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Director - Business & Legal Affairs, Discovery

Our Team

The Business & Legal Affairs department is responsible for all legal matters related to the development, acquisition, production, distribution and pre-broadcast review of all content used worldwide by Discovery’s television and digital networks. More specifically, this group negotiates and drafts commission, co-production, acquisition, and talent agreements; reviews scripts and rough cuts of programs prior to broadcast in order to minimize legal exposure; analyzes media rights associated with all programming agreements and responds to usage requests made by the company’s many lines of businesses; and provides advice and counsel on a wide array of network matters such as production- and talent-related legal issues, insurance, and rights clearances.

The Role

The Director, Business & Legal Affairs position will be based in our Silver Spring, MD or New York, NY office and will be responsible for independently handling deal negotiations and the drafting and review of a variety of agreements for the development, production and distribution of documentary and non-scripted reality television programming, including the agreements for talent across Discovery’s portfolio of networks. The Director will be responsible for handling ongoing deal management responsibilities throughout the life of a program.

The Director will also provide advice on content-related legal issues (e.g., defamation, right of privacy and publicity, copyright, etc.) for Discovery’s programs, with an emphasis on the legal issues related to true crime programming.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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.
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, including clear and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of television programming and talent agreements and/or cable industry.
  • Knowledge of defamation, privacy, and copyright laws.
  • Excellent business and legal judgment, including the ability to take initiative, make firm decisions, manage projects in a fast-paced environment, and offer a high level of customer service.
  • Excellent people skills and ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school and current Bar admission.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and other software applications.
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted March 13, 2019


General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking an experienced, mission-driven senior executive to serve as General Counsel. The General Counsel will be a key member of the executive leadership team and will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s in-house legal department, including the organization’s public policy group. They will serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees, both as chief legal counsel and strategic partner, and will ensure that the Foundation receives top quality legal advice in all relevant subject areas and geographic locations. They will play a critical role in ensuring that the Foundation has the dynamic leadership it needs to advance its mission in the face of legal, political, and technological challenges, as well as ambitious plans for growth. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with both consumer-facing global technology platforms and nonprofit social justice organizations and movements.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted March 1, 2019


Staff Attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking an attorney with at least three years of litigation experience to join its legal team based in Washington, D.C. This newly created staff attorney position represents an opportunity to join a small team of dedicated lawyers who represent the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists in impact and defense litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters. The staff attorney will play a key role in advising independent and freelance journalists, including documentary filmmakers, on legal concerns in connection with the Reporters Committee's pre-publication partnerships with organizations including the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the International Documentary Association.

The position will report to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Litigating impact cases involving access to court records/proceedings and issues arising under state and federal freedom of information laws, including the drafting of pleadings, motions and briefs; arguing motions, and negotiating with opposing counsel;
  • Providing counsel to journalists, including documentary filmmakers, on legal issues related to newsgathering, access to information, libel, and privacy in connection with the Reporters Committee's pre-publication partnerships;
  • Pre-publication review of articles, documentary films, and other content in connection with the Reporters Committee's pre-publication partnerships;
  • Drafting amicus briefs on behalf of media coalitions in state and federal appeals presenting important freedom of information and First Amendment issues;
  • Managing local and outside counsel relationships in amicus and litigation matters;
  • Conducting trainings for journalists and news organizations on media law topics.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least three years of litigation experience with a law firm, nonprofit organization, or legal department of a news media company. Prior experience handling freedom of information, access to judicial records/proceedings, libel/defamation, and other news media matters is strongly preferred. Prior experience providing pre-publication review/advice is strongly preferred. Must be a member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to be admitted to the D.C. Bar by motion.
  • Must be self-directed and have the ability to handle independently all aspects of litigation, including drafting papers, formulating strategy, and negotiating with opposing parties;
  • Must have outstanding legal research skills and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Must have strong leadership skills and be able to successfully supervise Reporters Committee legal fellows and legal interns;
  • Must have good judgment and the highest level of professional integrity

Our generous benefit package should also be considered. For this full-time position, RCFP offers:

  • A competitive annual base salary between $83,000 and $93,000, based on level of experience, with 3 weeks paid time off in addition to most federal holidays.
  • A retirement savings plan, including a 5% employer match from date of hire.
  • Comprehensive employer paid insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision, life and disability.
  • Ability to use pre-tax dollars for dependent care and commuting expenses.
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment.

The Reporters Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a legal writing sample to Reporters Committee's Legal Director Katie Townsend via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted February 26, 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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