Job Summary

To direct creative scripted, reality and entertainment content activities for local productions as well as content acquisition

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Our client provides a multi-channel pay-tv and subscriber management services in 50 African countries including: Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. The company promotes the creation, showcasing and building up of local African talent. As an African business the organization has brought both social and economic benefits to the communities in which it operates, in terms of access to information and job opportunities.



Commissioning Editor
Reports to:
Channel Head
Direct reports


Channel Head

Commissioning Editor

To direct creative scripted, reality and entertainment content activities for local productions as well as content acquisition


The key accountabilities, interfaces and measures of this role are further elaborated

Key Accountabilities
Content Creation

• Develop innovative new programmes taking into consideration the Channels positioning and strategy
• Spot new trends in scripted content, new territories and approaches to contemporary programmes
• Ensure commissioned content achieves set ratings
• Ensure programming meets targets for audience ratings and is commercially viable

Content Acquisition
• Acquire content that is in line with the channel strategy
• Receive and review solicited and unsolicited proposals for licensing
• Give timely feedback to producers on whether the content will be acquired or not
• Manage the administrative processes relating to content acquisition

Managing Commissioning Process
• Write commission brief according channel strategy
• Commission content briefs to Industry
• Review and assess programme proposals
• Invite production houses to pitch proposals
• Select successful proposals in alignment with channel content strategy
• Provide feedback to production companies

Manage Production

• Ensure that programmes are produced to the highest standard and are cost-effective.
• Manage all productions houses strictly to contractual deliverables and ensure all contracts agreements are signed prior to production
• View and give editorial input on all programmes at online and offline stage.
• Approve scripts and shooting and casts for all programmes.
• Take overall editorial responsibility for programmes, ensure that programmes satisfy M-Net editorial standards
• All episodes and promos are considered against the Kenya Film Classification Board regulatory standards, and assessed for risk within target audience
• Ensure producers deliver programs and promotional material as per agreed schedule
• Approve all final programmes for broadcast
• Ensure content is delivered on time for multiplatform

Manage performance of commissioned Programmes
• Monitor commissioned programme performance against set business targets
• Develop contingency plans where improvements are required

Key Contacts
• Legal
• Media Operations
• Content Department
• Marketing
• Dubbing and Subtitling Suppliers
• Advert space Sales
• Independent Producers
• Finance
• National Arts Council of Tanzania
• Tanzania Film Board
• Copyright Society of Tanzania
• Tanzania Film Federation

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE The incumbent is required to have the following qualifications and experience level:
• A Degree in Film and Television/ Scriptwriting / script development
• Minimum of 5 - 8 years’ experience as an executive producer, series producer etc
• Extensive entertainment and broadcasting Industry knowledge and experience
• Experience delivering successful scripted content (Drama, Telenovela/Soapies/Films)
• Experience in delivering Reality and Entertainment
• Extensive understanding of audiences
• Deep knowledge of current and future content trends in multiple markets and platforms
• Understanding of the Kenya Film Classification Code, and Communications Authority regulatory and Programming Code
• Budget Management Experience

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES The incumbent is required to have the technical competencies
• Budget Management
• Project Management
• Rights management(content)
• Editorial judgement
• Risk Management
• Audience knowledge
• Script writing/Editing
• Content Creation and Acquisition
• Format development

BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES The incumbent is required to have the technical competencies
• Strategic Thinking
• Relationship Building
• Persuading and influencing
• Innovative
• Decision Making
• Conflict Resolution
• Holistic Thinking

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