Deliver scripts for non-scripted productions

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


Standard involves writing scripts, cues or links for a non-scripted production
or briefing other writers, so that they can deliver what is needed.  This could apply to broadcast, online
publication or multi-platform use.

is about writing drafts, checking the final written material for accuracy and
suitability for its purpose, and suggesting amendments and alterations in a
helpful and constructive way.

is also about ensuring that the tone and style of the writing is appropriate
for the production.

You need to be mindful that the
creative process is, by its nature, not tangible. You therefore, 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 non-scripted production development including production
executives, series producers and production managers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. produce
    briefs which provide accurate and clear information about research findings 

  2. produce
    briefs that follow agreed treatments for broadcast or online publication

  3. check
    that briefs contain only essential details and provide relevant sources for further
    advice and information 

  4. allow enough
    time for items to be written within agreed deadlines

  5. ensure
    that content is adapted when required to reflect changes to productions

  6. confirm
    any changes with decision-makers

  7. use
    information from appropriate sources to verify that written contributions are
    factually accurate

  8. write
    contributions in a style and length appropriate to agreed treatments for programmes,
    voice-overs, links, cues or multi-platform use

  9. make clear
    suggestions for correction, amendment or improvement at appropriate times 

  10. ensure
    work is completed within agreed timescales and budget limits

  11. make
    sure content complies with research findings, agreed treatment, intended use
    and production style and format

  12. verify
    that written content and audio visual elements complement each other

  13. check
    that written content complies with legal and ethical considerations relevant to

  14. refer potentially sensitive material to appropriate people

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. how to produce an agreed brief, script or

  2. how to usefully assist writers 

  3. the common potential legal and ethical issues
    that can arise in the written form, and how to develop content or scripts to
    avoid those problems

  4. the timescales, budgets and editorial requirements
    for drafting content

  5. to whom to refer potentially sensitive material

  6. the appropriate writing styles for different
    types of delivery platforms

  7. how to create appropriate briefs for different
    length duration

  8. how to check scripts and content for accuracy

  9. how to work collaboratively with others
    including how to constructively suggest improvements or alternatives


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



Production, Script, Non scripted, Creative, Content, Briefs