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Senior Business Affairs Manager, Scripted - 12 month attachment/contract

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 broadcaster each year. BBC Studios is renowned for the quality of its Scripted output, delivering successful returning series such as “Luther”, “Dr Who”, “Silent Witness”, “Our Girl”, “Inside Number 9” and “Still Open All Hours” as well as one-off series such as BAFTA award winning “Three Girls” and iconic long running continuing dramas such as Eastenders and Holby City. It is an exciting time for BBC Studios where we are now, as a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group, making content for commissioners other than the BBC. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to enable audiences to continue to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands as well as introduce new and exciting BBC Studios content. We work hard to achieve this aim, fostering relationships with the best creative talent and establishing strong connections with a wide variety of platforms and commissioners, through a range of partnerships and in multiple formats.

We are seeking a Senior Business Affairs Manager on a 12 month fixed term contract/attachment. You’ll 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 and support the genre on wide ranging and complex legal and business affairs work.

The role acts as a senior point of advice and direction to the team and will act as a representative for Scripted business affairs matters at BBC Studios Boards or Forums, if required. It operates in accordance with all relevant policies and frameworks and is a pivotal member of the BBC Studios Scripted business affairs team in implementing the rights and business strategy. The successful candidate will build, maintain and manage first class relationships with internal stakeholders, key external organisations and across BBC Studios and BBC Group. 

Role Responsibility

Be legally qualified and practicing (maintaining professional training, as required);

Manage a broad workload autonomously and unsupervised, referring upwards as required;

Exercise independence, responsibility, empowerment, judgment and discretion;

Manage and mitigate business, financial, reputational and legal issues 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 effective and efficient framework deals and propose structures for complicated rights and commercial deals, understand and implement strategy, and provide a point of advice to decision makers;

Offer senior support to the Head of Legal and Business Affairs, including deputising when required;

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.

The Ideal Candidate

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

As Senior Business Affairs Manager, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of scripted business affairs for the television, radio and digital media industry and be aware of the related BBC policy and strategy. You’ll demonstrate extensive market knowledge, for example, in relation to development deals and talent fees, and you will have a sound knowledge of underlying rights deals, programme making, production processes and deal making for scripted programmes.

With demonstrable negotiating and influencing skills, you’ll have strong contracting experience, specifically managerial and rights and business affairs nature. Accomplished in leading and delivering complex projects within both time and budgetary constraints, you’ll confidently manage a broad workload autonomously and unsupervised. You will demonstrate accountability and independence, assuming a role of responsibility, providing supervision for other members of the team.

Your collaborative style will empower the team, encouraging a supportive, inclusive and transparent environment and results in a trusted partnership with your stakeholders. You appreciate the high profile nature of BBC Studios and will act to promote and protect the reputation in all endeavours.

An understanding of third party development and commissioning terms (e.g. Sky, Channel 4, UKTV, Amazon, Apple, Netflix) and of funding, rights acquisition and distribution issues and commissioning processes in this area would be highly advantageous. In addition, experience of working with US talent agencies and within the parameters of US union agreements (e.g. SAG, WGA, DGA) would be favourable.

This role will require acting in a formal legal capacity and suitable applicants will be legally qualified with significant commercial PQE.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: 12 month contract/attachment
Location: London

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 Company

We don’t 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 you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

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 in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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