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Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – News, Univision

Univision is seeking a motivated and gifted lawyer who understands media law to join the Univision Legal team as a full-time attorney supporting Univision News and its journalists at company's news headquarters. You must be a Spanish-speaking, resourceful, skilled and collaborative team player with media law and intellectual property experience. You must also have a passion for news and journalism and its importance to Univision's audiences. This position will be based in Miami, Florida, and manage a significant range of responsibilities.

POSITION SUMMARY

This position will work closely with Univision's award-winning network, local, and digital news teams on their journalism, providing pre-publication review and copyright expertise. The successful applicant will help craft and promote adherence to news guidelines and policies; review and draft various license agreements, and provide day-to-day advice to the network, local, and digital news teams. The successful applicant will also know how to interface seamlessly with the rest of Univision's legal department to conduct trainings, work the litigation department to investigate and respond to complaints and subpoenas, etc.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Counsel Univision's broadcast, local, and digital newsrooms on laws affecting publication and broadcast, including news-gathering, defamation, privacy, and copyright, among other areas.
  • Conduct pre-publication review of editorial content in all formats. Advise newsrooms on day-to-day issues relating to use, selection, and potential infringement of various media, including extensive fair use and other copyright analysis.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of news guidelines and other related policies.
  • Provide training for journalists in areas of defamation, privacy, news-gathering, investigatory techniques, and copyright.
  • Respond to pre- and post-broadcast queries, demand letters and infringement claims
  • Perform legal research as necessary to resolve legal issues and determine the appropriate course of action regarding a particular issue/case.
  • Collaborate with Univision's legal department on litigation, subpoena demands, complaints, litigation, and other issues involving the News Division.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

  • J.D. from top ABA accredited law school
  • Admission to a state bar, and be in good standing
  • Minimum 7 years legal experience at a top law firm preferred and/or with in-house experience a plus
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish
  • Experience with and knowledge of First Amendment and media law

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Experience in the news and media industry
  • Experience with pre-publication review
  • Significant understanding of media law and ethics and the news and media industry
  • Strong background in copyright and intellectual property
  • Excellent analytical skills and high attention to detail
  • Commitment to producing insightful, accurate, and thoughtful legal and other work in a timely manner
  • Excellent bilingual (Spanish) writing and oral communications skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and concisely
  • First-rate judgment and ability to set priorities
  • Proven experience thriving in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and gravitas to work with senior news management

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be willing to work from offices in Miami, FL
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be willing to travel 10% of the time, or as needed and be available on short notice, if needed

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 11, 2019


Counsel, New York Times Co.

The New York Times Company is currently seeking an attorney who has experience as a litigator in handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information as well as commercial litigation and who can play a key role in advising journalists on legal concerns. The legal department of The New York Times works throughout the entire organization and partners closely with teams on the widest range of legal and compliance matters. This newly created position represents the opportunity to join a mission-critical legal team of approximately 11 attorneys and legal staff.

The position will report to the Deputy General Counsel.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing counsel to Times journalists on legal issues related to newsgathering, access to information, libel, and privacy.
  • Litigating in-house a portfolio of FOI cases, including the drafting of papers, arguing motions and appeals, and negotiating with opposing counsel.
  • Providing hands-on assistance in the litigation of commercial disputes and copyright and libel cases as well as employment disputes.
  • Managing outside counsel on litigation matters, including providing careful oversight of a litigation budget.
  • Doing pre-publication review of articles, videos, and other content from The Times newsroom.
  • Handling responses to threats of libel suits or other litigation.
  • Working with the Company's intellectual property lawyers on copyright and trademark issues.
  • Managing outside counsel in litigation matters.
  • Conducting in-house training on media law topics.
  • Advising the Company's business units on a variety of legal topics including contract disputes and antitrust issues.
  • Managing the Company's response to business and newsroom subpoenas.
  • Working with the Company's employment lawyers on threatened and active litigation.
  • Assisting in developing Company policies on matters of legal compliance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Five to seven years of experience at a law firm with a proven track record of handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information as well as commercial litigation. Prior in-house experience at a news organization is preferred, as is a background in international law. Must be a member of the New York bar.
  • Must have the ability to handle independently all aspects of FOI litigation and other types of cases, from drafting papers and arguing motions to negotiating with other parties.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of the law of defamation and newsgathering and have outstanding legal research skills.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communications skills and the flexibility and ability to work on deadline with journalists.
  • Must have an understanding of digital platforms and the legal issues related to digital publishing and data-based reporting.
  • Must have good judgment, a high level of professional integrity, and a familiarity with pre-publication review of print, video, and photographic content.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Make an impact by supporting our original, independent and deeply reported journalism.
  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families
  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.
  • We offer a competitive parental leave.
  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning, and provide employees $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.
  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.

To apply, click here.

Posted January 8, 2019


Production Attorney, Vox Media

As Production Attorney for Vox Media, you will be responsible for a wide variety of legal matters related to production legal affairs. Daily tasks may include structuring, drafting, and negotiating a wide range of production-related documents, analyzing and interpreting contracts, and providing thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues in a wide range of legal areas, including intellectual property / copyright. You will also analyze and interpret contracts and provide thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues in a wide range of legal areas, including intellectual property/copyright.

This role is NY-based and may require occasional travel to our regional offices.

What you'll do:

  • Structure, draft, and negotiate production services and talent agreements (both above/below-the-line) for Production Studio, including showrunners, actors, writers, producers, directors, vendors, releases, music and asset licenses, and deal memos.
  • Vet scripts and conduct watch-downs of video cuts for copyright/fair use, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, and clearance issues.
  • Advise on day-to-day production issues (including music rights, guilds, clearance, and S&P)
  • Partner with Vox Media's creative and production teams to identify goals and help the teams to get where they want to go in a way that is consistent with Vox Media's risk profile.
  • Analyze and interpret contracts and provide thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues in a wide range of legal areas, including intellectual property, guild issues, working with minors, and content regulations
  • Handle claims related to Vox Media Entertainment programming
  • Mentor and train a team of in-house attorneys and clearance professionals, providing leadership and skill-sharing in all matters of legal production.

What you'll bring:

  • Ideal candidate will have 5-8 years of experience at an entertainment law firm, network, studio, or production company. Must have substantial experience working with television production and networks; OTT network production experience a plus.
  • Deep understanding of substantive areas of law related to television production, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, labor, and privacy.
  • Comfort with risk assessment and problem-solving, with an emphasis on thinking outside-the-box to suggest creative alternatives in tough situations.
  • Ability to prioritize and provide quick turn-around for pre-air legal review of programming and related marketing materials.
  • Experience navigating issues related to the various entertainment guilds.
  • Experience working with synchronization, mechanical, and related music licensing deals.
  • Strong work ethic and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to lead and mentor, to work within a team to strengthen and grow skills and proficiency.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills, including clear and effective written and verbal communication skills, negotiating skills, strong drafting abilities and a can-do, no job is too small, team attitude.
  • Professional individual who can build strong relationships, both internally and externally, and is able to comfortably interact with all levels of employees.
  • Law Degree from an Accredited University; bar admission that can be used in-house in New York State.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Posted December 19, 2018


Assistant General Counsel, Litigation, CBS

The Assistant General Counsel, Litigation will be responsible for managing a variety of litigation and pre-litigation matters, as well as providing day-to-day legal advice to business units within the Company. Litigation matters include class action lawsuits, media litigation (including defamation claims and reporter's privilege issues), employment litigation, intellectual property claims, and general commercial disputes, as well as third-party subpoenas and government requests.

  • Analyze claims and formulate litigation and early case resolution strategy.
  • Manage outside counsel by coordinating and directing litigation strategy and establishing and monitoring case budget.
  • Conduct legal research and writing for matters where outside counsel is deemed unnecessary (i.e., responses to pre-litigation claims and third-party subpoenas).
  • Review and approve pleadings and motions and attend mediations, court hearings, and depositions.
  • Coordinate and supervise discovery, including collection and production of materials.
  • Keep management and business units apprised of litigation developments and strategy.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • JD from accredited law school, excellent academic credentials, and admission to New York Bar.
  • At least 4 years of legal experience at a top-tier law firm or corporate legal department, with proven ability to handle all aspects of litigation.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and writing skills, and excellent negotiating abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to perform both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Superior work ethic, well organized, and able to manage numerous projects simultaneously.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted December 18, 2018


Assistant General Consel, NPR

NPR seeks an attorney with 10 to 15 years of transactional experience (with an emphasis on agreements relating to technology and intellectual property) to support internal clients focused on distribution of content via satellite and via mobile and other digital platforms, programming, audience research and measurement, content preservation and archiving, live events, facilities and operations, and data analysis and research in support of NPR’s reporting.

We are looking for a lawyer with superb oral and written communication skills, a commitment to client service, solid business judgment, and the ability to build strong, collaborative relationships internally and externally. The lawyer who joins our team will review, negotiate, and draft complex agreements (often without precedent), helping NPR embrace business opportunities while managing risk and ensuring compliance with nonprofit tax law and regulatory requirements. An ability to manage multiple projects, set and adjust priorities, work under pressure, and maintain composure and a sense of humor while doing so are musts.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing legal counsel to NPR departments on a wide range of legal issues, including issues related to digital technology, distribution of content via satellite and over digital platforms, preservation and use of archived content, open source software, and intellectual property protection;
  • Structuring, drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and analyzing a broad range of complex and sophisticated agreements, with a focus on technology and intellectual property transactions (such as inbound and outbound licenses for content, purchase and sale agreements for hardware and other equipment, software and technology licensing agreements, services agreements, and complex satellite distribution hardware agreements), program acquisition and distribution agreements, facilities and live events agreements, and agreements with research and data analytics service providers;   
  • Managing risk and ensuring compliance with nonprofit tax law and regulatory requirements; and
  • Leading and directing the work of others, including supervision and mentoring of junior attorneys, paralegals, administrative staff, legal fellows, interns, and outside counsel. 

Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar.
  • Strong transactional background, with experience reviewing, negotiating, and drafting complex agreements involving technology and intellectual property is required.
  • Interest and background in the business of broadcasting, journalism, or media is preferred.
  • Experience representing tax-exempt organizations is a plus.

If you are interested in joining the NPR legal team, please apply online through the NPR Careers site at: Assistant General Counsel Job Posting. Please include a resume and a cover letter. We will begin reviewing resumes on December 15 and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted December 7, 2018


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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
 
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
 
 
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