Lawyer - Scripted Content/Film

BBC Group and Public Services
Nov 07, 2023
Dec 06, 2023
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Legal & Rights Management

Permanent – Full Time

London, GB, W1A 1AA Glasgow, GB, G511DA Salford, GB, M50 2QH Cardiff, GB, CF10 1FT


Job Closing Date: 19/10/23

THE ROLE Job Introduction

We are looking for an experienced Lawyer for this Senior Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager role within our BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) Commissioning team. This is a permanent role primarily based in London, however, we would be open to discuss basing the role in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff.

CRBA manages and connects the BBC's Intellectual Property, strategic and business interests through expert negotiation, contracting and commercial deal–making. It is comprised of multiple business teams embedded in BBC Content (including Film, Television, Radio & Music, Children's & Education, Sport), News, Technology & Product, the Nations, plus a central CRBA team. The teams share many common business activities key to the commissioning, production and distribution of the BBC's services and content. Also, the teams work with the BBC's professional services including Finance, HR, Legal, Editorial Policy and Strategy.

The Commissioning team is a multi–disciplinary team, responsible for the business deal making and ongoing management of contracts and risk involved in the commissioning and acquisition of programmes for the BBC channels, BBC Sounds and iPlayer.

This is an exciting opportunity at a pivotal time for the BBC. You will be instrumental in helping the BBC to deliver Film to BBC audiences across all its platforms (channels and iPlayer) securing rights and managing risks across the portfolio of programmes.

Although you may be assigned to a particular CRBA area and workload, from time to time you may be required to work in other areas of CRBA to broaden knowledge, skills and experience.

All CRBA colleagues are 'agile workers' and our expectation is that they will work an average of 2–3 day per week in BBC buildings.

Main Responsibilities

As a Senior Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager, you will provide senior management across the CRBA Commissioning team, leading on strategies for rights acquisition, commissioning and managing legal risk. You will also be expected to lead on a portfolio of more complex deals.

This is a key role, building and maintaining senior level relationships, both internal and external to the BBC. It's an exciting and challenging time and this is a unique role, conducting large–scale commercial negotiations and providing support across a number of key strategic partnerships.

Are you the right candidate?

This role has a particular responsibility for BBC Film in the BBC's Scripted commissioning area and therefore candidates should have prior experience of working in the UK film industry, including production, funding, sales and distribution. You will need to be legally qualified for this position.

You will also bring an excellent understanding of Film and TV business, including business affairs and sales & distribution. In particular, you will have the skills and knowledge to work with internal and external senior industry stakeholders to help realise BBC's content ambitions both in the UK & globally.

A sound understanding of content production and related risks with an understanding and experience of exploitation of all ancillary rights. A track record of having led and delivered complex projects within both time and budgetary constraints is required. Supporting this will be your strong analytical and numeracy skills, and clear understanding of programme budgets and financing, and your ability to solve problems creatively, and implement decisions.

You will have personal impact and the ability to influence BBC senior decision makers. You will have clear understanding of BBC and CRBA strategy and a determination to deliver against that strategy and related objectives.

This will all be underpinned by a high level of negotiation and communication ability and experience.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: This role is primarily based in London, however, we would be open to discuss basing the role in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff, with some flexibility – i.e. hybrid working
Job Title: The in–house title for this role is Senior Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager

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 annual leave (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.

This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.

BBC Group and Public Services, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1A 1AA. BBC Studios Distribution Limited, company no: , registered address: 1 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London, United Kingdom W12 7FA.