Friday, October 06, 2006

NBC Universal: VP - LA

CITY: Universal City

STATE: California


Essential Functions (Responsibilities):
Job Purpose:
As Vice President - Legal Affairs, you will be part of a team responsible for handling legal matters surrounding the production of motion pictures.

Job Responsibilities:
  • This attorney will be part of a team responsible for negotiating and drafting acquisition, development and productions agreements (which includes agreements for talent).
  • Also responsible for all legal matters during the course of production, including, but not limited to:
    *Evaluating rights/chain of title issues
    *Clearance matters
    *Guild issues
    *Advertising, promotion and publicity issues.

    Basic Qualifications:
  • JD Required
  • Minumum 10 years of experience with production.

  • Self Starter
  • Ability to work indepently
  • Previous litigation experience at a major studio a plus

  • NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. We develop, produce and market entertainment, news and information to a global market. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

  • Universal Pictures creates and distributes theatrical and non-theatrical filmed entertainment. A high-quality and diverse product mix is delivered to the growing global marketplace through a variety of internally developed titles, co-productions, local acquisitions, specialty motion pictures, direct-to-video titles, specialty video, classic titles, and consumer products. These films and videos then provide content for television, and further drive the recreation business, consumer products, and other ancillary businesses.
  • Job#551170
  • Lionsgate: Attorney Job LA

    Lionsgate is the premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, home entertainment, family entertainment, television programming and video-on-demand content.

    Lionsgate is seeking an entry-level attorney for our Business & Legal Affairs department. This position provides an excellent opportunity to learn the legal entertainment business. The position will require working on a large volume of domestic and international licensing agreements, merchandising agreements, home video agreements, clip licensing agreements, delivery of legal documentation to domestic and international licensees, handle special projects as they arise, provide legal support to the international and domestic sales team, and will be able to support his/her self administratively and provide some administrative support for the Sr. Attorney.


    Candidates must possess a law degree from an accredited law school, have strong diplomatic skills, and be highly motivated and self-directed. In addition, candidates must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to be flexible in a fast paced deadline driven environment. Strong writing and computer skills are required. Successful candidates must be admitted to the bar in either California or another major jurisdiction.

    Lionsgate offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an excellent benefits package, and a great working environment.

    Contact Information
    Company: Lion's Gate Entertainment
    Address: 2700 Colorado Ave.
    Santa Monica,CA 90404
    Fax: 310-255-3870

    Tennis Channel: Pierre Vudrag VP BA/LA

    The Tennis Channel has added Pierre Vudrag as VP/Business and Legal Affairs to be the network's in-house legal affairs advisor and to oversee a variety of areas including licensing program content to the network's multiple brand platforms. Based in Los Angeles, Pierre reports to Bill Simon, CFO.

    Liberation Ent.: J. Alan Davis Hired

    J. Alan Davis has been hired at Liberation Entertainment in Los Angeles as VP/Head of Worldwide Business Affairs.

    Monday, September 18, 2006

    Nat Geo: Vincent D'Ambra: VP Biz Affairs

    National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) Vincent D'Ambra has been upped to VP/Business and Legal Affairs at NGCI's headquarters.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    POSTING: Discovery: Director - Legal: MD

    Position Summary:

    Draft and negotiate a wide variety of television programming agreements primarily for Discovery’s domestic and international networks, including commissions, co-productions, acquisitions, content-related agreements (e.g., footage, access and partnership agreements), talent agreements and complex output deals (e.g., as part of larger corporate deals)


    1) Draft and negotiate a wide variety of television programming agreements primarily for Discovery’s domestic and international networks, including commissions, co-productions, acquisitions, content-related agreements (e.g., footage, access and partnership agreements), talent agreements and complex output deals (e.g., as part of larger corporate deals)
    2) Analyze existing programming and programming-related contracts
    3) Conduct pre-publication review (e.g. publicity, privacy and defamation issues) and provide on-going legal advice and risk analysis to internal clients concerning production, rights clearance and other issues as needed
    4) Work closely with and provide counsel to DCI Business Affairs, Networks and other internal clients
    5) Serve as liaison to DCI Networks
    6) Perform other duties as assigned


    * Minimum level of professional experience required to do the job
    * Education – minimum level required, to do the job. At higher level roles, education should be a given & experience takes precedence.
    * Job specific technical competencies & skills essential to the role Minimum 3-6 years of legal practice in the entertainment industry (preferably with an emphasis on the “reality”/unscripted genre); law firm experience preferred; knowledge of FCC rules and regulations pertaining to commercial and program acceptability and/or previous standards and practices experience within the cable industry helpful
    * In-depth knowledge and experience with entertainment law and entertainment transactions, including television production and programming contracts; knowledge about union and non-union labor and employment law issues, guild terms (e.g., AFTRA, SAG, WGA, DGA) and their applicability to artist contracts a plus
    * Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    * Detail oriented and analytical with strong organizational skills
    * Ability to manage a high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment
    * Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a close-knit team coupled with the judgment to know when to seek advice from supervisors
    * Strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school and member of Bar in good standing

    POSTING Fox Cable Networks: Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs to work with the VP, Business & Legal Affairs.

    Telepictures Productions has upped James Dorgan to VP/Business and Legal Affairs.

    Telepictures Productions has upped James Dorgan to VP/Business and Legal Affairs. James supervises the business and legal issues pertaining to the company's first run productions, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tyra Banks Show, in addition to the music affairs for all of the studio's programs. He reports to David Decker, SVP/Business and Legal Affairs.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    Executive Move

    Claudia Teran has been upped to SVP/Business and Legal Affairs, Fox Cable Networks. Claudia will continue reporting to Rita Tuzon, EVP/General Counsel, Fox Cable Networks, and will provide the day-to-day legal oversight of the U.S. channels Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español, and action sports network FUEL, as well as the Fox Sports channels in Latin America, the Middle East and the worldwide Fox Sports syndication sales business.

    Tuesday, April 05, 2005

    Lots of Jobs?

    Seems like there's more job action out there. Are you looking? Are you hiring? Let me know.

    New Posting at Spike TV

    SVP, Business and Legal Affairs (Spike/Comedy Central)
    Senior Manager supervising all business and legal affairs for Comedy Central and Spike TV and their related ancillary businesses.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    * Lead, supervise and manage a diverse staff of 24 business and legal affairs professionals; develop and implement department standards, objectives and policy

    * Develop deal strategy, parameters and structure for all type of agreements related to original programming, features, "direct-to-video" projects, online, acquired programming, optioned properties, celebrity talent, promotional advertising, co-financing arrangements, and various ancillary rights agreements.

    * Advise and counsel senior business leaders on sensitive issues
    * Supervise training of business affairs and legal professionals
    * Negotiate and/or supervise major deals
    * Make legal judgment calls and provide strategic advice for Comedy Central and Spike TV
    * Strategize with senior channel management on major transactions; provide ongoing strategic legal advice in furtherance of business objectives

    * Translate MTV Networks legal, business and organizational initiatives into actionable goals for the team
    * Maintain relationships with key managers, agencies and attorneys in the entertainment community
    * Represent team to channel group, the Senior Team of the MTVN Business & Legal Affairs Department, and MTVN generally

    • Oversee 10 attorneys, administrative, contract management, music and media licensing staff
    Law degree from accredited law school with NY or CA bar admission and membership in good standing. Minimum 10 years of experience in entertainment law firm, media or entertainment company or studio/ network/ production company with at least 75% of that experience in entertainment and IP law (transactional work); significant management ability and experience, legal analysis, drafting and deal making skills; previously established relationships with key agents and entertainment lawyers are a plus.

    ABC VP Job

    ABC Inc. --- Buena Vista Television

    Title: VP, Business and Legal Affairs, Buena Vista Television

    VP, Business and Legal Affairs, Buena Vista Television
    Buena Vista Television is the domestic television distribution division of
    the Walt Disney Company and the leading provider of syndicated

    Summary of Position:
    The VP of Business and Legal Affairs is responsible for setting the
    strategy that maximizes the company‚s ability to exploit products across
    multiple platforms and emerging technologies. The VP of Business and Legal
    Affairs will work with a team of approximately 18 employees including
    Business and Legal Affairs Attorneys, Contract Administration
    professionals, and related support staff while working closely with other
    executives inside the Disney Media Division and the Disney studio. This
    position reports directly to the EVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Buena
    Vista Television.

    Main Roles and Responsibilities:

    Successfully manage multiple aspects of the Business and Legal Affairs
    operation by providing business, strategic, and Legal advice for multiple
    platforms and businesses including VOD, PPV, Pay TV, Broadband, Wireless,
    and Digital New Media. Other specific responsibilities will include:

    Working with the sales staff to draft and negotiate deals in traditional
    licensing, emerging technologies, and Digital New Media
    Maintaining a clear understanding of and ability to manage various rights
    issues related to the dissemination of content over multiple distribution
    Developing and negotiating strategic partnerships with traditional
    (cable, satellite) and New Media (telco‚s, ISP‚s) distributors for pay
    television content by means of PPV, VOD, SVOD, and new business models.
    Negotiating and implementing distribution agreements for content
    management and content protection requirements
    Spearheading the formulation of requirements for new Pay TV business
    models and protection of content in new delivery systems
    Participating in Legal „roundtables‰ regarding content protection and
    digital delivery
    Providing counsel to Corporate Legal and New Media regarding the MPAA‚s
    Content Protection Working Group‚s negotiations with the cable industry
    for the next generation delivery of Pay TV services

    The ideal candidate will possess a J.D.Degree and a minimum of 7-10 years
    of leadership experience in Business and Legal Affairs. Additional
    requirements include:

    Demonstrated ability in anticipating and exploring new business models
    and technology platforms in the areas of Broadband, VOD, Internet, Pay TV,
    Intellectual Property and Security
    Technical and Legal expertise to navigate new media deals while
    strategically anticipating opportunities in emerging technologies
    Mandatory Entertainment Industry experience in broadcast, cable, studio
    and/or a production company
    In depth deal making experience including exceptional drafting and strong
    negotiating skills.
    Ability to immediately assume a leadership role displaying excellent
    interpersonal skills with the ability to manage heavy contract volume
    Strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
    Expertise with clearance rules, licensing rules, and profit participation

    Additional Information
    Position Type: Full Time, Employee
    Job#: MONVPCS

    Contact Information
    ABC, Inc.

    Friday, April 01, 2005's been a while...

    Sorry....just trying to think about what the heck to use this for....ok, so I am going to post job listings I find. I am going to post stories about cases we all need to know about.....and I need your help. Write to me and I'll post your posts.....

    Tuesday, August 03, 2004

    Kerry vs. Bush

    I suspect BA types are generally blue staters, and so more for Kerry than Bush. Am I right?

    Business vs. Legal Affairs

    What defines the difference? Can you be a non-lawyer and be in business affairs these days? I used to work with a great guy who did all of the "SNL" and Conan O'Brien business affairs work and he wasn't a lawyer. But I suspect that is a dying breed, if not already dead.

    By the way, he died of a heart attack.