VP, Legal Affairs
Twentieth Century FoxLos Angeles, CA
Full Time Job
Vice President, Legal Affairs
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Twentieth Century Fox Television is looking for a television legal affairs executive for the studio's high
volume television productions (animation and live action, including the studio's music based series)
domestically and internationally for primarily network broadcast television. The ideal candidate will have
significant legal affairs experience in television production and development, including the drafting and
negotiation of development and production-related agreements and the clearance of television series.
Knowledge of music issues is a plus. This position will report to the Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs.
Key Responsibilities Include
• Draft and negotiate a high volume of television development and acquisition agreements, including literary rights agreements, overall agreements, and recurring actor agreements.
• Draft and negotiate a high volume of television production and post-production agreements, including production services agreements, location agreements, lease agreements, visual effects agreements,footage license agreements and main title agreements.
• Review and analyze scripts for potential legal clearance issues.
• Advise on legal issues in the areas of intellectual property law and guild agreements.
• Review and analyze audit participation claims and handle finalization of such claims.
• Analyze contracts in response to business questions and provide information as necessary, including music issues and soundtrack albums.
• Provide ongoing legal advice on strategic and complex matters around production, clearance and other issues.
• Provide legal advice regarding marketing and promotional activities.
• Supervise and train junior attorneys.
• Supervise outside counsel (immigration, etc.) as and when needed.
• Take the lead on review and negotiation of agreements with the studio's outside vendor for below-the-line payroll services on all series on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox 21Television Studios.
• Take the lead on review and negotiation of agreements with the studio's outside vendor for production equipment rentals on all series on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, FX, and Fox Studio Operations.
• Take the lead on any other agreements for various departments of the studio (e.g., Publicity events).
The successful candidate will possess at least 10 years of experience directly related to the development and
production of scripted series at a television production company. Legal music experience is a plus.
Ability to handle complex series, including music-based series. Should be comfortable analyzing issues of
copyright, right of publicity and other intellectual property issues, labor issues, and risk management issues.
Willing to tackle matters outside area of expertise. Detailed oriented, excellent drafting and negotiating skills,
strong communication skills, ability to work under deadlines, and creative problem-solving abilities. Ability to
develop excellent working relationships with personnel on the productions. Strong work ethic.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.
OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY
20th Century Fox Television
A 21st Century Fox company, Twentieth Century Fox Television is one of the industry's most prolific suppliers of primetime television programming and entertainment content, including this year's broadcast sensation and NBC's No. 1 series This is Us from Dan Fogelman; Fox's No. 1 series, Empire, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer; ABC's No. 1 series and five-time Emmy Award-winning blockbuster comedy Modern Family from Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd; FX's No. 1 series American Horror Story from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; the critically acclaimed new comedy hit Speechless; The Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte; and the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television, The Simpsons.