Deliver scripts for scripted productions

Business Sectors (Suites): Production (FILM and TV)
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 31 Mar 2019


Standard involves ensuring that commissioned scripts are of the required
standard, and that they conform to the agreed brief.  It is about advising on all script related
matters associated with the production, and managing the relationship between
the writer and the production.

is also about delivering an authentic and quality script or adaptation which
has been created in collaboration with all relevant parties

need to be mindful that the creative process is, by its nature, not tangible.
You have to manage a range of creative relationships in a flexible
and collaborative manner, in order to create a well-formed script.

This Standard is for those
involved in script-writing including script editors and writers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. provide
    writers with sufficient information to enable them to meet the style, content,
    form and any special considerations associated with production briefs 

  2. generate
    creative ideas and story ideas relevant to production briefs

  3. ensure
    that the treatment of established characters and continuity within story lines is

  4. make
    sure any drafts are carried out to meet requirements within deadline 

  5. inform
    script writers of the financial implications of editorial decisions

  6. refer
    to senior management at appropriate times to resolve doubts or competing views
    that may arise in relation to scripts

  7. co-ordinate
    and communicate all script changes to relevant people

  8. verify
    that all scripts are prepared in required formats

  9. confirm that all reasonable action has been taken to avoid copyright
    infringement, libel or defamation and negative checks have been carried out

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. where to obtain information on budget
    limitations for script development

  2. how to assess the financial consequences of
    editorial decisions

  3. the legal implications associated with the
    production process, including copyright law and agreements with industry guilds

  4. how scripts should be structured and presented

  5. how to work creatively with writers on plot and

  6. how to assist writers to turn good ideas into
    creative writing for film and television

  7. how to work sensitively with writers to nurture
    their script writing abilities

  8. how to balance the needs of the production with
    those of the script writers 

  9. how to ensure that the writer achieves the correct
    tone and content for characters and location in scripts

  10. how to manage the development process to deliver
    quality scripts on time and on budget


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2022





Originating Organisation

Screen Skills (formerly Creative Skillset)

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Director, Production Managers, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator

SOC Code



Scripts, Productions, Drafts, Creative