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Assistant General Counsel The candidate will Under General Counsel’s oversight, counsel various departments, and review, draft and approve contract for goods and services, all consistent with Firm’s goals, policies, and financial interests. Will provide advice and counsel on national production and distribution agreements and other legal matters. Report to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Structure, draft and negotiate contracts for firm’s television and radio productions.Includes funding agreements, co-production contracts, distribution contracts, and contracts with producers, writers, talent, and other production staff. Coordinate terms of multiple agreements to ensure consistency. Identify and explore business and distribution opportunities for firm’s program portfolio. Provide clear and concise legal counsel to various firm departments, including Digital Media, Membership, Major Gifts, Finance, Computer Services, Learning Media, and others, including advice on compliance with regulatory, legal, system and other requirements. Review and draft agreements for goods and services required or offered by internal clients. Advise production staff on rights clearances and other copyright matters. Review proposed underwriting copy for adherence to FCC rules and regulations and PBS standards. Assist with administering firm’s union agreements. Manage and ensure FCC and other regulatory compliance by assisting in the preparation of applications, ownership reports, EEO reports, and other filings. Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have excellent academic credentials, including a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school, a current license to practice in the District of Columbia or Virginia, or eligible to waive into the D.C. Bar. Must have 4+ years' relevant legal experience, preferably in broadcast, entertainment, or related field. Must have knowledge and experience in broadcasting or entertainment law, or related field with similar transactional work. Experience in trademark, copyright, music licensing, and other areas of intellectual property law is preferred. Knowledge and experience with public broadcasting, and the political and regulatory environment for broadcasting and new media preferred. Well-organized, attention to detail, and highly productive. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. High level of professionalism and sound business judgment is essential.
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