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Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency: Rights Executive

A unique opportunity to join a dynamic, world-renowned literary agency at the very centre of the publishing industry.

Madeleine Milburn Ltd is looking for an energetic, creative and highly-motivated Rights Executive to join the existing team of Valentina Paulmichl (Rights Manager) and Hannah Kettles (Rights Executive).

This crucial role will be best suited for someone with between one and two years’ experience within the industry, most of which will be in international rights. They will also have a demonstrable desire to progress within international rights at the agency. They should have a proven track record of administrative excellence, be a voracious reader, and have a keen interest in the international book market. Languages are beneficial but not essential.

As part of an ambitious team your role will demand a sense of urgency coupled with an aptitude for calm, an articulate phone and writing style, a desire to learn and to initiate, and outstanding organisational and time management skills.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): assisting with international rights for adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction; creating agency marketing material; scheduling and attending book fairs; royalty and contract processing; database inputting; responsibility for agency media in relation to international rights; handling international publicity for authors; liaising with our co-agented territories and, if experience deems it appropriate, directly with some of our international publishers; general office duties.  

Benefits of the role include:

  • Hybrid working arrangement
  • Flexible working hours (more details will be given at interview)
  • Summer hours: finishing at 1pm for the months of July and August.
  • Staff are entitled to two weeks of concurrent remote work under our Agency Nomad scheme, allowing them to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

Described by The Bookseller as a ‘major force in publishing’, MMA is a thriving and forward-thinking company with a global outlook representing award-winning and bestselling authors of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction, who consistently feature on The Sunday Times, The New York Times and international bestseller lists.

Since the start of the year, the MMA International Rights Department have closed over 60 deals worth a total of nearly £1,000,000. Notable successes have been a significant six-figure three-book pre-empt in Germany, and three-book deals of unprecedented levels for the same title in a further 10 territories. 2024 will also see the publication of Anna O by Matthew Blake in 34 languages, two of which have instantly debuted on the bestseller lists, and Nita Prose’s second bestseller The Mystery Guest in 27 languages.

Salary is commensurate with experience, but will start at £28k p/a.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter detailing why you think you would be the right person for the job, addressed to Valentina Paulmichl that includes your notice period and salary expectations to jobs@madeleinemilburn.com no later than 5pm on 12th May 2024.

We reserve the right to close the recruitment process early if we have found the right candidate.

We encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries, including candidates who are Black, Asian, or from ethnic minority backgrounds, or LGBTQI+. We also encourage applications from individuals from low-income backgrounds and will consider all applications irrespective of the candidate’s age.

Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency: Rights Executive

Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency, London
Full-time, Permanent
Literary Agency
Administration, Executive, Foreign Rights, Publishing, Rights, Communications
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Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency: Rights Executive
Salary description: 
Salary is commensurate with experience, but will start at £28k p/a.

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This crucial role will be best suited for someone with between one and two years’ experience within the industry, most of which will be in international rights.