Legal Counsel – Maternity Cover

Job Title: Legal Counsel – Maternity Cover (Fixed Term Contract – 1 Year)
Department: Business and Legal Affairs
Reports to: Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
Location: London, UK

A leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture and television production, home entertainment, digital distribution, and international distribution and sales.

The role of Legal Counsel – Maternity Cover will report directly into the Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, responding to the demands of the UK business and the Business and Legal Affairs team. The ideal candidate will be a qualified lawyer with 4+ years PQE and has extensive legal experience (in a law firm or in-house) in film and television. The role requires excellent drafting skills, a proven track record of sharp attention to detail and organisational skills. It also requires a self-motivated individual who has willingness to learn with a great ability to remain resilient in the face of challenges.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and amending distribution agreements for Film and TV acquisitions, notices of assignment, Film and TV development agreements and television and digital license agreements;
  • Advising the business on the implications of contractual provisions including rights and holdback provisions and other issues arising from distribution agreements and other legal documents;
  • Reviewing, amending and approving music, footage and third-party licenses for Film and TV acquisitions, ensuring that the final delivered versions are fully cleared;
  • Drafting contract summaries from distribution agreements and notices of assignment to circulate within the business;
  • Reviewing, amending and approving chain of title documents for new Film and TV acquisitions;
  • Coordinating E&O insurance with external advisor and Production across Film and TV;
  • Reviewing and drafting legal documents such as clip licenses, cease and desist notices, turnaround letter agreements etc;
  • Reviewing and analysing contractual provisions to ensure that they reflect current practice and maintaining standard contract templates;
  • Advising on music, residuals and guild obligations;
  • Providing ad hoc assistance and guidance to publicity and marketing teams and other areas of the business; and
  • Ensuring all company policies and procedures are kept up to date as a result of changes in and to all applicable laws including bribery, anti-corruption, data protection etc.

Key Skills Required:

  • A media/entertainment lawyer with 4+ years PQE and considerable experience gained (in a law firm or in- house) in film and television – in particular, Film and Television acquisitions, development, finance, production, distribution and delivery;
  • Detailed understanding of contracts, distribution agreements, notices of assignment, development agreements and television and digital licenses agreements;
  • Ability to demonstrate experience in copyright, footage, music, licensing and distribution rights for Film and TV acquisitions;
  • Excellent drafting skills with the ability to convey the meaning of complex legal provisions and agreements to non-legal teams;
  • Experience in company policies and procedures and applicable laws, such as anti-bribery, anti corruption and data protection;
  • Hard working, highly organised and thorough with strong attention to detail as well as an ability to deliver consistent high-quality work;
  • Autonomous and readily assumes and takes on responsibility, self-motivated with the ability to work independently and use own initiative, good at problem solving, thrives on challenges and has a desire to be innovative to help drive Lionsgate business forward;
  • Good communication at all levels (verbal and written) as well as the ability to communicate in a succinct manner;
  • Quick learner who is willing to adapt/be flexible as necessary;
  • Good time management skills and the ability to manage a busy and varied workload on multiple projects simultaneously on tight deadlines;
  • Awareness of legal developments relevant to the business; and
  • Operate collaboratively with various areas of the business in the UK and international offices

Our objective is to source candidates who demonstrate our global values

Resourcefulness – We redefine what is possible.
Innovation – We challenge the status quo in order to foster bold thinking and outcomes.
Collaboration – We connect people and ideas to ensure all voices are heard.
Inclusiveness – We pursue and embrace diverse talent and perspectives.
Empowerment – We equip and entrust our people to cultivate growth and advance our mission.
Integrity – We respect all individuals and honour our commitments to one another              .