Overview and Responsibilities
This position is responsible for providing legal and commercial support to the sales/business development executives and contract administration, finance and marketing groups of the Worldwide Television Licensing and Distribution division. This position reports to a Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal (located in Los Angeles), supporting Worldwide Television Licensing and Distribution. This position has no supervisory responsibility.
Perform business and legal affairs functions in connection with Paramount’s television and digital distribution of motion picture and television content worldwide, with a focus on pay TV, basic TV, free TV, SVOD and FVOD and also supporting VOD, EST and PPV.
Handle all aspects of licensing matters, including drafting documents, negotiating all phases of transactions from term sheet to definitive agreement, and consulting on the management and administration of active agreements.
Assist with matters related to licensing and distribution, including acquisitions, content protection, MPA initiatives, rights conflict analysis and collective management issues.
Collaborate with, synthesize feedback from and provide advice to commercial, finance, operations and marketing executives.
Coordinate and liaise with multiple Paramount offices worldwide.
Provide ancillary business and legal affairs support to other groups or divisions, as needed.
Strong analytical abilities, excellent writing/drafting skills and teamwork-oriented attitude.
Ability to reliably execute under substantial time pressure, to perform under the demands set by the company and to manage a high-volume workload efficiently and effectively in accordance with client and business priorities.
Ability to multi-task in a manner that moves multiple projects forward.
Ability to work proactively and with the appropriate level of independence, exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
Ability to communicate effectively with management and fellow employees.
Ability to think “outside the box” on matters requiring creative alternatives and innovative solutions.
Admission to State Bar of California or New York required. Outstanding academic credentials. Minimum of 3 years of solid experience at a top law firm or media company handling matters involving or related to licensing and distribution.
Experience and working knowledge in contract analysis and review, negotiations, documentation and compliance.
Ability to work in partnership with the sales, operations, marketing and business development, finance, tax and technology groups.
Ability to interact positively and professionally with licensee clients and all levels of management and staff.
Be results-oriented with a track record of gaining management credibility and influencing business results.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Experience and working knowledge in content licensing/distribution of motion picture content and intellectual property a plus.
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