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Counsel / Senior Counsel, Studio Legal Affairs, Cable Entertainment
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Counsel / Senior Counsel, Studio Legal Affairs, Cable Entertainment The candidate will serve as the legal point of contact (or show lawyer) for all aspects of projects in development and production by the Studios. Will handle a wide range of issues relating to the development, production, and exploitation of scripted and unscripted entertainment programming, including script and concept vetting, contract drafting and negotiation, rights analysis, copyright and trademark issues, defamation and First Amendment advice, and other legal matters arising during development and production. Identify and analyze legal issues relating to projects in development and production for both scripted and unscripted projects. Independently draft, review, negotiate, and interpret a range of contracts and other legal documents including agreements for above-the-line talent including writers, producers, and on-screen talent, production services, co-productions, reality show hosts, and participants. Analyze law and facts to provide concise and production-friendly advice regarding chain of title, life story rights, and other intellectual property issues, indemnification matters, contest compliance issues, matters involving reality show contestants and participants, and dispute resolution. Provide timely and thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues, and propose practical, responsive solutions. Identify and implement improvements to forms and processes. Partner with business executives, as well as colleagues in the Law Department, to discuss and implement best practices and formulate new processes in connection with business needs. Work with the Legal Affairs team and colleagues in the Law department on major projects with long-term business implications.

The candidate should have a J.D. or LL.M. degree from an accredited law school.Strong academic credentials are desired. Must have 4+ years of experience for Counsel or 7 years of experience for Senior Counsel of entertainment, intellectual property, privacy, First Amendment, defamation, entertainment transactional and/or other relevant experience. Should be a member of California Bar or other US State Bar. Experience working in scripted and/or unscripted programming is desired. Relevant in-house experience is an asset. Willingness to work nights and on weekends, if needed, is a plus.
 
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