NBC Universal Paralegal in London, United Kingdom
Job Number 34057BR
Job Title Paralegal
Business Segment Film
Sub-Business International Working Title
Posting Category Legal & Business Affairs
About Us Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Founded in 1983, Working Title has more than 100 films that have grossed over $6 billion worldwide. Its films have won 10 Academy Awards®, 36 BAFTA Awards and numerous prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. Bevan and Fellner have received numerous honours including the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and both have also been honoured with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire). Working Title has successful creative collaborations with filmmakers including the Coen Brothers, Richard Curtis, Paul Greengrass, Edgar Wright, Tom Hooper and actors Rowan Atkinson, Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson and Eddie Redmayne, among others. The company’s commercial and critical hits include Notting Hill, Fargo, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shaun of the Dead, Les Misérables, and most recently The Theory of Everything and recent releases Everest, Legend and The Danish Girl.
Career Level Experienced
Country United Kingdom
State/Province - -
The “business affairs” role within the department involves the lawyers negotiating and concluding deal terms for talent (e.g. writers, actors, producers, directors). “Business affairs” also encompasses the negotiation of rights deals with parties who own underlying rights in film projects, whether it’s the owner of film rights in a book or another film producer that owns rights in a project and wants to make the film with Working Title.
•Prepare contracts (e.g. draft certificates of engagement for writers, producers, directors, draft option agreements, turnaround letters and long form writing contracts) and deal summaries.
•Assist in the negotiation of clearance documentation and location agreements.
•Extract relevant contractual provisions for paid advertising summaries and cutting, editing and dubbing memos with ability to then explain / respond to any queries from marketing and/or post production.
•Prepare draft billing blocks, main titles, end rollers for each film.
•Update and manage the rights database for properties (e.g. novels, articles) that have been optioned by Working Title.
•Carry out research, summarising and extrapolating the salient points.
•General administrative duties (e.g. filing originals, registering screenplays at the copyright office).
•Act as a first point of contact for general day-to-day enquiries, and as a filter to facilitate answers to queries across all internal departments as needed.
•Completion of the LPC, ideally having achieved a commendation or distinction. However, consideration will be given to candidates with significant in-house business affairs experience and/or equivalent qualifications from another common law jurisdiction.
•Experience working within a media team of a law firm as a paralegal or solicitor or in-house experience at a major studio, distributor, production company, broadcaster or equivalent.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to interact with a range of personalities, and establish effective relationships internally and externally.
•Friendly, approachable and confident manner with a flexible can do attitude.
•Proactive and responsible team player, taking pride in the role.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment with a diverse and often heavy workload.
•Ability to identify, prioritise and manage urgent work assignments, and manage expectations in respect of other tasks.
•Ability to know when to ask for assistance and guidance from more senior members of the team.
•Highly organised and efficient with excellent attention to detail.
•Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint.
•Creative approach to problem solving.
•An enthusiasm for the entertainment industry and film in particular.
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