Reporting to the EVP, Business Affairs, the individual in this position will negotiate and draft agreements for Showtime's original programs as more fully set forth below. The individual will have primary responsibility for development projects and original programming. The individual will be responsible for providing legal advice in areas related to their projects such as labor, ancillary rights, clearances, oversight of the administration ancillary to contractual obligations, supervising litigation, etc.
Have primary responsibility for own development matters including (i) drafting and negotiating agreements for rights, writers, producers, directors and actors in connection with the development and production of Original Programming and (ii) negotiating and drafting license agreements and co-production agreements for third party studio projects. The individual must be able to synthesize complex deal points and reduce them to clear, effective contract language. An ability to anticipate the practical implication for production and marketing of provisions requested by talent representatives is important, as is the ability to interact seamlessly with and obtain input from executives in the creative, production, business affairs administration and finance departments.
Supervise all business/legal aspects of Original Programming in production (whether or not Showtime is the lead studio), including clearance, above-the-line labor issues, actor test options and writing staff deals and, when a third party studio is involved, acting as the liaison with that studio's business and legal affairs.
Draft supporting documents ancillary to the production, finance and distribution of programming.
Miscellaneous responsibilities include primary responsibility for negotiating and drafting quitclaim agreements and working on marketing issues and related matters.
The individual is responsible for knowing company policy on a significant number of different transactions and determining whether accommodating talent asks would violate policy. The individual must be able to determine which accommodations require further input from various teams and executives within the company. The individual must be able to suggest solutions and recommend potential courses of action for senior executives when the issue involved demands attention from them. The individual must be a good judge of the relative urgency of myriad production and clearance issues.QUALIFICATIONS:
- Must have a minimum of ten years direct experience, with experience in television legal and business affairs.
- JD is required, preferably from a top-tier law school.
- Legal Knowledge: A strong background in contract law, intellectual property law, tort law, media law and constitutional first amendment law. Applicant must be familiar with key provisions of the collective bargaining agreements of Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild, Directors Guild and other entertainment industry unions and guilds. Must be able to interpret and draft complex talent, co-production and licensing agreements.
- Transactional Knowledge: Applicant must be familiar with various compensation structures employed in the entertainment industry, including fixed, deferred and contingent compensation.
- Industry Knowledge: Applicant must have a good understanding of the television industry, with a focus on premium television. Familiarity with different forms of exhibition and licensing in the digital arena is desired.
- Personal Skills: Strong management and communication skills. Ability to interact with senior management.
- Decision-making: Must be able to utilize knowledge and experience to exercise sound business judgment and make independent decisions.
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