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Head of IP Acquisition and Development

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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, operate in 22 markets globally and generate 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 Content Partnerships division sit at heart of new BBC Studios. We are responsible for the company’s creative health and ensuring it has access to the content and creative partnerships it needs to grow. As a team we are tasked with strengthening our distribution pipeline and working closely with our owned and invested production partners to grow their production businesses too.

As a result of continued growth, we are seeking an experienced Head of IP Acquisition and Development to join the team. This role will work across our genres and production partners, both Studios Production and our 15+ invested Indies, offering a bespoke partnering service designed to ensure our portfolio is as competitive as possible in its search for major new or untapped IP development opportunities. The primary focus will be publishing world, therefore you will ideally possess a strong network in that industry – but we’d like someone who can find significant new IP opportunities in other arenas too (such as audio, theatre and digital publishing). Our IP strategy is core to our growth and this individual will play a key new leadership role in identifying and securing important, valuable additions to our content portfolio.

Role Responsibility

Acquire new books and other formats, both fiction and non-fiction, for the production companies within the BBC Studios Group to option and develop into new series.

Secure IP development opportunities from a wide range of sources including books, audio, theatre and digital publishing.

In partnership with central and production teams, responsible for identifying, tracking and soliciting new opportunities; evaluating, pitching and securing targets; early development (including treatment writing, script notes and pitch development).

Encourage collaboration and partnerships both internally and externally to help fulfil our creative ambitions.

Inspire and generate new creative ideas within the wider department and our production partners and analyse relevant market and audience trends, which will deliver new development ideas.

Motivate the development teams, ensuring that BBC Studios creative ambition and IP strategy is communicated, understood and delivered.

Be a key representative of the BBC at internal and external events.

Are you the right candidate?

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

As the Head of IP Acquisition and Development, you’ll have an intimate understanding of the literary/publishing space, demonstrated in your extensive networks connections, ideally including publishers, book editors, literary agents and writers.  With recognised credibility within the wider creative community (screenwriters, agents, producers, commissioners), you’ll have an appreciation for the democracy required to engage and negotiate a range of different stakeholders. Your writing skills and excellent knowledge of script and story structure have enabled you to develop a strong track record in developing commercially successful and/or critically-acclaimed television. Influencing decision-making and pitching, presenting and communicating effectively to a range of audiences are skills you have developed throughout your career.

Highly experienced in analysing market trends on all platforms to inform strategic success, you’ll be confident demonstrating strong editorial judgement in a fast moving environment. With a sound understanding of the media industry and how it is developing with new technologies and platforms, you’re able to create a clear editorial vision for the lifecycle of content across all platforms and contribute towards the BBC Studios strategic aims.

Package Description

Location: White City, London
Band: E
Contract: permanent


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.

About the BBC

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.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has 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 company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.   

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


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