Director, Business AffairsApply
Reporting to the EVP, Business Affairs, the individual in this position will negotiate and draft agreements for Showtime’s original programs as more fully set forth below. The individual initially will not have primary responsibility for development projects and on air original programming, but will work under the immediate supervision of the existing Business Affairs SVPs on their projects as well as miscellaneous work for the EVP, Business Affairs.
The individual will be responsible for providing legal advice in areas related to his/her projects such as labor, ancillary rights, clearances, oversight of the administration ancillary to contractual obligations, etc. and will be expected to:
- Assist existing Business Affairs SVPs on development projects, primarily by drafting agreements for deals made by such existing SVPs for rights, writers, producers, directors and actors in connection with the development and production of Original Programming.
- Synthesize complex deal points and reduce them to clear, effective contract language.
- nticipate the practical implication for production and marketing of provisions requested by talent representatives is important
- Interact seamlessly with and obtain input from executives in the creative, production, business affairs administration and finance departments.
- Assist SVP’s on on-going productions, including clearance, above-the-line labor issues, actor test options and writing staff deals.
- Assist EVP Business Affairs with rights inquiries, quitclaims, marketing inquiries and gathering information for other departments.
- The individual is responsible for knowing company legal policy on a significant number of different transactions and determining whether accommodating talent asks would violate policy.
- The individual must be able to determine which accommodations require further input from existing Senior VPs or the EVP.
- The individual must be a good judge of the relative urgency of myriad production and clearance issues.
Candidate must have a strong background in contract law, intellectual property law, tort law, media law and constitutional first amendment law.
Applicant must also have a good understanding of the television industry, with a focus on premium television. Familiarity with different forms of exhibition and licensing in the digital arena is desired.
Additionally, applicant must have strong drafting, management, and communication skills. Ability to interact with senior management.
Must be able to utilize knowledge and experience to exercise sound business judgment and make independent decisions.
Must have a minimum of two to four years experience (and preferably with experience in either motion picture/television legal affairs). Will also consider candidates with no motion picture or television experience, but very strong academic and law firm experience who want to get into the entertainment industry. JD is required, preferably from a top-tier law school.