Full Time Job

Senior Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs

The Mill

London, United Kingdom 08-05-2022
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world class services groups, coupled with research and innovation enable us to lead the market in delivering advanced video and audio services to content creators and distributors. Our commitment: supporting the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters, homes and on-the-go.

Through its Technicolor Creative Studios business unit, Technicolor offers a full set of leading services such as digital content production, video and sound postproduction, and immersive media experiences (such as AR/VR and multimedia installations), to film studios, advertisers, product brands and video game companies, among others.

This position within the company is for an attorney who will be responsible for supporting the daily legal needs of the advertising business units within Technicolor Creative Studios – primarily The Mill and MPC's studios in London, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. This position will report to the VP Business Affairs & General Counsel – Technicolor Creative Studios and works along-side two lawyers one based in the UK and the other in Los Angeles. This role has a strong and direct interface with senior management of the advertising business units, outside counsel, suppliers and customers.

Key Responsibilities:

Live-action and Post Production - working closely with our studios to draft and negotiate a range of contracts to secure strong commercial terms. This will involve responsibility and advice on IP, clearance, compliance and copyright matters to ensure all content is cleared for release into the public domain including:
• Live-action production services agreements with brands and agencies for shoots;
• Talent, location, music, director, agreements; and
• Post-production/visual effects services agreement with agencies and brands

Creative technology and experiential
• Working closely with emerging technology teams within our studios to negotiate and draft a range of contracts including development agreements and statements of work for app, website and virtual/ augmented reality and experiential for both agencies, but more commonly, direct to brands; and
• Responsible for guiding and supporting the business teams throughout the process from pre-production/concept stages to release to the public – this will involve advising on risks associated with use of third party and open source software; software and maintenance considerations; strong understanding of IP and ownership of source code and proprietary assets; plus, responsibility for copyright clearance matters.

IP and commercial
• Working closely with our studios to ensure strong licensing terms of proprietary content developed inhouse, namely original character designs and unique visual effects environments; and occasionally proprietary software and technology; and
• Working closely with our studios on creative and strategic partnership relationships with brands; and
• Ad hoc advising on litigation matters, including third-party claims, debt recovery, and managing of external lawyers.

• Responsibility for ensuring precedent agreements and guidance notes are up-to-date, together with rest of Advertising legal team;
• Training and providing seminars to our studio teams on key issues to look out for in their creation of content, whether in a broadcasting or tech platform; and
• Acting as a trusted advisor to the business for both legal and business issues that arise in the course of providing creative and tech services to our clients.
• Working with and supported by business affairs team to provide legal and business affairs support to US studios.
• Commercially minded with the ability to identify risks and opportunities to the business.
• Accountability for the UK Legal department

People management
• Operate as a line manager to other members of the Legal team, offering direction, coaching and mentoring on career development
• Setting personal/professional objectives through annual appraisals


Essential Job Requirements:
• Qualifications from a recognized law school.
• transactions in the media, advertising, entertainment or technology industries
• The preferred candidate will have spent time in both a law firm setting and an in-house setting.

Desirable experience
• Advertising/marketing legal clearance experience – gained in an advertising agency or brand.
• Understanding and experience of game design/development, AR/VR and/or multimedia installations a plus.
• Previous line management experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with internal business and technical teams and external contacts at all levels.
• Strong problem-solving and project management skills.
• Background and experience that will provide the ability to ''hit the ground running''.
• Client and service focus with the ability to work in a fast-moving, demanding environment.
• Excellent legal, written and verbal communication, analytical, judgment, organizational, and negotiation skills.
• Ability to successfully manage competing priorities and work independently on a wide range of tasks.
• Excellent judgment and strategic thinking on structuring transactions, solving complex problems, and developing solutions.
• High level of integrity, professionalism, and trust, including in dealing with complex and sensitive matters.
• Ability to meet or exceed deadlines, prioritize, multi-task, and maintain flexibility in fast-paced, changing environment.
• Ability to positively influence the behaviour of multiple stakeholders.
• Strong soft skills with the ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence.
• Excellent prioritisation skills, with the ability to delegate and manage departmental deadlines.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gp5o29-35-172-223-251-42 in your application.

Company Profile
The Mill

Technicolor is home to the world's premiere portfolio of visual effects brands, services, and creative innovations. With locations that span the globe, and service offerings tailored to the specific creative and storytelling needs of each project, we power premium content. Our diverse family of VFX brands includes: MPC, The Mill, MR. X, Mikros MPC Advertising, and Technicolor VFX. Each studio has their own unique approach to help storytellers create out of this world experiences.