NBC Universal Senior Legal Counsel - Acquisitions and Production in London, United Kingdom

Job Number 41216BR

Job Title Senior Legal Counsel - Acquisitions and Production

Business Segment Filmed Entertainment Group

Sub-Business International UPHE

Posting Category Legal & Business Affairs

About Us Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is the global home entertainment division of Universal Pictures, headquartered in Los Angeles and headed by President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment, Eddie Cunningham. UPHE markets and distributes all Universal Pictures new release and catalogue content, as well as distributing content for other studios including Paramount, Sony and StudioCanal. The Company also has a significant business in locally produced and acquired content across film, TV and special interest. UPHE distributes through its own operations in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, Luxembourg, Italy and New Zealand and through a variety of distribution partnerships with other studios in Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.  UPHE covers another 55 territories through a network of local licensees. UPHE is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.

Country United Kingdom

State - -

City London



Job Description

Responsibilities will include in-depth involvement in all legal and business affairs aspects of the Production and Acquisitions group business including:

• Structuring, negotiating, drafting and reviewing acquisition, pre-buy, co-production, co-financing, and commissioning agreements including experience of all aspects of production finance including NOAs, IPAs, security agreements, tax and other incentive arrangements across all genres, rights and territories

• Negotiating, drafting and reviewing development, first-look and talent agreements

• Providing support for our in-house production projects, including concluding above-the-line, crew, location and production services agreements

• Working closely with commercial colleagues to devise and implement optimal negotiation strategy and deal structures

• Understanding revenue generation models for Studio content and in particular, understanding licensing and “windowing” arrangements across international markets

• Being responsible for acquisition and production related disputes and litigation and instructing and managing internal and external litigation counsel as required

Desired Skills and Qualifications

• A lawyer qualified in the UK or another common law jurisdiction, with significant post-qualification experience, preferably including both in-house business affairs experience as well as in private practice

• Expertise within the media industry and a strong background in copyright and other intellectual property law, with capability of advising on a wide range of legal matters including contract, commercial, litigation and company law beneficial

• Solid experience at a top law firm, major Studio, production company, broadcaster or distributor handling film and/or television legal and business affairs matters

• An ability to interact with a range of personalities and styles and be able to establish effective relationships at all levels and respond effectively and timely to demanding internal clients and external partners


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