Senior Business Affairs Manager - Content Partnerships
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.
You will be working as part of a team to provide business and legal affairs support to BBC Studios Distribution. The role focuses on supporting Content Partnerships’ Scripted genre team, dealing with financing and acquisition of Drama, Comedy and Children’s programming. The role also supports the Brands division in relation to marketing and franchise work for Scripted content. As a team we have been at the forefront of key deals with Global SVOD partners and co-producers including, His Dark Materials, Good Omens and Les Miserable.
In addition to investing in programming developed and created by others, BBC Studios is increasingly investing in intellectual property directly and developing content through direct relationships with writers, format creators and rights holders.
Advise the business on all legal matters and engage in business affairs deal-making to support the Content Partnerships and Brands divisions to meet strategic goals and priorities. More specifically this includes:
Lead business affairs deal making, particularly in relation to complex and innovative projects for the Scripted genres as required by the Head of Business & Legal Affairs or Director of Commercial & Legal Affairs;
Prior to the release of any investment moneys, draft and negotiate development and distribution agreements and with producers to secure distribution rights;
Review and advise upon existing development, output and equity relationships we have in place with a number of Independent producers;
Review Production Agreements between the commissioning broadcaster or platform and the producer agreements with producers, directors, writers, composers and other contributors’ contracts, underlying rights agreements such as book agreements, and format and third party distribution agreements for chain of title purposes;
Partner with our regional teams in relation to co-production sales agreements, typically with US cable, premium cable operators, PBS or pan-regional SVOD operators in order to ensure such agreements work in conjunction with our distribution agreement with the producer.
Support BBC Studios’ strategy for digital-first content by providing advice to develop and secure rights in Scripted content for VR, AR and other emerging platforms;
Manage, motivate and develop assigned staff including, where necessary, assisting with recruitment and assisting the Head of Business & Legal Affairs to build a high calibre team with the skills and capabilities to deliver the required results.
Are you the right candidate?
At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.
As a qualified solicitor (or equivalent), you’ll have trained in private practice and/or in a commercial organisation and have more than 5 years’ post-qualification experience. You’ll confidently demonstrate a knowledge of television production including: sources of finance, talent contracting (particularly UK guild/union agreements), production processes and convention. With detailed knowledge of the legal framework of the UK broadcasting industry and commercial practice, you’ll possess an understanding of the legal aspects of contracts, rights and clearances.
Experience of drafting and negotiating distribution, production and commissioning agreements is essential, in addition to a sound understanding of the areas of contract and intellectual property law applicable to audio visual production and distribution. You will also be familiar with supporting production and financing agreements, such as inter-party agreements, book options, format agreements, writers agreements and contributor agreements.
Culture in our business is what sets us apart from our competitors. With a sense of self-awareness and a collaborative communication style, you are accomplished in influencing at all levels without reference to hierarchy. You see the value in establish a rapport with stakeholders and peers alike, developing effective relationships, affording you the platform to remain confident and assured in difficult circumstances, and to possess the resilience and stamina to sustain performance, particularly when under pressure. With established skill, your proficient time-management and prioritisation skills result in you being capable in managing your workload without direction. As a manager you will demonstrate leadership and mentoring skills to develop and motivate those around you.
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.