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Director, Business Affairs

London , United Kingdom

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Please note that this role is based in the United Kingdom. In order to enable us to meet statutory and regulatory obligations of the United Kingdom immigration system you must have the appropriate immigration permission needed to work and reside in the United Kingdom.


The successful candidate will join SPT’s International Production team in London providing business affairs support for the SPT International production group. The role will have specific responsibility for business affairs for the distribution and exploitation of SPTIP scripted and unscripted formats including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Dragons Den in the EMEA region and will work closely with internal teams in Sales, global SPTIP Business Affairs, Legal, Finance, Production Consultancy, Asset Management, SPTIP production entities, brands, producers, and broadcasters worldwide.

What you will be working on:

The management and coordination of a wide variety of business affairs activities in the EMEA region , including:

  • negotiating, reviewing and drafting a wide variety of agreements in respect of SPT International Production’s exploitation of unscripted and scripted formats including format acquisition, option and  licence agreements and, co-development and co-production deals  
  • negotiating reviewing and drafting agreements with the appropriate Sony divisions with respect to ancillary rights exploitation based on formats from the SPT International Production  catalogue including event licence agreements, consumer product and merchandising and interactive product licence agreements  
  • advising the sales and other commercial teams in respect of the above

The role has the potential to expand to providing business affairs support for production matters for assigned UK and Irish television productions, including reviewing and drafting a wide variety of agreements for the development and programme production agreements with broadcasters, writers and talent.

What we need from you:

  • Good working knowledge and experience of drafting and negotiating television format distribution licensing and option agreements including merchandising, publishing, and music licensing, across multiple forms of media including cable, satellite, all forms of VOD, PPV, free tv, DTV,  online and mobile technology
  • Thorough understanding of contract, copyright, and trademark law  
  • Experience working in a multinational company, coordinating projects with multiple divisions  


  • Work in fast paced environment with ever changing landscape
  • Adapt negotiations and drafting to meet changing needs of international clients
  • Work toward strategic objectives, working closely with tax, transactional legal, corporate legal, music legal and business affairs, and with local offices to manage business affairs issues
  • Prioritize work effectively under pressure to optimize results
  • Work effectively as a member of the business affairs team, working with internal managers and, where required, the company’s outside counsel.
  • Take the initiative to advise on distribution issues as well as take instruction
  • Synthesize complex transactional matters and create deal memos and agreements, which are clear and easy to administer.


  • University degree or equivalent
  • At least 2 years experience as a qualified legal professional
  • Typically 3-5 years of related television format distribution business affairs experience
  • Superior drafting skills    
  • Background in working in or with multimedia international corporations


  • Ability to speak a foreign language would be helpful

Sony Pictures Entertainment is committed to equal opportunity in all its employment practices, policies and procedures. No worker or potential worker will therefore receive less favourable treatment due to his or her race, age, creed, sexual orientation, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, religion, gender, marital status or Trade Union membership (if applicable).


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