VP, Business & Legal Affairs - Entertainment

Practice Areas: Entertainment Job #: R0004710 Exp.: 10+ Years
Description:
Role Summary:
The Vice President (VP), Business & Legal Affairs - Entertainment will manage all phases of legal advice for the Television, Studios, Digital, and Music divisions/functions of WWE (including negotiating and drafting all agreements related to television and content production/programming deals, as well as overseeing music-related deals and arrangements).

Key Responsibilities:
  • Negotiate, draft, administer, and close all requested deals (production, celebrities, musical acts, etc.) in connection with Television, Studios, Digital, and Music.
  • Maintain ongoing, positive relationships with internal and external business partners.
  • Stay abreast of market and industry trends in the various entertainment sectors.
  • Negotiate and draft contracts with support crew, appearance agreements, music licenses, development and production agreements, clearance agreements, clip/footage licenses, copyright and trademark issues.
  • Provide all necessary assistance for related ongoing entertainment litigation.
  • Work collaboratively with other functional areas in WWE’s Business & Legal Affairs team, including Intellectual Property, Government Affairs, International, and Corporate.
  • Maintain a direct and open relationship with Television, Studios, Digital, and Music departments; provide exemplary legal support and counsel for all related matters.
  • Supervise and assist in managing shared paralegal resources.

Qualifications:
The successful Vice President (VP), Business & Legal Affairs - Entertainment will be seasoned and experienced and must specifically excel in high visibility, high stress, and “roll up your sleeves” environments. He/She will have served in a similar role within a media, sports, television production, or live events company and will also have a proven track record of skillfully navigating deals and successfully negotiating on behalf of a company.

In addition, we seek:
  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience as a practicing entertainment lawyer, preferably including both company-side and law firm practices.
  • Leadership and managerial experience with a company engaged in the entertainment, media or sports industries strongly desired.
  • Significant experience negotiating and crafting production, licensing, and other commercial agreements, specifically in entertainment or media.
  • Experience working on agreements for pay cable networks, basic cable networks, SVOD platforms (like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.) in connection with scripted and unscripted programming.
  • Strong and effective negotiating skills and excellent drafting skills.
  • Detail-oriented and demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • International experience a plus with the capability of bringing a global, multi-cultural perspective; experience working on cross-border transactions and joint ventures, television production, licensing and rights issues also of value.
  • The successful candidate should hold a law degree from a well-regarded American law school.

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