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Business Affairs Manager

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Job Introduction

The Business Affairs Manager in Scripted will support the genre on wide ranging and complex legal and business affairs work. The type of support will be varied, with extensive scope, but the BAM in Scripted will specifically be required to:

  • Be UK legally qualified (minimum of 2 years PQE) and practising;
  • Manage a broad workload autonomously and unsupervised, referring upwards as required;
  • Exercise independence, responsibility, empowerment, judgment and discretion;
  • Be responsible, with the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Business Affairs Managers, for the management of issues and legal risk across Scripted and escalate as appropriate;
  • Carry out negotiation and agreement of intricate legal documents;
  • Bring direct experience of working in the scripted genre and provide tailored advice in this area;
  • Have an 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, ideally, a familiarity with US guild agreements);
  • Deliver, as needed, effective and efficient framework deals;
  • 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, understand and implement strategy, and provide a point of advice to decision makers;
  • Effectively manage a number of other members of the Scripted BA Team;
  • 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

Role Responsibility

  • Negotiating and contracting: To be responsible for negotiating and contracting a wide range of complex deals and to ensure commercial revenues and opportunities are maximized. To secure all necessary rights and mitigate business, financial, reputational and legal risks. To propose both strategic and tactical approaches to be deployed in key Scripted negotiations. Contracts including, but not limited to, production and development agreements with independent production companies and talent (including co-venture and co-production agreements), contributor rights agreements, acquisition agreements, digital media agreements, commercial investment and distribution agreements and collaboration and partnership agreements with creative and finance partners. 
  • Advising: To advise on all aspects of commercial, rights and business affairs (including rights management, digital media, fair trading, alternative finance, legal risks, tax incentives, editorial policy and compliance issues) to ensure necessary rights are acquired for primary and secondary content exploitation, working with BBC Legal and external lawyers as may be required. Liaising with production departments and BBC Studios Distribution to trace and clear complex copyright title ownership and to ensure the necessary rights are acquired for secondary programme exploitation as required. To advise on the financial impact of major Scripted deals, and forewarn editorial teams and other BBC Studios stakeholders on legal and other contractual issues associated with major projects or agreements. 
  • Team management: To proactively support the development and maintenance of high performing teams that are focused on ensuring that BBC Studios benefits from an increasingly digital, global and commercial media environment. To keep team approaches and processes under constant review and propose new ways of working To lead by example in maintaining a culture of collaboration, trust and empowerment, and to contribute to Scripted talent management and succession planning. To provide management support to the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Business Affairs Managers and to guide, support and help develop other members of the team and line manage staff as allocated in accordance with BBC Studios’ leadership promises.
  • Support editorial and creative: To advise editorial, production and finance staff of the key business implications of programme ideas or offers. To advise of the impact of rights issues on budgets. To anticipate legal and contractual concerns and offer strategies to resolve them delivering an excellent service to production and editorial teams.
  • External third party relationships: To form relationships with key external contacts including agents, independent producers and commissioners.
  • Market intelligence: To monitor and utilise global market trends in order to maximise commercial funding and the overall effectiveness and credibility of the Scripted genre.
  • Deputising: To deputise for the Senior Business Affairs Managers and Head of Legal and Business Affairs, both internally and externally, as required.
  • BBC Group relationships: To build and maintain effective working relationships with Commissioning, Editorial Policy, Finance, BBC Studios Distribution teams, BBC Rights and Business Affairs teams and BBC legal division to ensure maximum creative and business synergies.
  • Risk management: To manage and mitigate legal, contractual and business affairs risk, brand and IP protection and provide all other risk management support.


Specialist knowledge, skills or qualifications:  Where applicable, to provide specialist knowledge, qualifications or skills as services to the Scripted genre, other genres, and the wider Business Affairs teams (including training colleagues in such skills) as directed by the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Business Affairs Managers.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have:

  • Comprehensive understanding of scripted Business Affairs for the television, radio and digital media industry and related BBC policy and strategy (or an ability to acquire the same) including market knowledge where applicable e.g. of independent production costs and talent fees.
  • Sound understanding of programme making and the production process and deal making for scripted programmes.
  • Proven negotiating and influencing skills and strong contracting experience.
  • Specific experience of a managerial and rights and business affairs nature.
  • Proven track record of having led and delivered complex projects within both time and budgetary constraints.
  • This role will require acting in a formal legal capacity and suitable applicants will be UK legally qualified (minimum of 2 years PQE). The role will require all legal training as required by the relevant legal regulatory body to be undertaken each year.


  • Demonstrable understanding of third party development and commissioning terms (e.g. Sky, Channel 4, Discovery, Apple, Netflix) and of funding, rights acquisition and distribution issues and commissioning processes in this area.
  • Experience of working with US talent agencies and within the parameters of US union agreements (e.g. SAG, WGA, DGA).

Package Description

BBC Studios is looking for a Business Affairs Manager to support the Head of Legal and Business Affairs by overseeing Business Affairs activity within the Scripted genre, managing legal risk and escalating issues where appropriate.

They will act as a senior point of advice and direction to the team and will represent the genre at BBC Studios Boards or Forums, if required.

They will manage, conduct and oversee a wide range of Legal & Business Affairs activities in accordance with all relevant policies and frameworks.

They will be a key member of the BBC Studios business affairs team in implementing the rights and business strategy.

They will build, maintain and manage first class relationships with key external organisations and across BBC Studios and BBC Group. 

This role is a Permanent position based in London Television Centre.

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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.


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