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Legal Counsel, Scripted

10417

London, GB, NW1 8TT

Legal
London
Full-Time

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, Paramount's portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. Paramount delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry's most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, the company provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.

 

Is this the role for you?

 

Sitting in the Business and Legal Affairs (“BALA”) team in London, we are looking for a scripted production lawyer with experience in film and/or television (commissions, productions, distribution, acquisitions) and/or broadcast media, solid understanding of intellectual property rights, experience working with talent (on and off screen), unions and agents.

 

We are looking for a scripted production lawyer with experience in film and/or television (commissions, productions, distribution, acquisitions) and/or broadcast media, solid understanding of intellectual property rights, experience working with talent (on and off screen), unions and agents.

 

What will you be doing?

 

  • Reviewing and managing all chain of title documents, prepare, negotiate, review all underlying rights agreements, development agreements, script agreements, turnaround agreements.
  • Preparing and negotiating production services agreements and co-production agreements using company precedents
  • Drafting and advising on a broad range of contracts, for example; all underlying rights and production agreements, contributor releases, presenter agreements, access and location agreements, licences for third party materials, format options, literary options, commissioning agreements, both terms of trade and non-terms of trade deals for a wide range of broadcasters and platforms production financing agreements, acquisitions agreements, including film and series licences from global suppliers, talent union agreements across multiple jurisdictions and territories, short form digital content creation, technology and product agreements.
  • Supporting and advising production on all legal matters as they arise
  • Working alongside the Content Legal & Compliance team to review and sign off commitments made in Editorial/Commissioning Specification, production protocols and production risk analysis processes
  • Advising on intellectual property issues relating to production (e.g. fair dealing or other clearance issues)
  • Liaising with external parties such as independent producers and broadcasters and teams internally.
  • Contribute to the precedents and know-how of the BALA International Team
  • Dealing with distribution queries, liaising with programme Distributor(s) regarding distribution deal terms and practical issues
  • Advising in respect of exploitation of ancillary programme rights (publishing, merchandising, DVDs etc.)
  • Supporting the BALA team generally, adopting an appropriate risk management and constructive approach to problem solving, including the proposal of new ways of working

 

What are we looking for?

 

The ideal candidate will be a qualified solicitor with some post-qualification and/or relevant industry experience, both in-house and in private practice.

 

  • Legal experience in film and/or television (commissions, productions, distribution, acquisitions) and/or broadcast media, solid understanding of intellectual property rights, experience working with talent (on and off screen), unions and agents;
  • Experience of TV rights and production deals
  • Good knowledge of rights issues, distribution, contract law, copyright law and production financing
  • Excellent drafting skills – able to take instructions on a wide variety of contracts and produce working drafts (both with and without reliance on precedent) to meet business requirements
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to interact with people at all levels of an organisation and present complex legal conclusions concisely
  • Ability to deal with a large and varied workload, often under critical time pressure
  • Work confidently alone or as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail, combined with the ability to see the strategic perspective and the imagination to find a creative solution to business issues
  • A positive and constructive attitude – able to deal with pressurised situations in a calm and effective manner

 

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 Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.

 

At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

 

If you have any difficulties in applying or require access needs arising from a mobility or any other impairment please let us know by emailing uk.recruitment@vimn.com or calling 0207 555 1234. We can then ensure your experience and visit is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.