Business Affairs Manager - Kids & Family

Job Introduction

What would be the ideal job for you? Perhaps you feel like you've run out of growth opportunities in your current role, and you're hoping to develop without boundaries or restrictions? Perhaps you are searching for an industry that drives and welcomes change, a business that is a true leader in its field? Or maybe it's the team, you're looking to integrate yourself in a team of passionate, likeminded people who support and challenge each other../, If any of these are the case, then we'd urge you to consider the Kids & Family team here at BBC Studios Salford. 

The Kids & Family Business Affairs team supports many of the BBC’s high profile flagship series for children such as Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, The Beaker Girls, Princess MirrorBelle, JoJo & Gran Gran, Something Special and the CBeebies Christmas Shows as part of a broad slate which incorporates live action Drama, Animation, Fact/Ent and Pre-School titles along with a substantial development brief.  

The team has a unique career growth opportunity for a Business Affairs Manager to join on a permanent contract.  The key focus of the role is to oversee business affairs activity within the Kids & Family genre across all our titles, managing legal risk and escalating issues where appropriate. 

You will act as a key member of the team in implementing the rights and business strategy and will build, maintain and manage first-class relationships with key external organisations across BBC Studios and BBC Group. 

The Kids & Family  Business Affairs team works closely with the editorial and production leads to acquire intellectual property rights and secure talent to enable BBC Studios to develop and produce first-class content. This is a dynamic team that sits in the heart of Production, offering valued commercial, legal and practical business affairs support and advice to the Kids & Family Production teams and editorial leads. Production is a fast-paced but exciting world, and our team plays an integral part in ensuring that all our scripted development and production content is delivered to the high standards for which BBC Studios is globally recognised.

Role Responsibility

You will collaborate with the Senior Business Affairs Manager and other Business Affairs Managers across Kids & Family as well as the wider BBC Studios production genres.  Assume line manager responsibilities for Executives and Assistants in the Kids & Family team and take responsibility for the management of issues and legal risk across Kids &Family and escalate as appropriate.

You'll carry out the negotiation and drafting of long-form, intricate legal documents.

Maintain good working knowledge of the key framework agreements with the stakeholder organisations representing underlying contributor rights in programmes e.g. trade unions, collecting societies, trade associations, and other representative bodies including Equity, PMA, WGGB, PRS, PPL, and D:UK, Familiarity with US guild agreements would be welcome (though not essential).

You will ensure that you are familiar with industry standard precedents  in order to be able to effectively negotiate such agreements to the commercial and reputational benefit of BBCSP. Further, you must be able to identify areas of improvement in such agreements and draft/amend clauses of such as necessary. 

Offer senior support to the Senior Business Affairs Manager, including deputising when required.

You will propose structures for complicated rights and commercial deals based on demonstrable knowledge of the wider television industry, understand and implement strategy, and provide a point of advice to decision-makers.

Offer advice and expertise relating to deficit financing arrangements and complex tax and location incentives from a legal point of view.

Act as a pivotal senior member of the Kids & Family Business Affairs team, taking responsibility for key decision-making; and determining financial and other resourcing priorities in line with financial and business objectives.

You'll support junior members of the Kids & Family Business Affairs team, offering support, training, and feedback as required.

Are you the right candidate?

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

You will possess a comprehensive understanding of Business Affairs for the television, and digital media industry, particularly in the Kids & Family field, and be aware of the related BBC policy and strategy. You’ll demonstrate extensive market knowledge, for example, independent production costs and talent fees and you will have a sound knowledge of programme-making, production processes, and deal-making for programmes.

You'll have an eye for detail and a thirst for knowledge, you'll keep up to date with all policy & procedure changes.

You'll be proactive and organised with the impeccable time management skills.

You’ll be accomplished in negotiating and influencing and have strong legal and contracting experience, specifically in managerial and rights and business affairs nature. With a proven track record in leading and delivering complex projects, you’ll be confident in managing time and budgetary constraints.  An understanding of third party development and commissioning terms (e.g. Sky, Channel 4, Apple, Netflix) and of funding, rights acquisition and distribution issues, and commissioning processes in this area would be highly advantageous, in addition to the experience of working with US talent agencies and within the parameters of US union agreements (e.g. SAG, WGA, DGA).

Your curiosity and collaborative communication style will support your ability to build relationships across the organisation, particularly with your key stakeholders. You appreciate the high-profile nature of BBC Studios and will act to promote and protect the reputation in all endeavours.  

This role will require acting in a formal legal capacity and suitable applicants will be legally qualified and have relevant commercial PQE.



Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: Media City, Salford (hybrid) 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • 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.

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