A wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, 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 six 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.
The Scripted Business Affairs team supports many of the BBC’s high profile flagship series such as Doctor Who, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Inside Number 9, Two Doors Down, Mrs Browns Boys, as well as exciting productions for other commissioning platforms such as Apple TV (“Trying”), UKTV (“We Hunt Together”) and Amazon (“Good Omens”). We also look after a busy and successful audio slate, including long-running favourites; “I’m Sorry We Haven’t A Clue”, “The Now Show”, “Dead Ringers” and “The News Quiz”.
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 Drama, Continuing Drama and Comedy Scripted 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.
We are seeking an experienced Business Affairs Manager to join the Legal and Business Affairs team on a 12month maternity cover to support our Scripted genre. The role oversees Business Affairs activity within the Scripted genre, managing legal risk and escalating issues where appropriate. You will act as a point of advice and direction to the team and will represent the genre at BBC Studios Boards or Forums if required.
As the Business Affairs Manager you will have the responsibility to support the genre on wide-ranging, complex legal and business affairs work; manage and oversee a wide range of Legal & Business Affairs activities in accordance with all relevant policies and frameworks.
The Business Affairs Manager acts 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.
Collaborate with the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Business Affairs Managers and take responsibility for the management of issues and legal risk across Scripted and escalate as appropriate.
Carry out negotiation and agreement of intricate legal documents.
Have excellent 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, D:UK and familiarity with US guild agreements.
Apply knowledge and understanding of BBC framework agreements to deal making, and carry out regular and efficient updating of other departmental precedent terms.
Offer senior support to the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Business Affairs Managers, including deputising when required.
Propose structures for complicated rights and commercial deals based on demonstrable knowledge of the wider Drama 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 Scripted BA team, taking responsibility for key decision-making; and determine financial and other resourcing priorities in line with financial and business objectives.
Support junior members of the Scripted BA team, offering support, training, and feedback as required.
The Ideal Candidate
At BBC Studios we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.
A Business Affairs Manager will possess a comprehensive understanding of scripted Business Affairs for the television, radio and digital media industry, particularly in the Drama 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 scripted programmes.
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 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 commercial PQE.
Contract: 12month attachment/FTC
Location: London, W12
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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more. (UK centric)
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
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