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Assistant Chief Counsel Responsibilities: Serve as a senior subject matter expert in profit participations, audit strategy and all development and production legal matters for Legal Affairs. Provide strategic advice to business executives and senior management of regarding all legal matters, policy and personnel issues that arise within the Legal Affairs department. Provide direction and oversight of all deal-related, strategic and compliance issues related to the production of original material. Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements for the development and production of original live action programming for telecast on a variety of platforms: broadcast networks, streaming services, pay and basic cable networks and direct-to-consumer platform. Analysis and advice in connection with intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of a large television studio. Clients will include such other departments as Business Affairs, Creative, Development, Production, Production Finance, Casting and Casting Administration, Contract Administration, Marketing, and Brand Management. Substantial expertise in the following areas is essential: live action, scripted television production; distribution/acquisition agreements; talent guild agreements; copyright; trademark; clearances; defamation; rights of publicity and privacy, and other personal and property rights. Help lead and manage a team of lawyers and assistants. Act as a leader within the group, foster collaboration, and instill confidence in the team and clients. Advise and serve as resource to other lawyers in the department on a regular basis as questions and issues arise. Strive to create a culture of employee engagement and empowerment. Work closely with the Litigation Department and outside counsel on litigation matters relating to all aspects of the business, including distribution, production, labor, music, tax and clearances. Work closely with the corporate Intellectual Property group, outside counsel in managing all intellectual property issues relating, including anti-piracy, show name, channel and character clearance, patent, trademark and music issues. Coordinate with the corporate Tax Department on tax issues, working often in this regard with Business Affairs. Partner effectively and work closely with Labor Relations and Business Affairs on high-level and strategic labor issues that confront. Manage all legal matters relating to content and its directions.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD degree from top tier law school and 10+ years’ experience in Legal Affairs in the television or streaming industry. Bar Membership (California is preferred). Experience with leading audit negotiations and settlements. Depth of knowledge in complex backend participation and co-production arrangements. Demonstrated success in earning the trust of senior legal and business management to manage the most complex and sensitive issues. Has breadth of knowledge about the television studio business and legal issues and has functioned as a strategic partner for business affairs and new business initiatives. Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze complex issues and devise solutions and strategies. Superior negotiation, drafting, and writing skills; as well as ability to problem solve in an efficient, business-friendly, creative manner. Knowledge of AFTRA/SAG, DGA and WGA rules for live action content. Extensive leadership and training experience of other lawyers. Successfully managing and motivating a highly experienced team of lawyers, paralegals, assistants, and staff. A collegial and collaborative lawyer who has experience developing team members and brings a commitment to the creation of a positive working environment within the legal organization. Experience as a lawyer within a law firm. Require strong drafting, analytical and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong leadership, management and mentoring capabilities. Excellent interpersonal skills, work ethic and commitment to professionalism. Must excel in advising and directing ABCS senior management on all relevant matters. Preferred: Television studio or production company experience preferred. Experience in international production and co-financing arrangements. Experience in reality/alternative programming.
Job ID: 524258BR
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