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Senior Legal Counsel, Commissions & Acquisitions - 12m FTC


London, GB, NW1 8TT


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?


We are looking for an experienced Lawyer/Business Affairs Manager to join the BALA team in London supporting the commissioning of scripted and unscripted content for our linear and non-linear streaming services.  It is anticipated that this role will focus on fulfilling the slate on our PSB channels in the “5” portfolio.  You will work with a broad range of commissioners and 3rd party suppliers, both qualifying and non-qualifying independent production companies, across all genres, as well as studios, licensors, agents and rights holders in the UK and internationally.  You will review and advise on, negotiate, draft and deliver development and production agreements, content licences and ancillary contracts enabling us to deliver exciting, entertaining and inspiring content to our audiences.


What will you be doing?


  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on standard and non-standard development, acquisition and Programme Production Agreements and/or other ancillary contracts (e.g. presenter agreements, work for hire production agreements, access agreements and programme finance documents), within the framework of PACT agreed Terms of Trade, where applicable
  • Reviewing chain of title documents and underlying rights agreements; advising on commitments made in Editorial/Commissioning Specification Forms, as well as cross-brand content sharing of existing VCNI programming (for both UK and international exploitation)
  • Guiding and advising the commissioning teams on rights and legal matters (including but not limited to new and emerging media functionalities, utility and usage rules, holdbacks, video-on-demand services, copyright, music, press and promotional activities rights and clearances etc.)
  • Advising on and supporting a variety of finance arrangements, which may include both hard and soft money as well as advertiser funded agreement and other alternative finance
  • Ensuring that all compliance and governance obligations are appropriately met and managed, within UK and US framework
  • Maintaining effective, efficient, and consistent commercial relationships with programme suppliers whilst effectively negotiating programme rights and terms in accordance with VCNI and industry benchmarks
  • Maintaining and managing internal relationships particularly with Content Legal & Compliance team, the Programming Department (Commissioning Editors, Programme Management, scheduling etc.), the Privacy/DP legal team, the Music & Media Licensing team and as required, Digital Media Group (VOD), Sales (AFPs etc), Finance, Commercial Partnerships (Distribution, linked telephony competitions, clips etc) etc.
  • Establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders externally, including production companies/groups, industry bodies and unions (e.g. PACT, DUK, Equity, WGGB, Bectu) etc.
  • Reviewing and updating company precedents where necessary
  • Advising on changes in law likely to materially affect VCNI’s business activities
  • Advising the business on intellectual property rights and general commercial matters and take steps to reduce areas of potential risk
  • Advising in respect of exploitation of ancillary programme rights (publishing, merchandising, VOD, DTO, DVD etc.)
  • Assist in the training and development of the more junior members of the team (possibly having line management responsibility depending on experience)
  • Input into team best practice, knowhow, and template agreements where required Liaising with outside legal counsel, where required


What are we looking for?


  • Suitable qualification experience, in-house and/or in private practice; or significant experience of working in a production management and commissioning business and legal affairs team
  • Demonstrable experience in drafting and negotiating rights agreements within the television/media industry gained from working for a public service broadcaster or independent production company either in-house or in private practice, but general media/IP experience is required.
  • A solid knowledge of rights issues, contract law, copyright law and distribution
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of media compliance laws and issues, including the Ofcom Code
  • Excellent drafting skills – ability to take instructions on a wide variety of contracts and produce working drafts (both with and without reliance on precedent) to meet business requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to interact with people at all levels within and outside an organisation as well as to present complex legal advice and conclusions concisely
  • An ability to deal with a large and varied workload, often under critical time pressure
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills, combined with the ability to see the strategic perspective and the imagination to find a creative solution to business issues





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.


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