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Executive Producer/Showrunner job, Johannesburg, Randburg

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Location: Johannesburg, Randburg
education level: Degree
Type: permanent
company: Rapid Blue

Job title

Rapid Blue, one of Africa’s leading production companies, is looking for an Executive Producer/Showrunner to join the team and provide leadership. This person will be responsible for developing and driving the strategic and creative vision from idea through to final delivery and compliance.

The role requires a well-established executive producer who will work on production, often with large budgets and significant reputation value. They will provide editorial flair, innovation, and strong, visible leadership to everyone who works on their show(s) and play a leadership role as part of the broader department. They will exercise significant discretion within editorial guidelines, manage diverse production team(s) and manage project programs from idea to delivery.

Application deadline: February 14, 2022

starting date: April 1, 2022


  • To be editorially, financially and administratively responsible for a range of production outputs.
  • EP A collection of textual and unwritten presentations.
  • Innovate and develop corporate strategy, anticipate audience needs and maintain relevance on all current and future platforms.
  • Ensure that programs/content are delivered on time and within budget, encouraging the highest possible creative standards throughout.
  • Work on commissioning agreements, FLA contracts, and service level agreements.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to creating diverse content and teams to reflect our audiences and ensure best practices.
  • Interface management with clients, channels, key talent and production teams.
  • Oversee all production elements including all compliance training and health and safety/Covid-19 protocols.
  • Participate in weekly producers’ meetings.
  • Playing a key ambassador role in ensuring that Rapid Blue has effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with development chiefs to identify key formats for the SA and the broader continent.
  • Initiate and lead the development of RB’s intellectual property and original ideas to promote and win new business, playing a key role in the commissioning process, where appropriate.
  • Work with Heads of Development in response to channel briefs and client needs
  • Take a leadership role in driving new projects and new ways of working, collaborating with other departments.
  • Provide clear direction, editorial insight, and quality control for both ongoing and newly delegated projects.
  • Look for job opportunities across the continent and internationally.
  • Travel when necessary to develop relationships with clients.
  • Meeting with potential clients / broadcasters / advertisers / coordinators – start and build strong business relationships and search for business opportunities.
  • Ongoing customer relationship management.
  • Cost and Deal Structure Original and pro forma ideas for promotion and response to briefs.
  • Keeping abreast of new developments in platforms, content and distribution.
  • Ensure compliance with Rapid Blue’s editorial guidelines.

Application process:

Email the following documents to moc.eulbdipar@sboj, mentioning “Executive Producer” as the subject:

  • A CV with two contactable references
  • Cover letter (tell us why we should choose you!)
  • Copy of qualifications or a letter from the institution
  • Copy of ID

If you do not receive feedback within 3 weeks of submitting your application, you may consider your application unsuccessful.

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Education requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an industry related qualification.


  • 10-15 years of successful professional experience working on various formats of television programs (text and non-scripted, commissions and co-productions, and exemplary productions and facilitation).
  • A proven track record of editorial insight, delivery and experience working on high-budget, prestigious productions.
  • Strong experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external partners, including joint production partners or similar.
  • Experience working with various broadcasters and clients.
  • A proven track record of providing high quality content with a passion for media and an understanding of audience trends.
  • Experience in ensuring teams work to deadlines and are adequately supported to deliver their best work.
  • Experience contributing to the overall strategic management of the department/genre.
  • Evidence of strong leadership and effective team management, ensuring employees receive development and performance management.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to focus on several areas of work simultaneously, prioritizing, constantly meeting deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities.
  • Able to create a clear editorial view of the content lifecycle across all platforms.
  • Able to demonstrate strong editorial judgment in a fast-moving environment.
  • Financial acumen and a strong sense of driving the best value to production budget.
  • Able to create and manage budgets, control costs and maximize value across all expenses.
  • Proven ability to develop innovative content, be open to new ideas and motivate colleagues to take creative risks, within Rapid Blue standards.
  • Demonstrable passion for creating content for the right audience and knowledge of those topics that inform, educate and entertain the audience.
  • Exceptional knowledge of finance and excel software.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Thorough knowledge of all legal and contractual agreements and regulations of Rapid Blue as they apply to the software, broadcast and digital media industry.
  • Accurate knowledge of industry trends and innovations around the world, creating effective networks and bringing them back to business.

Company Description

Started in 1993 by Duncan and Kee-Leen Irvine, Rapid Blue is built on passion, strategic thinking, innovation, quality and deep insights for our audiences. We’ve grown from a boutique company into a production powerhouse, infused a portfolio of global hits with a local flavour, developed original content, created authentic brand experiences, earned tons of awards, and built deep and lasting relationships.

Our productions and facilities include Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelorette, Family Feud, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Love Island and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to name a few.

Creativity and agility are at the heart of what we do, and we are experts at creating innovative and cost-effective solutions to any content challenge that comes our way. Whether it’s a TV commission or developing content around a brand marketing strategy, we are able to leverage our incredible production expertise and global networking to create talked about content that makes a tangible difference to our clients and their audiences. We are currently proposing a number of streaming and internet solutions to various clients facing unprecedented challenges due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Rapid Blue is all about strategy, process, craftsmanship, and collaboration, and we’ll work hard to learn about a brand, channel, or platform to make sure they achieve their goals as smoothly and quickly as possible. We are experts in aggregating advertiser-funded programs, with a proven track record of successful offerings that have had a positive impact on our clients’ earnings. We are able to align brands with the world’s largest entertainment formats, or create something customized that truly conveys the brand’s message.

The Internet and mobile are the most powerful platforms for transforming content into personal, intuitive and accessible experiences, especially for African audiences interested in mobile phones, where access to broadcasts may be limited. We know how to adapt content designed for on-air viewers to the non-linear creative strategies of online consumers.

BBC Studios invested in Rapid Blue in 2016, and we are their production partners in Africa, having produced The Great South African Bake Off, Evergreen Come Dine With Me and a new show, First Dates South Africa.

Posted on Jan 14 15:44, closing date Feb 15

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