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Business Affairs Executive

  • BBC
  • 20/07/2021
Full time Business Development Legal Content Creation Content Distribution

Job Description

Job Introduction

We are currently looking for a Commercial, Rights & Business Affairs (CRBA) Executive to join the CRBA department, initially in the Central team. This is a permanent role based in London.

The CRBA Central team lobbies and negotiates pan industry deals with talent unions (actors, musicians, writers) and rights owners (producers, directors, music, photos).  The team provides pan-CRBA oversight of legal and business affairs practices (including for contracting on-air Talent), legal standards, training and compliance.  Operationally, the Central team carries out the commercial, legal and business affairs work for BBC News, BBC Creative (for the production of trails and promos), Creative Diversity, BBC Talent, the Technology Group and Product Group, and our pan-BBC commercial strategy.

CRBA is an empowered and versatile team who provide trusted advice, expert guidance, proactive management and world-leading products that enable our organisation and people achieve our strategic priorities and grow value for our audiences.

Innovation is at the heart of CRBA – supporting the BBC in creating new products and bringing them to market, building new partnerships, and establishing joint ventures for major content.

Role Responsibility

As CRBA Executive, your key duties will include:

Carrying out business affairs work for operational areas (such as BBC News, BBC Creative, BBC Talent, (the Creative Diversity team and the Technology Group), including:

  • content rights advice including re-use of archive, risk assessment, fair dealing, clearances and potential costs,
  • engaging on-air talent, processing payments
  • supporting news rights with agency/client negotiations and approval processes
  • contracting locations, NDAs, etc.
  • licencing and distribution agreements
  • research
  • producing materials for presentations and reports
  • providing relevant training for production areas 
  • compliance / referrals

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will need a sound knowledge of copyright, rights and clearances, ideally gained within a broadcast or media environment. You will also need an understanding of editorial policy and of the production process.  You will need to have a keen interest in news and current affairs. 

With strong team-working skills, as well as the ability to work alone and on your own initiative, you’ll also have strong problem solving skills, and know when to escalate issues.

Your strong advisory skills combined with superb communication skills, both written and verbal, are key and you’ll be used to building strong relationships with a range of stakeholders including up to senior level.

Strong planning and organising skills are essential, combined with the ability to prioritise and remain calm, organised, focused and accurate when working under pressure and to tight deadlines. 

We are particularly keen to hear from individuals from a diverse background.  To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here