Business Affairs Executive, Scripted

Job details
Posting date: 15 January 2021
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: Competitive
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 13 February 2021
Location: London
Company: BBC
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 51270

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A wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, 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, have 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 business generates 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.

The Scripted Business Affairs team works closely with the editorial leads in Scripted production to acquire intellectual property rights and clear contributor rights to enable BBC Studios to produce programmes for broadcast on the BBC public service, radio and other television channels such as ITV, Channel 4 and for other third party commissioners including SVOD commissioners.

We are currently looking for a Business Affairs Executive to join the team across the Continuing Drama team, supporting the Comedy and Drama hubs as required. The Continuing Drama team support the day to day legal and business affairs management of the BBC’s flagship continuing dramas, EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, River City and Pobol y Cwm.

This role is open to candidates located outside of London, on the basis of you being present in Television Centre 2-3 days per week.

Negotiate and issue agreements for a wide range of talent deals including but not limited to production agreements with writers, actors and location agreements for our active productions.

Liaise with senior members of production teams and other key internal editorial leads on matters relating to the development and production of scripted content.

Maintain the ongoing process of streamlining and improvement to ensure efficient functionality, to deliver maximum value to production.

Advise on a number of areas as required by the production teams and editorial leads on an ad-hoc basis, including talent and writer fees, bespoke contract terms, employment terms and copyright clearance.

Assist and provide support to the Business Affairs Managers with matters such as complex clearance queries, commissioning, distribution and collaboration agreements, talent union relations (Equity and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain), and litigation matters.

This role does include administrative duties, such as issuing of agreements and tracking the status of agreements issued by the business affairs managers, facilitating and authorising payments to talent and maintaining and updating spreadsheets.

Manage the day to day work load and encourage development across the Business Affairs Assistants.

Forge and maintain excellent relationships with agents and other external contacts

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

You’ll be passionate about television production, with a good attention detail, experience of process and system improvement, and the ability to work effectively at pace in a busy team. An awareness of BBC Studios programming and some experience of work in the media or television production specifically would be an advantage, as would knowledge of BBC systems, e.g. ACON. A knowledge of office systems (such as Microsoft Office, Excel or BBC specific systems) or the ability to pick up the use of such technology quickly, would be an advantage to this role.

  • proven negotiating and influencing skills and contracting experience;
  • an overall awareness or experience of the development and production of television programmes in the UK including an interest in industry standard rates and terms for talent such as writers, actors and stunt people in the scripted genre;
  • strong attention to detail, always be willing to learn and be able to work independently as well as being a team player; and
  • an ability to communicate effectively and be confident at forming and maintaining partnerships - particularly with internal production and editorial leads and externally with agents for talent.
  • Either line management and leadership experience or a strong desire to develop in this area.

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