Lotus FM is currently seeking applications for the Producer Drama position in Durban within the lively KZN Region. Reporting to the Senior Producer Mandate, this role presents an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic radio division.

Prospective candidates are invited to thoroughly review the comprehensive job description and submit their applications before the closing date of July 1, 2024. Lotus FM eagerly anticipates welcoming dedicated individuals who are enthusiastic about contributing to the world of radio broadcasting.

Lotus FM Drama Producer Position Overview: 

  • Division: Radio
  • Reporting Line: Reports to the Senior Producer Mandate
  • SAP Position ID: 60020677
  • Scale Code: 403
  • Closing Date: July 1, 2024
  • Requisition ID: 8261
  • Location: Lotus FM, Drama Department, KZN Region
  • City: Durban

Education and Qualifications:

  • National diploma or degree in Speech and Drama, Media Studies, Communication, or equivalent qualification.
  • Qualification in theatre, radio, or TV drama production.
  • Proficiency in technical skills such as Pro-Tools.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in radio content production.
  • Excellent command of the radio station’s language (both written and spoken).
  • Advanced knowledge of radio production processes, tools, and systems.
  • Ability to establish reporting and filing systems to ensure accountability.
  • Proficient project management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Understanding of various stakeholders within the media industry.
  • Skills in digital media.
  • Comprehensive understanding of current trends and socio-political issues.
  • Capable script writing and editing skills.
  • Familiarity with SABC Corporate Goals and legislative requirements related to broadcast content.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • Team-oriented with the ability to provide appropriate advice and guidance.
  • Comfortable working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Advanced proficiency in computer operations

Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Development:

  • Contribute to the development of plans for the drama department aligned with station strategy.
  • Workshop and align administrative staff, production teams, actors, script writers, quality assurers, and authors on strategic objectives.

Stakeholder Management and Collaboration:

  • Liaise with internal departments (Sales and Marketing, Finance, Audience Research) and external content providers.
  • Utilize market intelligence and research sources to enhance drama quality and relevance.

Operational Management and Process Improvement:

  • Develop station Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ensure compliance with stakeholders.
  • Conduct continuous reviews to identify market opportunities and ensure competitiveness.

Multi-Platform Development and Promotion:

  • Implement a multi-platform media approach for dramas, extending content to digital platforms.
  • Create teasers, promos, and engagement sessions to enhance public interaction and feedback.

Script and Production Management:

  • Assess scripts, provide timely feedback to writers, and make amendments for quality assurance.
  • Provide creative guidance to authors and scriptwriters, ensuring scripts are production-ready.

Creative Direction and Production Quality:

  • Manage casting processes for creative quality and direct actors for optimal performances.
  • Guide technical personnel on sound effects and recording techniques, overseeing editing processes.

Compliance and Risk Management:

  • Ensure adherence to broadcasting regulations (ICASA, Broadcasting Act), copyright laws, and SABC editorial code.
  • Monitor operational risks, compliance matters, and protect intellectual property rights.

Revenue Generation and Sponsorship Management:

  • Collaborate with Commercial Enterprises for drama sponsorships and product placement campaigns.
  • Align content with programming strategy to support revenue growth and sponsor engagement.

Leadership and Team Development:

  • Manage staffing, succession planning, and leadership effectiveness for fair workload distribution.
  • Provide coaching, counseling, and mentoring to enhance team performance and development.

Communication and Engagement:

  • Effectively communicate with actors, script writers, authors, technicians, and administrative staff.
  • Engage with content providers to develop detailed briefs and ensure high-quality productions

Application Process:

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  • Search and Select: Browse through a comprehensive list of current job openings and select the position that aligns with your career aspirations.
  • Review Job Details: Take time to carefully review the job description, including requirements and responsibilities, ensuring compatibility with your skills and professional goals.
  • Complete Application Form: Fill out the online application form, providing personal details, educational background, work experience, and upload a current resume/CV.
  • Attach Supporting Documents: Upload additional documents as required, such as a cover letter, certifications, or a portfolio, ensuring all necessary materials are included for a comprehensive application.
  • Submit with Confidence: Before submission, thoroughly review all entered information for accuracy and completeness. Submit your application to be considered for the desired position.
  • Confirmation and Updates: Upon successful submission, applicants can expect a confirmation message either on the website or via email acknowledging receipt of their application. Stay tuned for further updates regarding the application status, such as interview invitations or progress notifications.

In conclusion, the online application process provides a streamlined and effective pathway for prospective candidates to pursue career opportunities with the organization. By following the outlined steps registering or logging in, browsing job openings, thoroughly reviewing job descriptions, completing the application form, and submitting necessary documents applicants can engage confidently in the recruitment process.