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Senior Counsel, Music The candidate will help support our expanding slate of Originals content and domestic and international expansion strategy. Work in the company's Music Group, which is part of the Business & Legal Affairs Team. Focus on the production side and will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements with the composers, songwriters, artists and performers who create music for companyâ€™s Original film, series and documentary content and with the record companies and music publishers who license music. Handle music contract and copyright related matters as they arise, will likely need to dig into local law and practice in various International territories, and should be extremely comfortable working independently and counseling business partners and making decisions that have both legal and business impacts. Thrive in an environment that places thoughtful efficiency over process yet have the ability to work with organizations or institutions who may not hold the same beliefs. Expertly navigate those situations to arrive at the best solution for the production and the studio. Understand the dynamics among showrunners, executive producers, line producers, producers, finance, production, post production, credits, labor, marketing, publicity, content localization, business affairs and legal affairs and know when and how to engage and align the appropriate teams when a music issue calls. Evaluate risk and have the confidence to make quick decisions when faced with the exigencies of production. 10+ years of film/series production music experience, including immersion in structuring, negotiating and drafting composer, performer and featured artist agreements, master use and synchronization license agreements, music producer agreements, record company and music publishing waivers and soundtrack album agreements; in-depth knowledge of music copyright and the film/series production process - from script to budget to music clearance/licensing to composer engagement/recording through to delivery, cue sheets, music publishing administration and launch; practical knowledge of the music and technology industries (including active relationships with music agents, managers, music publishers, record companies and music libraries); and understanding of the evolving theatrical, VOD, TV, syndication and home video landscapes required. International market experience and international production experience preferred. Experience providing in-house support in a film or television production company is highly preferred. Clear, concise communication skills required.
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