Paralegal, Legal & Business Affairs (Silver Spring, MD/New York, NY)

by arjohnsontvone

March 31, 2022

SUMMARY:

The Business and Legal Affairs department of TV One is seeking an initiative-taking and business-minded individual to join the in-house Legal and Business Affairs team. The Paralegal will work as a core member of our team, interfacing with TV One’s Marketing, Programming & Production, Operations and Content Distribution departments. This position reports directly to the SVP of Legal and Business Affairs.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the drafting, negotiation, and preparation of various agreements (e.g., independent contractor agreements, location and on camera releases, consulting agreements, and agreements related to marketing endeavors including branded and custom content related agreements)
  • Assist attorneys with review of marketing promotions, press releases, websites, and social media content for compliance with rights of privacy/rights of publicity, license agreements, and corporate guidelines
  • Understand the material implications of TV One’s agreements and demonstrate the ability to explain these implications
  • Continually assist in the management of TV One’s contract workflow to identify efficiencies and facilitate timely execution of agreements
  • Assist with the management and review of legal production deliverables from third party producers
  • Compile and distribute summary of rights to Marketing, Public Relations, network executives, Content Distribution, and other internal teams
  • Maintain accurate and organized files for the Legal and Business Affairs team
  • Monitor platforms for infringement of TV One’s trademarks and copyrighted materials; issue take-down requests and escalate issues as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with department’s legal personnel, rights clearance department and administrative staff in the development of processes and procedures designed to increase efficiency and improve the service provided to organization
  • As requested, conduct pre-publication review of programming, and marketing materials to ensure compliance with network’s content standards, federal regulations, IP rights, rights of privacy/publicity, and/or defamation laws
  • Perform other related duties and projects as assigned by the Legal and Business Affairs team, including support of digital and linear content team initiatives

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • At least two years of direct entertainment/media business, contracts, or production experience, at a law firm, network, studio, production company, or event management firm; experience with scripted and unscripted programming, a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, which will enable the candidate foster relationships with people at various levels (including agents, networks executives, content creators, producers, on-camera talent, attorneys, and in-house client divisions) in a fast-paced business environment
  • Must be able to build strong internal client relationships, effectively advise senior-level executives under conditions of uncertainty, high pressure and/or high-risk and generate strong client satisfaction through strategic thinking and firm decision-making
  • Robust Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, DocuSign and Adobe Acrobat skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail; must be skilled in reading, summarizing, and interpreting contracts and tracking important deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize numerous assignments with a service-oriented attitude coupled with a team approach,
  • Have a strong desire to learn the business and function integrally as part of an interdisciplinary team with an uncompromising focus on both minimizing legal risk while driving business growth and delivering a high level of customer service
  • Positive demeanor, with a willingness to tackle matters outside of areas of expertise
  • Complies with Network and Urban One’s mandatory trainings and adheres to related course deadlines.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Associate degree in Paralegal Studies or related field required; Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies or related field preferred. Paralegal certificate required or other credential evidencing satisfactory completion of paralegal studies program.

 

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