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Director Business and Legal Affairs Discovery

Company name

Media Law Resource Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Date Last Verified

Mar 19,2019

Valid Through

Jul 02,2019

Posted on

Mar 14,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Trademark/Copyright
Litigation >> Litigation - E-Discovery
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Director - Business and Legal Affairs, Discovery
The candidate will assume independent responsibility for deal negotiations and preparation of contracts for developing, producing, financing, and/or acquiring television programming for Discovery’s networks. Negotiate and draft all business and legal terms with producer’s lawyers and/or agents for development, commission, co-production, acquisition, and other related agreements, including standard terms and conditions, back-end participation and ancillary deal components such as the licensing and granting of rights. Negotiate and draft all terms of a variety of talent deals and manage all aspects of the provision of personal services to Discovery throughout the life of the talent deal, including oversight of all business transactions between the talent and the Discovery units that utilize talent’s services. Advise and support senior network executives and internal business units on legal issues including copyright, defamation, trademark, right of privacy and publicity, music, advertising and other production-related issues, as well as liaise with counsel for production companies regarding legal issues related to programs. Review and draft ancillary production-related documents such as access agreements, format licenses, participant releases, and consultant agreements. Assume accountability for deals under tight timelines while acquiring appropriate rights within budgetary parameters. Manage business practices in concert with network editorial/creative and production management. Should have experience working in-house in the business affairs or legal department of a cable or broadcast television network or studio, or commensurate experience in the entertainment/media division of a law firm. Must have excellent writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, including clear and effective written and verbal communication skills. Should have knowledge of television programming and talent agreements and/or cable industry. Must have knowledge of defamation, privacy, and copyright laws. Must have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and other software applications.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Media Law Resource Center
520 Eighth Avenue
North Tower 20th Floor
New York City, NY 10018

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