Director Business Affairs
ShowtimeWest Hollywood, CA
Full Time Job
Director Business Affairs, Showtime Networks
Overview and Responsibilities:
Our Business Affairs team is looking for a Director to join the team! Reporting to the SVP, 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 support the Business Affairs SVPs on their projects as well as miscellaneous work for the EVP, Business Affairs. The Director will be responsible for providing legal advice in areas related to his/her projects such as labor, ancillary rights, contracts, production, clearances, oversight of the administration ancillary to contractual obligations, etc.
The Director will support the team on development projects, primarily by drafting and administering agreements for any deals made for rights, writers, producers, directors and actors in connection with the development and production of Original Programming. The individual must be able to synthesize complex deal points and reduce them to clear, effective contract language.
The successful candidate will have the ability to anticipate the practical implication for development, production and marketing of provisions requested by talent representatives is significant, as is the ability to interact seamlessly with and acquire input from executives in the creative, production, business affairs administration and finance departments.
Assist with ongoing productions, including clearance, production legal supervision, above-the-line labor issues, actor test options and writing staff deals. They will also assist with rights inquiries, quitclaims, marketing inquiries and collecting 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 Senior VPs or the EVP. The individual must be a good judge of the relative urgency of myriad production and clearance issues.
• JD is required.
• A strong background in contract law, intellectual property law, tort law, media law and constitutional first amendment law.
• Must have a minimum of two years' experience in either motion picture/television legal affairs with a good understanding of the television industry, with a focus on premium television.
• Strong drafting skills.
• Strong management and interpersonal skills. Ability to interact with senior management.
• Must be able to utilize knowledge and experience to exercise sound business judgment and make independent decisions.
• Familiarity with different forms of exhibition and licensing in the digital arena is desired.