• Senior Counsel - Production Clearances, Paramount Television

    Locations US-CA-Hollywood
    ID
    2019-11326
    Company
    Paramount Pictures
  • Overview and Responsibilities

    This position is responsible for managing the Production Clearances team within the Intellectual Property group and overseeing all clearances-related duties and processes at Paramount Pictures across all motion picture and television projects. 

     

    Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

    • Researching and analyzing complex questions regarding a wide array of legal issues, such as copyright, trademark, privacy, right of publicity, and defamation, related to the development, production, marketing, and distribution of motion picture and television projects.
    • Playing a central role, in conjunction with other members of the Intellectual Property group, in evaluating, implementing, and refining, as necessary, the Studio’s clearances-related policies, practices, and processes.
    • Managing and overseeing a team of clearances professionals tasked with making clearance-related determinations with respect to all motion picture and television projects at the Studio.  Team’s responsibilities include: (i) reviewing written and audio-visual material for clearance-related issues; (ii) evaluating investigative and research reports; (iii) coordinating third-party clearance requests; (iv) preparing and disseminating clearance indices and advertising/promotional restrictions memoranda, and providing guidance with respect thereto, to all relevant constituencies; and (v) serving as the primary clearances-related conduit to all film and television production teams.
    • Advising Studio executives, filmmakers, and showrunners, among others, on issues related to production clearances across all stages of development, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, publicity, and distribution.
    • Working closely with members of other groups within the Legal department with respect to clearance-related matters, such as the Motion Picture, Marketing, Home Entertainment, Paramount Television, Themed Entertainment, and Corporate legal teams.  
    • Representing the Studio externally regarding clearances-related requests, negotiations, and agreements (e.g., with third-party rightsholders and/or their representatives).
    • Communicating effectively with all levels of management and senior management within the Studio, and within Viacom more broadly, with respect to legal- and business-related risks, assessments, and determinations related to production clearances issues.
    • In coordination with other members of the Studio’s Intellectual Property group, helping manage intellectual property-related legal claims and disputes, including coordinating factual research, developing legal positions and strategies, and working with outside counsel and across business units as necessary.

    Basic Qualifications

    • BA/BS and JD degrees
    • Licensed to practice law in California (as Member of California State Bar or as California Registered In-House Counsel)
    • Minimum seven (7) years prior experience with intellectual property law and litigation, preferably in areas related to film or television

    Additional Qualifications

    • Prior intellectual property-related experience in the film and/or television industries, especially in areas related to production clearances, pre-release/pre-distribution content review, and production-related legal counseling
    • Extensive experience with and knowledge of copyright, trademark, defamation, right of publicity, and privacy law
    • Proven management abilities and skills
    • Team player with superior interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
    • Ability to exercise sound commercial and legal judgment, and to handle multiple matters simultaneously and independently
    • Proven negotiation skills
    • Proven ability to develop an intellectual property strategy
    • Motivated, focused, and well-organized with a demonstrated ability to work under tight time pressures

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