head culminated in the Department winning its largest ever number of awards in a single year. Gordon has now retired from the BBC and is an Executive Director of Goldhawk Essential. He has recently produced Alan Bennett’s latest book Untold Stories for BBC Audiobooks and BBC Radio 4 and will shortly be directing a four-part production of Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods.
COMEDY / DRAMA / PANEL GAMES / NARRATIVE SITCOM / FEATURES / FACTUAL / ARTS
A former inhouse executive producer in BBC Entertainment, Graham’s experience covers a particularly wide range of emerging talent and established stars.
In satire and topical comedy, as a producer, his output has included important work by Mark Thomas and Eddie Izzard; and as an executive producer, he handled all series of Charlie Brooker’s "So Wrong It’s Right" (Aled Evans for Zeppotron, R4 1830) and is now handling the new social satire panel game "Best Behaviour" presented by Holly Walsh (also Aled Evans for Zeppotron, R4 1830). Live satire he’s exec’d includes Nick Hancock’s "The Back End of Next Week" for Hattrick.
What’s the chief characteristic of his support for a production as the compliance exec? That compliance must be followed but the script mustn’t get weakened as a result – grounded perhaps in him having cut his teeth as Rory Bremner’s first series producer.
A light touch with complex issues extends into non-comedy. For Whistledown he directed Radio 4’s unabridged new performance of "v." by Tony Harrison. In drama, he handled as exec the complex race issues in "Mogadishu" for Radio 3 (producer Roger Elsgood), and was involved in the 'Sex for Grownups' strand within The Friday Play and the Afternoon Plays by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (Radio 4). Other companies Graham’s worked with include Avalon, Wise Buddah, Somethin’ Else and many more. He handles innovative formats, such as the originations of Radio 4’s first forays into performance poetry, and as a former head of Radio Comedy North he knows about starting with emerging talent/ideas and ending with long running, popular series. Approachable and happy to discuss projects, he’s also worked as a development exec, and in TV, and is currently Vice President of RIG.
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Gus Beattie is a freelance radio comedy producer with 13 years experience and 14 award nominations to date, and in the role of Executive Producer has an acute knowledge of BBC Radio compliance procedures and audience expectancy when it comes to comedy. He worked for top Scottish independent production company The Comedy Unit for over a decade creating, writing and producing sitcoms and sketch shows for BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland. Key network comedy credits include the award winning 'Fags, Mags & Bags', 'The Absolutely Radio Show', and 'Sketchorama' all for Radio 4. Other notable series include the critically acclaimed 'Mordrin McDonald: 21st Century Wizard' starring Jack Docherty, Gordon Kennedy and David Kay. In 2014 he picked up a BBC Audio Drama Award for best live audience scripted comedy for his Radio 4 show 'Sketchorama: Absolutely Special'.
In 2011, 2013, 2014 & again in 2015 he was nominated in the Comedy Producer of the Year category at the Radio Academy Production Awards. Other awards include a Writers' Guild Award in 2008 for 'Fags, Mags & Bags' for BBC Radio 4 (nominated 2011 & 2013) and a Sony nomination in '08 for the same show.
I have over twenty years of experience of being an Executive Producer within BBC Radio, and am now working as a freelance. For the BBC I have produced and directed over 200 radio dramas, documentaries and features for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. I have also worked with BBC Online and have produced dramas and short films for BBC Television. Recent radio productions include 'James Joyce's Ulysses', 'The Count of Monte Cristo', 'A Tale of Two Cities' (Radio 4) and 'Kafka the Musical' by Murray Gold and 'Imo and Ben' by Mark Ravenhill (Radio 3). I have worked as Commissioning Editor for Radio 3 speech programmes, and as acting Head of BBC Radio Drama. I am a former head of the European Broadcasting Union Drama Project Group and have served on a number of internal BBC reviews. Awards include Sony Awards for Best Drama Production, Prix Europa, BBC Audio Drama Awards, BBC Audio & Music Gold Award
Award-winning radio producer/executive producer. Drama productions include: A SUITABLE BOY, recorded in India (Production and Drama awards at the 2002 Spoken Word Publishing Awards. Short-listed in the audio category of the 2003 British Book Awards): BLEAK HOUSE, (Sony Radio Awards 1999 – Winner: Best Drama. Talkie Awards 1999 – Winner: Best Dramatisation – Winner: Best Classic Abridgement): FATHERLAND (Spoken Word Publishing Awards 2004 – Winner: Best Drama); THE HANDMAID’S TALE, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood (Spoken Word Publishing Awards 2002 – Nominated: Best Production); TALK TO SLEEP (Sony Radio Awards 2000 - Nominated: Comedy): HOTEL EUROPA (Prix Europa 2002 - nominated). He also produced for Radio 4 the semi-improvised, fast-turnover news-based drama series ELECTION LIVES and The Hong Kong Holding Company. Recent productions for Radio 4 include radio dramatisations of Amitav Ghosh’s THE SHADOW LINES and Boris Akunin’s LEVIATHAN. Documentaries include: LANDSCAPE OF FEAR (Sony Radio Awards 1999 - Winner: Best Arts Documentary THE MYSTERY OF THE AFFRAY, the travel series The Traveller's Souk, ITCHY FEET and the Woman’s Hour serial DAUGHTERS OF BRITANNIA. He has recently returned to the UK after two years as Head of Drama and Light Entertainment for Radio New Zealand. He is currently producing for Radio 4 a full cast dramatisation in Egypt of The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz.
22 years varied experience in network radio production, and more recently digital film production. Now working across both media. Much live radio experience in magazine programmes, and much experience in documentary features for most of the networks. Music and “experimental” arts/docs a specialism. Tri-Media Production Trainer at BBC Training for 3 years. Lecturer in Radio /TV Journalist production at London University of the Arts. Softwares: Protools, Sadie, Radioman, Avid Express Pro, Final Cut Pro.
Marilyn Imrie was for 12 years a BBC drama producer in radio and television in Scotland before she moved to London to devise and launch the BBC R4 soap Citizens. During this period she won two TRIC awards for Radio productions, Two Sony awards for production and performance, and the Samuel Beckett award for her television drama production Paris from BBC Scotland for BBC 2. She was commissioning editor Radio 4 plays until 1999, when she joined the award winning Independent company CBL, for whom she is development producer for screen and radio drama; she was part of the production team that won for the company both the Sony Gold and Silver drama awards this year, and a recent Sony nomination for the production Mortimer’s Miscellany. Her R4 production Ancient And Modern is nominated for this year’s Sandford St Martin Trust award.
I've experienced high-end technical and editorial roles within the BBC - both at network and local level. In a nutshell, I joined BBC staff in 1979 and then surrendered that security for a rolling contract at Radio 1 between 1985 and 1995. Upon leaving that role, I formed 'apparatus' and subsequently worked with all other networks in some capacity, barring 1Xtra and Radio 3.
Broadcast journalist since 1990; freelancing for Radio 4 since 1990, much of it potentially libellous stuff for You & Yours; produced three editions of File on 4 as a freelance -- all contentious subjects; founded Pennine Productions LLP in 2000, with three other producers; co-founded Square Dog Radio LLP in 2007 with Mark Whitaker; exec'd over 50 Pennine and Square Dog programmes for Radio 3, 4, and World Service -- VERY familiar with the Compliance procedures and the new Editorial Guidelines; founded Radio Independents Group in 2005, led successful negotiations on new Terms of Trade in 2005. Currently Vice-Chair of RIG.
18 years experience in professional UK radio, working as a presenter and producer for many commercial radio groups and for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as producer for London Radio Service. Since joining Ladbroke Radio in 1999 I have engineered, produced and exec. produced over 500 BBC programmes for all the networks, but specifically Radio 4. Bought the company in Oct 2008 and am now Managing Director – specialised areas include engineering and compliance guidelines; Archive Hours, music docs and comedy, drama and readings. Award winning script-writer and radio drama director. Also former Chair of the Radio Independents Group, Trustee of the Radio Academy, and Trustee/Secretary of the Gateway School of Recording (GETSET Charity). I also co-own and run Spokenworld Audio, a new audio comissioning, publishing and distribution business.
Richard has been producing comedy and entertainment programming across the range of BBC Radio networks since 2002, when he became an in-house producer at Avalon Television. Throughout his seven years at Avalon, he played a key role in expanding the company’s radio output, producing and developing new and varied formats for BBC Radios 2, 4 and 5, and helped the company become one of the largest Independent producers of radio comedy in the UK. His critically–acclaimed back catalogue includes satirical shows such as Radio 4’s “The Department” and “Political Animal”, panel shows such as Radio 4’s “Banter” and “Heresy”, and broken comedy series such as Radio 2’s “Out To Lunch”. Now working freelance, he continues to produce and develop shows for independent production companies.Richard also produces for Television, having worked on comedy shows for ITV1, Channel 4, BBC Three and Fox Network in the US. He gained a Rose D’Or nomination for Best Comedy Series with “Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor” in 2009, as well as cutting his teeth on shows such as Best Comedy BAFTA-winner “The Sketch Show” and cult classic “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”.
Roger Elsgood is the creative director and executive producer at Art & Adventure. He has been making long-form, usually location recorded, dramas and features on the arts and artists for more than eight years. He has produced ‘To The Wedding’, Theatre de Complicite’s first production for radio which was nominated for the Prix Italia; adapted, directed and produced Anne Michaels’s Orange Prize-winning novel ‘Fugitive Pieces’; adapted and produced the 5th century Sanskrit epic ‘The Mrichhakatikaa’ and John Berger’s play with the artist Juan Munoz ‘Will It Be A Likeness?’ He works closely with director Mike ‘Get Carter’ Hodges and has produced the first two plays in Mike’s radio trilogy ‘Shooting Stars and Other Heavenly Pursuits’ and ‘King Trash’. The third is currently in development. His work also includes ‘When Shura Met Hobie’ with the pianist Shura Cherkassky; ‘A Shadow Into the Future’, a feature commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with writer Geoff Dyer; ‘De Profundis’, Corin Redgrave’s National Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas and ‘Berlin Project’ with the British artist Tacita Dean. Berlin Project has been acquired by the Tate Gallery and is currently part of Tacita’s exhibition at Tate St. Ives. He is currently producing ‘Inferno’, an adaptation of Dante’s poem for theatrical performance with audio artist Robin Rimbaud. Roger is a trustee of several arts organisations in the UK and France. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the RIG executive committee.
The following is a basic explanation of the role of the Executive Producer:
* To provide editorial guidance throughout the production
* To offer advice where requested
* To offer Compliance advice throughout the production
* To listen through to the final edit of the programme/series and suggest changes where required
* To listen through to the MASTER version of the programme/series where the producer is unavailable
* To check through and counter-sign the Compliance Form
* To be ultimately responsible for the editorial and compliance procedure relating to the production of the programme/series with said responsibility continuing after the production period has ended and the programme/series has been broadcast (e.g. advice/guidance/sign off for repeats, etc...)
For the majority of Radio 4 programmes it is not expected that you will require the services of an Executive producer for more than 1 day (8 working hours) spread across the duration of the production. However, series, dramas and comedies may require more extensive input and therefore a bespoke agreement. The following fees are meant as an industry standard basis for agreements between EPs and indies. As always, you are free to negotiate your own rates:
* One Offs & Ad Hocs (up to 1hr duration) 1 Day £250
* Series (up to 30mins per episode) 3hrs/ep £150/ep
* Drama (up to 1hr duration) 1-2 Days £250/day
* Drama (over 1hrs duration) 2-3 Days £200/day
* Readings (up to 5 x 15min episodes) 5hrs £200
* Readings (up to 10 x 15min episodes) 1 Day £300
* Readings (over 10 x 15min episodes) 1.5 Days £400
N.B. Strands should be negotiated on a per deal basis
The following guidance is intended to help both the EP and the indie to understand the contracting process:
* An EP has to be contracted to the specific production, with the contract laying out the responsibilities and fee structure
* The contract should also spell out the EP's continuing responsibilities in the production following transmission
* You should consult with a lawyer in regards to drafting company-specific terms and conditions
* RIG recommends, but in no way requires, that a standard-fee payment schedule should be based on a 'payment-after-delivery' basis - delivery being considered as acceptance by the BBC of all of the contracted items.