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Deputy General Counsel, G/O Media

G/O Media is currently looking for a Deputy General Counsel to provide day-to-day business affairs, legal affairs and editorial legal support for all of our properties --  Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jalopnik, Jezebel, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Splinter, The Onion, Clickhole, The A.V. Club and The Takeout.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Advise creative, development, and editorial teams on legal issues related to advertising, commerce and editorial
  • Structure, negotiate, draft and close a wide range of agreements --  including technology contracts, vendor agreements, production services agreements, content license agreements, talent agreements, location agreements and appearance releases
  • Advise on access and FOIA issues
  • Conduct prepublication reviews and copyright analysis for both editorial and advertising content
  • Advise on right of publicity questions
  • Working with clients, helping to achieve their business goals and be part of their teams, while operating independently and collaboratively

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience in media, advertising, entertainment or related business
  • A member of the New York Bar in good standing
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational and computer skills
  • Sound business judgment, strong work ethic, ability to make legal and business decisions
  • Substantial experience with commercial issues at a digital media company, network, production company or other media company or comparable experience at a law firm
  • Ability to handle multiple wide-ranging matters efficiently, to meet short deadlines and to learn new areas of expertise as business needs change
  • A passion for journalism or the media business overall

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted May 22, 2019


Clerkship, NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal seeks a recent law graduate for a full-time, one year clerkship with the Law Department's Content & Production Risk team. The individual in this position will assist with legal research and advice relating primarily to entertainment programming produced by or for NBCU and its divisions (including NBC, Cable Entertainment, Sports, and Telemundo). This is a non-exempt, temporary position paying $27 an hour at 40 hours per week. The position will last no more than 52 weeks.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research on issues that may arise relating to the production of both unscripted and scripted television shows.
  • Prepare case summaries and assist in preparation of best practices materials relating to content and production issues, including, without limitation, issues relating to copyright, idea theft, defamation, right of publicity, right of privacy, drones, casting, minors, competitions, hidden cameras, international production and regulatory issues.
  • Assist the reality participant diligence group to review participant applications; track and review background checks, medical checks, and psychological checks; interview potential participants; and report potential legal, eligibility, and public relations issues.
  • Address and respond to other matters at the direction of manager and NBCU lawyers.

Basic Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Experience in a professional legal role requiring strong analytic and organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
  • Strong legal research skills and technical proficiency with Westlaw and/or Lexis Nexis.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be willing to employed be Yoh Managed Staffing and assigned to NBCUniversal for the duration of the temporary assignment.
  • Must be willing to work in Universal City, CA.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

Desired Characteristics

  • Outstanding analytic and organizational skills.
  • Excellent judgment and common sense.
  • Able to effectively and efficiently determine overall project needs, organize project requirements into tasks, and prioritize multiple projects from multiple managers according to deadlines.
  • Flexibility/adaptability to manage multiple wide-ranging matters, conflicting deadlines, and new areas of expertise as business needs change.
  • Ability to work independently with company personnel and outside counsel and vendors.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • Prior experience working for a television network or television or film production company a plus.
  • Strong technical proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line Content & Production Risk Law Clerk Application.

Posted April 30, 2019


Knight/State & Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney Position

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking an attorney with at least seven years of litigation experience to lead a new program to provide direct legal services to support state and local journalism across the United States. Supported by a generous grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, this newly created senior staff attorney position represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop and oversee a new, mission-critical program at the Reporters Committee that will provide on-the-ground litigation and other legal support to journalists and news organizations in select cities around the country. The staff attorney will be responsible for successfully launching and overseeing the program, including directly supervising the work of what will be a growing team of attorneys located in different jurisdictions. The position will require a staff attorney with significant experience representing journalists and news organizations in litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters, as well as management/supervisory experience.

The position will be based in Washington, D.C., but will require frequent travel within the United States. The position will report to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing and successfully implementing a new program within the Reporters Committee to provide direct, on-the-ground legal services to support state and local journalism in select jurisdictions around the country, including managing jurisdiction-specific practice issues, identifying appropriate litigation and other projects to advance the goals of the program, setting performance benchmarks, and supervising the legal work of a growing number of attorneys located outside of Washington, D.C.;
  • Working with Reporters Committee attorneys on-the-ground in jurisdictions around the country to litigate cases involving access to court records/proceedings and issues arising under state freedom of information laws, including the drafting of pleadings, motions and briefs; arguing motions, and negotiating with opposing counsel;
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with law firms and partner organizations to advance the goals of the program;
  • Successfully integrating the program with the Reporters Committee's existing legal portfolio

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least seven years of litigation experience with a law firm, nonprofit organization, or legal department of a news media company. Must be a member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to be admitted to the D.C. Bar by motion.
  • Prior experience handling freedom of information, access to judicial records/proceedings, libel/defamation, and other news media matters is required. Prior experience providing pre-publication review/advice is strongly preferred.
  • Must have significant, demonstrated experience managing litigation and supervising less-experienced attorneys;
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Must have strong leadership skills and be able to simultaneously successfully develop and lead an innovative legal program and supervise the legal work of junior attorneys;
  • Must have good judgment and the highest level of professional integrity;

Our generous benefit package should also be considered. For this full-time position, RCFP offers:

  • A competitive annual base salary between $110,000 and $125,000, based on experience, with 3 weeks paid time off in addition to most federal holidays.
  • A retirement savings plan, including a 5% employer match from date of hire.
  • Comprehensive employer paid insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision, life and disability.
  • Ability to use pre-tax dollars for dependent care and commuting expenses.
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment.

The Reporters Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted April 17, 2019


Senior Counsel, NBCU News Group

Role Purpose:

This legal and business affairs attorney for the NBCUniversal News Group will handle production, licensing and digital deals and agreements for NBC News's production unit, Peacock Productions, MSNBC, and other news platforms within NBCUniversal. This attorney will focus on negotiating, drafting, and closing a varied and wide range of production, licensing and digital related transactions, including agreements with networks and third party production companies and licenses for both the sale and acquisition of content. The position will require close partnership with the development, production, finance, and operations groups within News.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal and business affairs support for the NBCUniversal News Group, including NBC News, MSNBC and other platforms, including digital, in the NBCUniversal News Group.
  • Negotiate and close development and production deals, draft development and production service agreements, talent agreements, licences and other production agreements, and interface with attorneys and agents for media companies and talent.
  • Manage renewals, amendments and terminations of various agreements.
  • Work on acquisitions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.
  • Identify and implement improvements to forms and processes.

Qualifications/Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Member of New York bar or other U.S. state bar
  • JD degree from accredited law school; strong academic credentials
  • Minimum 7+ years transactional experience, including legal and business affairs experience, at a media company or law firm.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered
  • Must be willing to work in New York, New York
  • Must be willing to work occasional weekends or overtime with short notice
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with unscripted, non-fiction, long-form programming at a production company, network or other media company or comparable experience at a law firm
  • Outstanding negotiation, drafting, communication and organizational skills
  • Sound business judgment, strong work ethic, ability to make legal and business decisions
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Flexibility/adaptability to manage multiple wide-ranging matters efficiently, to meet short deadlines and to learn new areas of expertise as business needs change
  • Ability to work well with clients, helping to achieve their business goals and be part of their teams, to work independently and collaboratively as part of a group of lawyers supporting News, and to work productively with counterparts to maintain ongoing business relationships
  • Ability to explain legal concepts and business risks to business executives and journalists

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted April 10, 2019


French Family Fellow, First Amendment Clinic - Cornell Law School

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, the French Family First Amendment Fellow will collaborate with the Director, Mark Jackson, and Assistant Director, Cortelyou Kenney, to support the management and activities of our newest clinical initiative, which formally launched in the spring semester of 2019. The Clinic focuses on two core First Amendment objectives: (1) litigating and supporting cases and other legal proceedings that further the cause of free speech, freedom of information, and aid the news-gathering process; and (2) cultivating a new group of diverse lawyers who are educated about the freedom of speech embodied in the First Amendment and prepared to pursue careers defending free speech principles.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide supervision to students in the Clinic, including feedback, mentoring, and training.
  • Manage ongoing cases, ensuring that the work is done in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with the organization and teaching of the Clinic, focusing on substantive knowledge of First Amendment doctrine and the litigation process, as well as effective legal writing, advocacy, and client relations skills.
  • Help develop the focus of cases the Clinic will work on, such as access to information, protection of sources and the news-gathering process, general libel and privacy defense, and digital information rights.
  • Collaborate with the Director and Assistant Director on programming to bring free speech issues to the broader Law School and University communities.
  • Support the research and writing of policy papers with the goal of influencing the public debate on free speech matters as well as amicus briefs in cases in which important free speech rights are at issue.
  • Help maintain relationships within the legal and journalism community, including regional (New York and surrounding states) news platforms and journalists, law firms and advocacy organizations that focus on free speech and related fields, and First Amendment clinics at other law schools.
  • Assist in managing the financial resources for the program, including monitoring financial activities and transactions.

This is a full-time position for a two-year term, and is benefits eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible based on performance and funding availability. The successful candidate will be expected to start between August 1 and August 15, 2019.

Requirements:

The French Family Fellow must be a law graduate, with practice experience and background in constitutional law or freedom of information laws. A clerkship or clerkships are desirable, but not required.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, a writing sample (should be an unedited or slightly edited brief or bench memo), and other significant supporting materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13544. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by June 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.

Posted April 9, 2019


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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
 
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
 
 
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