Contact: Nicki McDermottRegion: All UK

Title: Head of Acquisitions, Formats, Entertainment and Factual Entertainment
Genre: All
Region: All UK

About Channel

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The business exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf.

We do this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.

We also build the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champion British creativity. 

Programme Interests

- Responsible for the acquisition of all formats, Factual Entertainment and Entertainment programming for exploitation in the BBC Worldwide catalogue. 
- Working closely with both the sales teams and International Production offices on global exploitation strategy for content.
- Managing relationships with BBC Studios and key UK independent suppliers.
- Managing genre strategy and pipeline, including advising on sales and format potential and rights across the business.
- Identifying suitable content, negotiating commercial terms for the acquisition, agreeing the key contractual terms and overseeing deals through to completion.
- Identifying opportunities to expand and support our global production network, including strategic research work on key markets, global trends, competitors and new programming launches.
- Responsible for budget across FE, Entertainment and formats.

Looking For

Content sits at the heart of our business and is headed up by Chief Content Officer, Helen Jackson. Helen drives the creative and commercial vision for our content strategy as well as the editorial framework of its channels. 

Working closely with BBC Production, now BBC Studios, as well as our own production companies and independent production houses, the team ensures that we have a rich and varied catalogue of titles by managing the company’s investment into programmes. As well as buying in finished programmes, the team also includes a wealth of expertise in the production and commissioning field, as well as responsibility for creating formats from the UK to our production studios in France, Norway, India and the USA. Our content team also plays a pivotal role in nurturing new talent both on and off screen while exploring new commercial ideas and opportunities. New development schemes, including the Paper to Pitch fund, aids the development of new formats. 

We work with over 250 UK independent production companies, showcasing their content across the globe as well as holding equity stakes in a number of indies such as Greenbird Media and LookOut Point. 

We invest in high quality, premium titles such as War and Peace and The Hunt. Forthcoming investments include The CollectionTop of the Lake 2 and Earth: One Amazing Day (w/t).

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