VP – Business & Legal Affairs (Studios)

The Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs is responsible for managing business negotiations, and the drafting and negotiation of documentation, for a wide variety of programming and production transactions. In addition, this senior leadership role will provide advice and guidance on all production and legal issues for Discovery Studios.1. Manage and supervise one or more business affairs lawyers and contract managers in connection with Discovery Studios’ production deals and activities.
2. Assume responsibility for project negotiations and preparation of and documentation for, acquiring television product and other rights on an acquisition, co-production and commission basis for Discovery Studios.
3. Advise and support senior executives, sales, ad sales, and other management personnel on key business issues and legal matters.
4. Negotiate all business terms, including back-end participation and ancillary deal components such as home video rights for programming arrangements.
5. Draft and/or review programming development and production, co-production and acquisition agreements.
6. Negotiate all business terms, including back-end participation and ancillary deal components.
7. Administer and thoroughly coordinate all business issues, legal contracts and delivery of programs.
8. Assume accountability for deals under tight timelines while acquiring appropriate rights package within budgetary parameters.
9. Manage business practices in concert with network editorial/creative and production management.
10. Provide on-going business and legal advice to internal clients concerning production, broadcast clearance and other issues as needed.