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Entertainment and New Media Attorney in New York City, NY

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May 04, 2021

Years of Experience

8-15 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States
Practice Area
Entertainment and New Media >> Entertainment and New Media
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Head of Legal
The candidate will oversee and lead the legal practice for the firm. Partner with Company’s Business Affairs & Operations to develop deal playbooks and policies for Company’s long-form (film and television), digital video, and podcasting businesses. Draft and negotiate, and oversee the drafting and negotiation of, agreements related to all aspects of the Company’s long-form (film and television), digital video, and podcasting businesses, including long-form agreements relating to rights (e.g., literary option and purchase agreements and life rights agreements), creative, talent, development, production, distribution, licensing, sales agent, and business/revenue. Align with Company’s Business Affairs & Operations on deal-making and business narratives. Collaborate with Company’s Business Affairs & Operations and IP & Content Integrity teams to develop holistic IP/content strategies and policies. Collaborate with IP & Content Integrity team to develop standard legal terms for journalistic contributor agreements related to audiovisual and audio rights in published content. Manage and lead a team of skilled Legal team members working across all Company platforms. Support and collaborate with the Company’s Business Affairs & Operations and IP & Content Integrity team in the development and implementation of workflow processes and rights and production management systems. Provide legal oversight and advice on all aspects of production, making informed judgment calls that balance business needs and risk. Advice on insurance-related matters. Maintain relationships with key managers, agencies, and attorneys in the entertainment community. Work cross-functionally to inform the creation of necessary policy and legal agreements to support corporate goals. Work with the corporate legal team, Company’s Business Affairs & Operations and corporate tax to develop corporate structures of Company’s-related entities throughout the world. In coordination with corporate legal and corporate tax teams, advise Company’s Business Affairs & Operations on tax credits and other tax-related matters. Provide guidance to and coordinate with IP/entertainment counsel in markets to ensure market alignment with Company’s playbooks and policies. Work closely with IP/entertainment counsel in markets to ensure compliance with local legal content and other relevant restrictions relevant to audiovisual and audio content.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a J.D. degree (or international equivalent/LLM) and admit to the Bar of at least one state. Must have 8-15 years of experience as a practicing entertainment attorney at a law firm and/or in-house at a studio/network, production company, or agency. Significant managerial experience with a company engaged in the entertainment, media, or sports industries and significant experience negotiating and drafting production, development, distribution, licensing, and other commercial agreements, specifically in entertainment or media is required. Should have excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication, organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills; knowledge of the media, film, television, digital video and podcasting industries and business models, video communities, and Internet/consumer technology; and proven understanding of content exploitation models across traditional, digital and podcasting outlets.

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