Business Affairs Executive, Audio/Podcast - 12month attachment/FTC

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production, and distribution of bold, British content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, have offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The business generates revenue of £1.4bn, returning around £200m profit to BBC Public Service each year. In the UK, BBC Studios enables audiences to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands outside the licence fee-funded window on alternative platforms, through a range of partnerships, and in multiple formats, from products and magazines to events and experiences.

We are seeking a Business Affairs Executive to join the Audio Clearance team in our Rights Negotiations team at BBC Studios Distribution. This role will support new opportunities in the audio streaming market. It will require a collaborative approach and establishing new ways of working with divisions across the BBC Group. This is central to our purpose and culture and is critical to this role.

Rights Negotiations is the hub of all secondary rights clearances at BBC Studios. It is a central resource of specialist copyright practitioners for underlying rights and music copyright.  The department is responsible for negotiating deals with contributors, representing bodies, unions, and collecting societies to ensure the BBC Studios Distribution can sell our programmes and explore many other avenues, from franchises and gaming, to live events and consumer products.

The Audio clearance team sit within Rights Negotiations and work with the BBC’s licencees for the commercial exploitation of radio and audiobook programmes.  The team support the business by ensuring that all audio content selected for commercial release is cleared for exploitation. Previously mainly focussed in the download-to-own market, we are now exploring opportunities in streaming, and the new Business Affairs Executive will support this growth

Role Responsibility

Negotiating and contracting: To draft and negotiate contracts for deals (including agreements with independent production companies, talent and contributor rights agreements, digital media contracts, acquisition agreements, commercial investment and distribution contracts, sales agreements, and collaboration agreements with creative and funding partners).

Rights management: To advise on issues including contributor fees, contract terms, employment of foreign artists, tax and service companies, copyright clearance, writers and format deals, union agreements, framework agreements, negotiating fees, and contracting. To undertake copyright clearance on existing material.

Research: To undertake research projects and business reviews on programme and market information providing advice on key business implications of the proposed activity.

Stakeholder management: To foster and develop collaborative, creative, and commercial relationships – both external (including independent production companies, rights-owning bodies, third party funders, and trade organisations) and internal (including the BBC and BBC Studios).

Compliance: To ensure that standards and frameworks are adhered to and translated into compliant individual deals within a pan-BBC approach. To ensure all commercial activity is consistent with BBC Fair Trading policy and regulatory requirements.

Market intelligence: To monitor and utilise global market trends in order to enhance the overall effectiveness and credibility of Rights Negotiations.

Risk management: To assist with mitigating legal, contractual, and business affairs risk, brand, and IP protection. 

Systems and record-keeping: To produce contractual documentation and ensure the information on relevant BBC systems are current and maintained. To ensure accurate and current record keeping, authorise and oversee contractual payments (as appropriate).

The Ideal Candidate

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.

  • Experience in contracting and copyright
  • Legal knowledge and experience will be highly desirable
  • An interest and experience in, broadcast and digital media
  • Proven influencing, persuading, or negotiating skills
  • Experience in managing and/or delivering projects to senior stakeholders
  • Knowledge of current market intelligence and global media trends
  • Good attention to detail and the ability to examine and summarise complex data
  • Knowledge of contracting systems, databases, and spreadsheet packages
  • Experience in developing and maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships.
  • An approach that encompasses proactivity, flexibility, resilience, and passion 
  • Knowledge of and experience in, audio and/or podcast distribution will be advantageous


Package Description

Band: C
Contract: 12month attachment/FTC
Location: TVC, London W12

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with ref: [CH JOB REF] in the subject.

  • Flexible / agile working -  opportunities across the business
  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the Company

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background. We strive to be the best British content company in the world, attracting the best creative talents in the business, so that we can bring premium quality award-winning programmes, content and brands to the viewer no matter where they are.

The BBC Group has set out the first in a new series of bold steps to transform our programming and better represent the public we serve. We have the biggest financial investment to on-air inclusion in the industry, together with our existing commissioning budget, we are committed to throwing open our doors more widely than ever to diverse stories and diverse storytellers. Together with a diverse workforce we will accelerate the pace of change in increasing diversity and inclusion both on and off air

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.

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