Full Time Job



Bristol, CT 03-02-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

The Counsel in ESPN's Legal Department will assist the Deputy Chief Counsel, Assistant Chief Counsel, Principal Counsel and other attorneys in handling the legal affairs and requirements of the corporation. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, production agreements, programming acquisitions, marketing and radio, as well as legal work related to various aspects of direct-to-consumer offerings.

• Maintains current knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and of industry legal standards and norms; analyzes how these might impact ESPN.
• Drafts contracts and other legal documents, recommends approval/modification of contracts proposed by outside parties, and negotiates with outside parties. Assists with/supports comparable tasks in other areas outside of core expertise/primary responsibility.
• Possesses and maintains (including through Department designated continuing legal education) knowledge in specialized legal areas, specifically in connection with: (1) content (including audiovisual programming, licensing and production); (2) intellectual property (copyright, trademark, rights of publicity); (3) marketing and promotion, (4) music licensing and/or (5) radio.
• Keeps internal clients fully informed of relevant legal issues and implications of their current operations and proposed actions, and advises them accordingly of risks and legal consequences of alternative actions.
• Reviews and edits significant policies, letters, work orders and other documents from applicable client departments to ensure that potential legal implications are appropriately addressed.
• Manages outside counsel in their representation of ESPN on litigation and other legal matters.
• May directly supervise, on a non-exclusive basis, one or more Paralegal and/or Administrative Legal Assistant colleagues.
• As requested by the Deputy Chief Counsel and/or Chief Counsel, participates in relevant professional associations, seminars, and conferences.
• Operates within the context of defined corporate strategies.
• Recommends and, with appropriate approvals, implements enhancements and improvements to established processes and workflows.
• Translates corporate strategy into mid- and long-term goals and the analysis and evaluation of trends in ESPN's legal positioning and compliance into recommended corporate actions.
• Performs such other duties or functions as the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel or an attorney reporting to either of them may delegate to her or him.
• Conceives and recommends strategies and initiatives to minimize the legal risks of current operations and proposed actions.

Basic Qualifications:
• At least 2 years of contract law experience, including extensive drafting, in either a transactional or litigation capacity

Preferred Qualifications:
• Familiarity with negotiating content agreements (including, by way of example only, audiovisual programming, licensing and production agreements) and intellectual property law (copyright, trademarks, rights of publicity)
• Familiarity with the entertainment, broadcast/cable, Internet, mobile and/or sports businesses
• Familiarity with music licensing and radio matters
• Familiarity with marketing matters
• Familiarity with audiovisual production legal work, including licensing of audiovisual content and data components
• Experience supervising paralegal/legal support staff

Required Education
• JD or equivalent
• Strong academic credentials
• Admission to Connecticut State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel.

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Company Profile

ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment entity featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.