We have an exciting new position for a Senior Attorney to join our legal team, focussing on Media Distribution. This is a permanent role based in our Hammersmith office.
In summary the purpose of the role would focus on:
Legal/business negotiations on licensing deals for television, channels and channel carriage agreements;
Legal/business advisory on commercial/legal/regulatory issues arising from licensing deals;
Legal/business advisory in respect of commercial aspects of Disney’s DTC (direct-to-consumer) products including partnership arrangements with third party platform partners.
Draft and conclude content licence agreements, channel and on-demand services distribution agreements, format agreements, amendments and other legal documentation required by the business in Europe, Africa and Russia;
Liaise with the sales teams in London and local “in market” offices in relation to specific deals and to provide support and guidance;
Be the first point of contact for queries from finance, marketing and technical representatives within a specific territory group(s);
Strengthen internal and external relationships in ways that benefit the business.
Help to develop and maintain up-to-date templates for the full range of distribution agreements;
Provide leadership and guidance on the implementation of best practice for drafting and the negotiation of key deal terms;
Assist in monitoring the output of more junior lawyers and administration support colleagues;
Provide support to the regional digital team and assist in supporting global and regional accounts;
Work on specific projects from time to time to support the media distribution business’s initiatives with focus on DTC distribution.
Develop a solid understanding of the business’s and licensees’ expectations and negotiating position through effective utilisation of cross-functional expertise;
Work with sales team to structure, progress and support negotiation of agreements;
Draft and complete licence and distribution agreements within agreed timescales.
Other General Activities
Work effectively with departmental colleagues on a cross-functional and cross-territory basis;
Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and, where appropriate, take opportunities to share that knowledge with colleagues;
Foster a ‘continuous improvement’ culture, ensuring that policies and processes will protect the business.
Skills and Experience
English law professional qualification;
Ideally 5-10 years PQE;
Contract drafting and commercial law experience;
Television and/or digital media distribution and licensing experience;
Some experience of DTC/digital/OTT services preferable, ideally with an understanding of data privacy and consumer marketing concerns;
Mix of in house and private practice experienced preferred;
Understanding of negotiation and excellent contract drafting skills;
Ability to draft from scratch to address new and challenging issues;
Self-starter and self-supporting;
Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and manage a portfolio of contracts;
Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines;
Methodical, meticulous and with great attention to detail;
Accurate completion of agreements within agreed timelines;
Ability to communicate legal matters to non-legal audience (e.g. sales teams);
Interact well with people who have different backgrounds and work styles;
Listen and ask questions to ensure understanding;
Convey relevant information in a candid and timely manner.
Achieves high levels of customer satisfaction;
Analyses problems effectively and takes action to resolve;
Demonstrates flexibility in response to changes;
Supports productivity and morale of the team;
Strives for self-improvement;
Maintains composure under pressure;
Earns the trust and respect of colleagues and clients;