BBC Studios is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation which operates in the UK and over 200 countries around the world. The company 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.
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.
We have an exciting opportunity available to join the Production Legal and Business Affairs team that supports the Entertainment & Music and Factual Entertainment & Events production teams.
Entertainment & Music is the home of the nation’s favourite Saturday night entertainment show, Strictly Come Dancing, and also produces the likes of Later with Jools Holland, Eurovision, Comic/Sport Relief, BBC Young Musician, Question of Sport, BBC3’s new reality dating show I Like The Way U Move and many more.
Factual Entertainment & Events is where we produce, amongst many others, super-brand Top Gear, Dragons Den, a Hey Duggee/Joe Wicks collaboration for Youtube, Inside The Duchy for ITV, Unique Boutique for Channel 4, Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow. We also produce broadcasts of events such as royal weddings/funerals/jubilees, the Invictus Games, the Earthshot Prize and war memorial events such as Festival of Remembrance.
The successful candidate will:
- Provide business affairs executive level drafting, negotiation and contract management for a wide range of production and development agreements, including but not limited to talent, other contributor and location agreements;
- Advise on contributor fees, contract terms, employment of foreign contributors, copyright clearance and interpretation of Union agreements;
- Ensure the necessary rights are acquired for primary and secondary programme exploitation as required;
- Work closely and collaboratively with the production departments you support and be a trusted advisor to them;
- Build and maintain excellent relations with external contacts including agents, talent, commercial partners and rights-owning bodies;
- Build and maintain effective working relationships within the BBC Group including Commissioning, Editorial Policy, other legal and business affairs teams and BBC Studios Distribution; and use ACON, OnAir and other systems as required to manage and produce contractual documentation
The Ideal Candidate
At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.
The successful candidate will have:
- Experience in negotiating contracts - business affairs experience in the television, radio and digital media industry would be a strong advantage;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills to build internal and external relationships;
- A proven track record of having delivered projects to deadlines;
- A positive, enthusiastic, collaborative and proactive approach;
- The ability to be organised and prioritise workload so that all deadlines are met; and
- An informed and broad interest in broadcasting and media.
#youmaketheBBCJob ID 36154501616 Date posted 13/09/2022 Location London, England, United Kingdom
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