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Legal and Business Affairs Manager (5mth FTC)

  • Channel 4
  • 3100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
  • 13/10/2021

Job Description

Job Title: Legal and Business Affairs Manager - Non-scripted (5mth FTC)
Reports to: Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager
Department: Legal and Business Affairs, Commercial Affairs
Location: London or Leeds

Commercial Affairs is responsible for the financial, legal and business aspects of Channel 4’s content supply, and is tasked with negotiating all contractual, financial and other deal terms between Channel 4 and content suppliers. 
Working in conjunction with Paralegals and/or other Legal and Business Affairs Managers, and alongside  Production Finance Managers, this post is primarily responsible for delivering a comprehensive Legal and Business Affairs service to a number of programme departments and digital teams commissioning in the field of non-scripted content.

To provide legal and business affairs support to Commissioning across multiple non-scripted genres in relation to content supply by producers across Channel 4.

  • Providing full legal and business support to linear, digital and online commissioning teams including advising on and being involved in negotiating and concluding commissioning, licence, pre-purchase, development, option, talent, online, digital and cross-platform agreements and terms and conditions, competitions and requests for proposals/tenders on behalf of C4.
  • Handling all legal, business and contractual matters (including chain of title, underlying rights, distribution and clearance issues) in the relevant commissioning areas as well as department and channel wide projects and initiatives.
  • Advising generally on legal and commercial matters and otherwise supporting relevant commissioning teams including managing and conducting successful negotiations with suppliers/producers and other third parties as appropriate.
  • Preparing paperwork for and participating in Local Programme Finance Committee meetings, Business Approval Board and Slate meetings as required together with attending commissioning, digital and online project team meetings.
  • Routine review with staff within Commercial Affairs of system reporting (e.g. outstanding contracts report, speed of turnaround of draft contracts etc).
  • Ensuring that relevant system information is kept up to date.

Technical & Professional Skills
  • Minimum 0-2 years PQE commercial lawyer or with extensive in house relevant legal and business experience in the media/entertainment sector.
  • Good knowledge of digital, online and linear television commercial contracts and underlying rights and clearance issues including option, development, production, syndication, competition agreements and digital and online terms and conditions.
  • Good understanding of copyright licensing and law as it applies to media/entertainment businesses.
  • Sound knowledge of the current regulatory environment including the Communications Act and broadcasters’ terms of trade.
  • Awareness and understanding of digital/online technology and business developments and allied commercial affairs issues including apps, social media and video on demand.
  • Ability to use in house information and technology systems.
  • Excellent negotiation and drafting skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Adaptable and able to work on a variety of matters at any one time.
  • Proactive with the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • A good working knowledge of programme finance.
Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to be able to prioritise and manage a high-volume workload and work efficiently and autonomously.
  • Confident and able to negotiate a contract all the way to execution stage making decisions on appropriate action and must be able to judge when to escalate to manager.
Managing Resources
  • Ability to manage and supervise junior team members.
Relationship Management
  • Sensitivity to talent issues and ability to maintain good relationships with suppliers.
  • Must work with a variety of internal and external relationships, must be able to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to explain and interpret complex information within peer group, own team and across departments so that there is a common level of understanding.
  • Potentially handles conflicting viewpoints and gains consensus in order to balance the wishes of Channel 4 with those of the third parties.
Complexity/Problem Solving
  • Imaginative problem-solving skills across a range of key commercial and legal issues.