Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs
MLB Network - Secaucus, NJ

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Position Title: Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs

Position Reports To: Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs

Position Summary: T he MLB Network seeks a Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs with strong knowledge and understanding of legal and business issues related to media, and strong negotiation and drafting skills. The Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, will handle a variety of matters including confidentiality agreements, service agreements, software development/licensing agreements, certain talent agreements, certain affiliate distribution agreements, rights acquisition agreements, third party clearances and general contract matters across multiple platforms.

Responsibilities :
  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of agreements and assist with the administration and counseling of various departments on transactional and legal matters.
  • Oversee administration and compliance with standards and practices for day-to-day production related matters including analyzing, identifying and resolving any business or legal issues in creative content.
  • Track and summarize various agreement terms.
  • Advise various departments on interpretations of specific contract terms.
  • General contract review.
  • Support senior attorneys, as needed.
It is expected that the Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs will maintain and increase knowledge in media law as well as the business on an ongoing basis.

Skills & Experience : The ideal candidate must have most if not all of the following skills and experiences:
  • A minimum of two years legal experience in a media and/or entertainment transactional environment either in-house or with a law firm is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of contract, intellectual property, and general corporate law is required.
  • Experience and understanding of the legal and business aspects of the television and program production industries is preferred.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding drafting, analytical, and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals and groups both internally and externally.
  • Be extremely well organized, self-motivated, and demonstrate initiative and an ability to complete multiple assignments in an efficient, and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated success in building internal and external relationships.
  • Individual must work well in a dynamic environment and be able to recommend and implement process improvements, work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • The ability to effectively take on leadership roles in various functions is required.
  • A solid work ethic, resourceful nature, unquestionable integrity, and eagerness to take on new challenges in a demanding, fast paced environment.
  • Utilize Word, and Excel.

Education: Bachelor’s and J.D. are required.

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