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Business Affairs Manager

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Job Introduction

An opportunity is available for a Business Affairs Manager to join BBC Studios in-house Business Affairs team, based at Pacific Quay, Glasgow. This role will focus on activities taking place within the BBCs newly created, award winning television production unit, BBC Studios.

Working closely with editorial and production colleagues, the BBC Studios Business Affairs team oversee, manage and conduct a wide range of legal and business affairs and contributor rights activities related to television and digital content.

The Business Affairs Manager will manage a team of two Business Affairs Executives. They will also be responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with BBC Studios production teams in order to ensure the most effective management of a range of legal, commercial and talent rights activities related to program development, output and sales.

BBC Studios are the BBCs main TV production arm. Since their conception in 2016, the unit has won a number of awards, and is proud to lead the way in creative storytelling. Productions include Blue Planet II, Strictly Come Dancing, Trust Me Im a Doctor, Imagine and The One Show.

Role Responsibility

  • In partnership with editorial and production teams, negotiate and contract a wide range of deals, including production and development agreements, talent and contributor rights agreements, digital media contracts, and commercial investment and distribution contracts
  • Undertake particularly complex clearances on existing material, and ensure necessary rights are acquired for secondary program exploitation as required
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, advising on key business implications of program ideas or offers, as well as any rights impact on budgets
  • Supporting productions and individuals by helping to find solutions to complex problems and highlighting key areas of risk with regards to contractual and business affairs, and brand and IP protection
  • Manage and mentor junior members of staff, including day to day management of Business Affairs Executives
  • Uphold the highest standards when conducting deals, and work in partnership with the wider BBC network to ensure frameworks and compliance are adhered to
  • Where possible, provide specialist knowledge to production colleagues and the wider Business Affairs network; sharing expertise and increasing awareness about the complex nature of Business Affairs

Are you the right candidate?

  • Comprehensive understanding of Business Affairs for the television and digital media industry, and related strategy including market knowledge where applicable (e.g. of independent production costs and talent fees)
  • In lieu of media industry experience, evidence of working across a diverse portfolio of clients with a focus on commercial rights or intellectual property
  • Legally trained (not essential)
  • Proven negotiating and influencing skills and strong contracting experience
  • Sound understanding of program making and the production process and deal making for program
  • Proven track record of having led and delivered complex projects within both time and budgetary constraints
  • Experience of managing junior members of staff

Package Description

Business Affairs Manager

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time

Grade: 9

Proposed Band: D

About the BBC

We dont focus simply on what we do we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure youve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. Youll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.


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