Senior Counsel / Director, Legal & Business Affairs (Mat Cover)

Division

Warner Bros. Entertainment Group

Position Type

Fixed Term

Interests

Legal/Business Affairs

Location

United Kingdom - London

Posted Date

Jun. 19, 2020

Req Number

177980BR

Company Overview

WBITVP is part of the Warner Bros. International Television division. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is the distributor of the world's largest catalogue including blockbuster theatrical features such as Wonder Woman, Justice League and Dunkirk, together with prime television series such as Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Flash and Friends.

WBITVP is also responsible for managing the flow of television formats within the WBITVP group of companies and for the distribution of television formats and local programming to third party producers/broadcasters across the world.

Opportunity Overview

Essential job functions
  • To structure, draft and negotiate option agreements, format license agreements, finished program license agreements and deal memos reflecting WBITVP’s strategy and practices for the licensing of television formats, finished programs and the production of local programming by local broadcasters and producers throughout the world
  • To draft and negotiate agreements required to acquire third party formats and finished programs reflecting the agreed terms as dictated by WBITVP’s strategy and practices
  • To structure, draft and negotiate co-production/development agreements and other bespoke agreements to enable WBITVP and its production companies to take advantage of available local production funding, subsidies and tax rebates and to ensure that where applicable the relevant local programming qualifies as local content under the applicable regulations, including, liaising with applicable finance and tax groups regarding finance and tax laws and regulations
  • To provide feedback to management both in London and in Burbank regarding the status of negotiations of format, finished program and acquisition agreements and other co-production and bespoke agreements
  • To advise and draft development agreements, funding agreements and ancillary legal agreements such as non-disclosure agreements and other related agreements
  • To advise the digital team in respect of exploitation of WBITVP content on social media platforms (including YouTube and Facebook) and work with the digital team to devise, update and implement digital strategies to apply across WBITVP
  • To liaise with rights admin, sales admin, contract admin, finance and participation departments to ensure format and finished program rights and licenses are correctly recorded and administered
  • To advise and conduct due diligence on potential licensees and local productions to ensure compliance with applicable anti-corruption laws including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, OFAC and EU sanctions
  • To research and advise on underlying rights issues in connection with the clearance of current and library television formats and programming
  • To deal with format infringement issues and discrepancies in chain of title of underlying rights
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Person specification
  • Qualified solicitor/barrister with 6-10 years Post Qualification Experience
  • Experience in international format licensing or rights acquisitions preferred
  • Experience gained with an international distribution company or a major law firm preferred
  • Experience of dealing with international local production business preferred
  • Excellent academic credentials required
  • Ability to speak a European language would be useful but is not required

To be successful in this role, we believe you will have:
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet conflicting deadlines in short timeframe
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Exemplary communication skills and be able to explain complex issues simply, clearly and tactfully
  • Ability to show commercial acumen to apply law to reach commercial objective of the business
  • Proven ability to negotiate around complex problems
  • Ability to direct, supervise and manage junior members of the team
  • Teamwork: to be happy and willing to take on any matter however trivial or important in order that the team together can achieve its goals

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including flexible hours or an element of working remotely. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need.