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.
This role is being created as a response to the planned increase in workload resulting in a transition of work from the BBC on BBC1 & BBC2 repeats, BBC’s iPlayer and BBC Archive projects. We are seeking a passionate Business Affairs Executive to support the Rights team provide a first class legal and business affairs service. This role will be working within the Public Service clearance team (part of the wider BBCSD Rights Negotiation team). The PS clearance team provide costings and Rights analysis for PS repeat broadcasts (and other secondary Public Service uses), across various BBC linear channels and media platforms including the iPlayer. The PS team are responsible for clearing the necessary underlying rights and providing programme and contributor information to enable content to be repeated and the associated payments to be made.
- Negotiating and contracting: To draft and negotiate contracts for deals (including agreements with independent production companies, talent and contributor rights agreements, digital media contracts, acquisition agreements, commercial investment and distribution contracts, sales agreements and collaboration agreements with creative and funding partners).
- Rights management: To advise on issues including contributor fees, contract terms, employment of foreign artists, tax and service companies, copyright clearance, writers and format deals, union agreements, framework agreements, negotiating fees and contracting. To undertake copyright clearance on existing material.
- Funding proposals: To submit investment proposals to BBC Studios, co-producers and third-party funders via the relevant BBC database.
- Research: To undertake research projects and business reviews on programme and market information providing advice on key business implications of proposed activity
- Stakeholder management: To foster and develop collaborative, creative and commercial relationships – both external (including independent production companies, rights-owning bodies, third party funders, and trade organisations) and internal (including BBC Studios).
- Compliance: To ensure that standards and frameworks are adhered to and translated into compliant individual deals within a pan-BBC approach. To ensure all commercial activity is consistent with BBC Fair Trading policy and regulatory requirements.
- Market intelligence: To monitor and utilise global market trends in order to enhance the overall effectiveness and credibility of CRBA.
- Team management: To provide day-to-day support, training and development for Commercial Affairs Assistants. To maintain efficiency by reviewing and proposing new ways of working.
- Risk management: To assist with mitigating legal, contractual and business affairs risk, brand and IP protection.
- Systems and record keeping: To produce contractual documentation and ensure information on relevant BBC systems are current and maintained. To ensure accurate and current record keeping, authorise and oversee contractual payments (as appropriate).
The Ideal Candidate
- Knowledge of, and experience in, broadcast and digital media.
- Knowledge of current market intelligence and global media trends.
- Contracting and copyright experience.
- Proven influencing, persuading or negotiating skills.
- Experience of developing and maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships.
- Experience of managing and/or delivering projects.
- Good attention to detail and the ability to examine and summarise complex data.
- An approach that encompasses proactivity, flexibility, resilience, passion and energy.
- Knowledge of, and experience in, independent production deal-making.
- Legal knowledge and experience.
- Knowledge of contracting systems, databases and spreadsheet packages.
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"My career in TV production began in Bombay back in 1994 and five years later I moved to a cable and satellite television network in Singapore. I fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. I did spend a few months with a production house, but broadcast has always been my thing. Nine years ago I joined BBC Worldwide as a Producer and I haven't looked back, continually developing my broadcast skills and growing my career."
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