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Legal Counsel - Business & Legal Affairs

Organization: First Look Media
Date Posted: 9/19/2018
City: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: Misc

Description & Details

The Role:

First Look Media is seeking a thoughtful, proactive, energetic attorney with 2-3 years of entertainment law experience to join the in-house Business & Legal Affairs Team.  You will provide day-to-day business & legal affairs advice and counsel for a fast-growing multi-faceted media company, that includes digital video and editorial publication platforms, as well as a growing digital, television, film, and podcast studio.


  • Draft and negotiate agreements for all aspects of digital video and podcast development, production, and distribution, including option-purchase and other rights acquisitions agreements, writer agreements, talent and crew agreements, and production services agreements
  • Draft and negotiate video license and acquisitions agreements
  • Provide day-to-date legal oversight and advice on all aspects of digital, TV, film, and podcast production, including without limitation, appearance releases, archival releases, music licenses, and location agreements; make informed judgment calls with respect to licensing and fair use; advise on guild and insurance-related issues
  • Review videos and essays prior to publication to flag any potential issues as related to IP, rights of privacy and publicity, and defamation
  • Draft and negotiate agreements for written content on First Look’s websites and social media channels
  • Draft and negotiate independent contractor agreements
  • Review and negotiate various vendor, service provider, and event agreements
  • Direct communication with all First Look departments (including Programming, Production, Distribution, Editorial, Marketing, Social Media, Finance, and HR), First Look’s outside counsel, third party filmmakers and artists, and opposing counsel and agents

Background & Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of direct entertainment/media contracts experience is required, at a law firm, network, studio, or production company
  • Member of the bar (NY, CA, or a different state)
  • Drafting experience and familiarity with entertainment law and contracts, preferably including digital video development and production agreements
  • Experience and familiarity with production legal work, including but not limited to talent agreements, director and crew agreements, and rights and clearances
  • Ability to independently handle matters from inception to completion
  • Excellent contract drafting skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be comfortable negotiating directly with opposing counsel and agents
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills; must be able to handle a varied and high-volume workload and to multi-task under pressure
  • Positive, can-do, team-player attitude; no job is too large or too small
  • Must be resourceful and proactive
  • Strong interest in and enthusiasm for First Look’s business and the entertainment and media business more broadly

The Company:

A bold, independent spirit defines everything we do at First Look Media – from journalism that holds the powerful accountable, to arts & entertainment that shapes our culture. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture. 

From The Intercept, dedicated to fearless, adversarial journalism to Topic, our Academy Award™-winning (Spotlight) entertainment studio, we develop, produce and finance content for all screens including feature films, television, digital series and podcasts. First Look is also home to Field of Vision, the filmmaker-driven documentary unit, and the Nib, a site for the most provocative satirical and political comics.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.  

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