Development Editor – SISTER (London)

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Sister Pictures
Job Type
Fixed Term - 6-9 Months initially


Job Title: Development Editor

Reports to: Chief Creative Officer & Director of Development, London

Contract: Fixed term 6-9 months initially

SISTER has a new and unique opportunity for an experienced Script Editor to join us working directly for our Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jane Featherstone in London. The Development Editor will support the CCO in working across SISTER’s US development slate. The role will also work with the guidance of our Director of Development in London and will be in regular communication with the US team. The core responsibility of the Development Editor is to ensure the CCO is kept up dated with the US developments, including writing script reports and providing editorial opinion on scripts.

Role Summary

You will be the point of contact in the UK for any queries/updates regarding the US development slate. You will put in place a system to ensure that the flow of information regarding the status of the US developments is accurate, up to date and easily accessible.

Updating the CCO on weekly progress with developments and flagging in advance where input and support is required from the UK.

Be across delivery of new drafts related to US developments and ensure the UK team are briefed on these.

Build and maintain a strong relationship with the US team managing the slate. Act as a support to them to ensure they have access to the UK development team resources when appropriate.

Creative thinking: using your experience as a script editor in HETV you will be able to review scripts that the US team are working with and provide constructive editorial notes.

Maintain a good knowledge of the wider market and TV landscape – both UK and international, including understanding broadcaster strategies in the US and new commissions.

Support the US team with accessing the UK/European Writers and Directors talent market, including building and maintaining relationships with agents.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Previous script editing experience in HETV essential
  • Previous experience in a development role would be beneficial
  • Good knowledge and experience of film and TV output and development
  • Knowledge of key agents and talent within the industry
  • Ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to ideas and resolution of script problems

About You

  • An ability to build nourishing creative relationships
  • Excellent communication skills – ability to lead constructive dialogue with sensitivity and tact
  • Ability to work unsupervised, exercising initiative and assessing priorities
  • Team-oriented and organised
  • Positive and solution-focused
  • Calm under pressure

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About Us

SISTER was co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone to develop, produce and invest in visionary storytellers. SISTER builds upon Featherstone’s Emmy Award-winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures, as a new global entity with offices in London and LA. It unites the expertise of the founders alongside a team of renowned creatives to make breakout stories for multiple platforms.

Adding to the success of a slate of hit shows including Chernobyl (Sky/HBO) and Giri/Haji (BBC/ Netflix), SISTER is currently producing adaptations of Naomi Alderman’s literary phenomenon The Power for Amazon Studios and Adam Kay’s international best seller, This is Going to Hurt for the BBC. Additionally, SISTER is making Landscapers for Sky and HBO in association with South of the River Pictures. This is the first project from the independent scripted production company set up by Olivia Colman, Landscapers screenwriter Ed Sinclair and co-founder, Tom Carver in which SISTER has taken a minority stake.

SISTER has also made investments in new creator-led businesses including Campside Media, a podcast studio built around three award-winning journalists, and AWA Studios, a first-of-its-kind comic book and digital media publisher.

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