How to become a commissioning and development executive: Craig Orr's story

Commissioning and development are the stages that happen before a programme is produced.

It can take months of hard work on tasks such as finalising the format of the show, or finding the perfect cast and team to work with.

To find out more, we've spoken to Craig Orr who is a commissioning and development executive for MTV. Since starting his career on a graduate scheme, Craig has played an instrumental role in producing some of MTV’s biggest shows including Geordie Shore, Ex On The Beach and Just Tattoo of Us.

Scroll down for more information on skills, working hours and salary.

What skills do I need?

As well as solid industry knowledge, a keen interest in what makes audiences tick and a passion for entertainment, you will need:

  • Great team work skills
  • Leadership skills
  • The ability to generate creative ideas
  • Strong written communication and attention to detail, especially in spelling and grammar.

What to expect if you want to become a commissioning and development executive

What will I get paid? This depends on the production company or broadcaster you work for, and your individual contract. A starting salary of over £35,000 is not uncommon for an executive role.

Where will I work? Your work could take you to lots of different locations nationally and internationally - executives are often expected to travel quite a bit.

What are the working hours like? Working hours can be long and irregular. Freelance contract work is very common.

What qualifications do you need to be a commissioning and development executive?

There are no set requirements, but you’ll need to have done some work experience or an internship within the TV industry, have a network of contacts and have TV credits on your CV.

Find out more on the Prospects website about working in film and TV production.

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