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Vice President, Business Affairs The candidate will handle, manage and coordinate a wide variety of business affairs matters for both scripted and light entertainment formats and programming, including: Working with local and regional production companies in an advisory capacity to ensure that deals for commissioned/licensed productions (development and series programming deals) are structured so that achieves the best possible deal; Negotiating, reviewing and drafting a wide variety of agreements. Will work on development and production agreements, including (for example) writer, rights, consultants, producer, director and actor agreements, all key crew and below the line agreements, location agreements, clearance agreements, and product placement agreements. Format acquisition and licenses agreements, production/exhibition and co-production deals with international networks; Work with finance department to prepare funding memos for management approval; Manage negotiation and drafting of ancillary rights agreements with the appropriate SPT divisions with respect to; working with contracts administrators to help manage firm's rights databases and tracking systems for formats and finished programming rights; Working on WGA matters relating to scripted format remakes as and when required by coordinating with firm PE labor negotiators to provide responses to all questions on WGA remakes and writer deals, obtain side letters for non-US remakes of WGA created series and to address any other guild issues that may arise, and firm' legal department to confirm all WGA or other contractual obligations to the creators of US series formats. Coordinate with firm Music Business Affairs department on any music issues that may arise (e.g., composer agreements, music licensing, etc.). Facilitate communications between business affairs and outside legal counsel and supervising outside production lawyers as they assist with production and licensing matters.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have BA and JD degree or equivalent ; membership in California Bar. Should have 7-10 years of related television production business affairs experience. Format licensng business affairs experience is considered very valuabile. Superior drafting skills are required. Background in working in or with multimedia international corporations is essential. Experience working in a multinational company and coordinating projects with multiple divisions is very helpful. Experience with rights tracking software and databases is helpful. Should have knowledge of contract, copyright, and trademark law and familiarity with guild agreements and obligation. Should have working knowledge of merchandising, publishing, music issues, multiple forms of distribution (e.g., cable, satellite, VOD, PPV, free tv, DTV, mobile, etc.).
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