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Business Affairs Executive, Radio4 & 4Extra, Radio & Music

  • BBC
  • London, UK
  • 22/07/2021
Full time General Business Legal Producer / Production Content Creation Content Distribution

Job Description

Job Introduction

We are seeking a Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) Executive to join the speech radio  team based in Wogan House, London W1.   The Commercial, Rights & Business Affairs  team is a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the contractual aspects of commissioning and production of programmes and content for the BBC across television, radio and online, and the subsequent commercial licensing & distribution of content and services via BBC Studios Distribution.    We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced CRBA Executive to join the team.

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 for Radio & Music (R&M), working closely with the CRBA Manager, you will support the wider CRBA team providing business and BBC policy advice, drafting contracts, negotiating fees, advising on commercial terms and leading on projects from initiation to completion. You’ll provide accurate, timely, practical and commercially focused legal advice to support the department. You will be comfortable liaising with 3rd party IP owners, eg producers/ talent / agents/contributors/ rights owners, as well as undertaking other new business affairs duties as the BBC’s audio business evolves. You will be predominantly responsible for contracting network programming across Radio 4 and 4 Extra, covering all genres, with a desire to grow expertise in the podcast market, through new commissioning, optimising talent relationships and exploiting podcast IP. 

The role will involve the negotiation, contracting and administration of a wide variety of contract types across audio production, commissioning, co-production, acquisitions, high-profile talent engagement and licensing.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a demonstrable knowledge and experience of rights contracting & commercial licensing of intellectual property in a media/broadcasting environment.  With a broad and informed interest in the arts, literature, broadcasting and the media, you will be familiar with the BBC’s output across music and speech radio and podcasts on BBC Sounds. You will be comfortable in leading the end-to-end process of negotiating, drafting and concluding a wide range of agreements in the areas of audio production, commissioning, co-production, talent engagements and licensing, including with independent producers and BBC Studios.

A working knowledge of how commercial deals around Book Publishing, Live events, Television Production and Financing and Commercial Partnerships are structured is a real advantage, as well as having an understanding of the Talent Unions and overarching BBC  framework agreements.  This role requires knowledge of the independent production market, both in radio and podcasts. You are solutions driven, highly organised and effective at managing a varied workload, a strong team-player, adept at building and maintaining good relations with multiple stakeholders.   Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, combined with first class negotiation and influencing skills are vital.   Possessing excellent IT skills, you will be fluent with all standard packages such as Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, Zoom etc and ideally have experience of managing established administration systems/databases. 

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.