Talent Community - Commercial Rights & Business Affairs Manager


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within grade
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Commercial, Rights & Business Affairs
BBC Region / Division:
BBC Studios
BBC Business Unit:
Studios Distribution – BLA

Package Description

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  • Flexible / agile working -  opportunities across the business
  • 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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction

Welcome to BBC Studios Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Manager talent pool for both scripted and unscripted productions.

The purpose of this community is to keep you abreast of opportunities in our Business Legal Affairs teams and to update you on interesting and exciting activities happening in BBC Studios.  By joining this talent pool, you grant BBC Studios permission to contact you about relevant opportunities. 

The Scripted Business Affairs team supports many of the BBC’s high profile flagship series such as Doctor Who, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Inside Number 9, Two Doors Down, Mrs. Browns Boys, as well as exciting productions for other commissioning platforms such as Apple TV (“Trying”), UKTV (“We Hunt Together”) and Amazon (“Good Omens”). Also, we look after a busy and successful Audio slate, including long-running favourites; “I’m Sorry We Haven’t A Clue”, “The Now Show”, “Dead Ringers” and “The News Quiz”.

Our Factual Business Legal Affairs teams work closely with the editorial leads in unscripted production to acquire and clear contributor rights to enable BBC studio to produce programmes for broadcast on the BBC public service and television channels and for other third-party commissioners.

Main Responsibilities

Business Affairs Manager

This role acts as a senior point of advice and direction to the genre, Business Affairs team and the wider BBC Studios production community and will represent the unit at BBC Studios boards or forums as required. You will manage, conduct and oversee a wide range of Legal & Business Affairs activities across the territories throughout various stages of production, from the initial concept/development stage and commission (for both BBC and third party commissions), through to production/filming and final delivery for broadcast following all relevant policies and frameworks.

Are you the right candidate?

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

A Business Affairs Manager will possess a comprehensive understanding of scripted/factual 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, independent production costs and talent fees and you will have a sound knowledge of programme-making, production processes, and deal making for the genre.

You’ll be accomplished in negotiating and influencing and have contracting experience, specifically in managerial and rights and business affairs nature. With a proven track record in leading and delivering complex projects, you’ll be confident in managing time and budgetary constraints. An understanding of third-party development and commissioning terms (e.g. Sky, Channel 4, Discovery, Apple, Netflix) and of funding, rights acquisition and distribution issues, and commissioning processes in this area would be highly advantageous, in addition to the experience of working with US talent agencies and within the parameters of US union agreements (e.g. SAG, WGA, DGA).

Your curiosity and collaborative communication style will support your ability to build relationships across the organisation, particularly with your key stakeholders. You appreciate the high profile nature of BBC Studios and will act to promote and protect the reputation in all endeavours.

This role will require acting in a formal legal capacity thus you’ll need a legal qualification and suitable commercial PQE would be advantageous.


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. We strive to be the best British content company in the world, attracting the best creative talents in the business, so that we can bring premium quality award-winning programmes, content and brands to the viewer no matter where they are.

The BBC Group has set out the first in a new series of bold steps to transform our programming and better represent the public we serve. We have the biggest financial investment to on-air inclusion in the industry, together with our existing commissioning budget, we are committed to throwing open our doors more widely than ever to diverse stories and diverse storytellers. Together with a diverse workforce we will accelerate the pace of change in increasing diversity and inclusion both on and off air

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