Contact: Richard ActonRegion: World-wide

Title: Acquisition & Content Manager
Genre: Unscripted, Sport, Popular Factual, Performance, Non-fiction, Natural History, Home & Health, Factual Entertainment, Factual, Events, Entertainment, Early Peak, Drama, Documentary, Daytime, Comedy
Region: World-wide

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

- Deal Negotiation - Responsible for pan-regional acquisitions across BBCW’s pay TV portfolio.

- Budget Management - Deliver deals to financial targets including day to day monitoring
of multiple budget lines across numerous channels and regions. 

- Deadlines - Working to inflexible deadlines accommodating timelines of scheduling,
marketing, operations and creative teams.

- Digital Rights - Acquisition of rights for Catch-Up and VOD services including BBCWs Global

- Relationship Building - Experienced in face to face meetings/negotiations with distributors
and producers including TV markets with contacts across all major UK rights holders, many US studios and non-UK distributors.

- Research - Responsible for condensing large volumes of data regarding TV trends, avails and commissioning across multiple genres.

- Tracking and Assessment - Continually monitoring programming from commission to delivery and assessing suitability through treatment, script and rough cut stages.

- Editorial - Contributing editorial steers on content pitched and viewed to BBCW programming teams.

- International Launches - Co-ordinating synchronised launches of brands across multiple channels feeds and advising affiliate sales on any issues or commercial restrictions with proposed launches.

- Investment Rationale - Making cases for investment in specific shows to finance and senior management.

- Presentations - Presenting programming and reports to management, programming/investment and sales teams within BBCWW.

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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