Vice President, Law Programming

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Full Time St Louis, Missouri Posted 06/27/2022 Business unit: Corporate - CCL - CORPL Areas of interest: Leadership, Legal Requisition Number: 310943BR-2 XLG001
Reporting to Group Vice President – Law, Programming, the VP – Law, Programming will serve as a senior-level in-house legal counsel responsible for programming and content licensing matters at the nation’s third-largest pay television supplier. This role assists in the overall management of the business and legal affairs of the company’s programming acquisition function. The VP – Law, Programming will negotiate and draft complex retransmission consent and affiliation agreements involving hundreds of millions of dollars with cable networks, broadcast stations, studios and other content providers. The position also will involve advising senior executives in Programming Acquisition on a wide-range of legal issues relating to programming, including copyright and federal regulations.

Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience.

Oversee legal aspects of highly complex and multifaceted programming transactions with major programming providers, including negotiating, drafting and overseeing administration of company rights and obligations with respect to nationally distributed broadcast and cable programming services and television broadcast stations on traditional and new media (e.g., TVE, OTT) platforms, both linear and on-demand. Provide advice and guidance to executives in Programming Acquisition and Product on the legal interpretation of the company’s agreements with programmers.

Negotiate, draft, review, revise and approve retransmission consent contracts for carriage of broadcast television stations and advise on “must carry” regulatory issues. Advise Compliance team regarding various broadcast regulations (network non dupe, syndex, etc.).

Provide strategic advice and expert guidance to executives in Programming Acquisition and Product on policy, legal and business implications of programmer contracts and relationships, as well as a wide variety of copyright and other legal issues implicated by distribution of content over existing and new technology platforms. Such advice and guidance will require a solid understanding of FCC regulations governing the distribution of video content over various platforms.

Develop and recommend company policy and positions on legal issues and process relating to programming.

Provide counsel on issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits relating to programming matters.

Support GVP - Law, Programming in managing Law, Programming group; meet regularly with and advise GVP - Law, Programming regarding status and priority of the group’s matters and allocation of deal work.

Manage outside counsel.

Perform other duties as required.

Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Ability to run deals involving multiple, highly complex sets of agreements.
  • Strong legal reasoning and drafting skills
  • Ability to make decisions and creatively solve problems while working under pressure
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time and shift gears as priorities change
  • Ability to work well with a team, including cross-functionally
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and straight-forward manner with all levels of management and company personnel
  • Excellent managerial, motivating and interpersonal skills
  • Must have solid background in copyright law, be forward-looking, and be comfortable with broadcast television and new media issues.

Law Degree

Related Work Experience- Number of Years
Top-tier law firm and/or as an in-house lawyer in television networks
distribution or in MVPD industry experience- 10+
Experience in copyright law- 5+

Full-time from Stamford, CT headquarters XLG001 310943-2 310943BR

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