Full Time Job

Sr. Counsel, Bla, Legal

Warner Bros. Discovery

London, United Kingdom 06-27-2024
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff dreams are made of.

Who We Are…

When we say, ''the stuff dreams are made of,'' we're not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD's vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, the creators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what's next…

From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.

Your New Role…

This role will primarily support the GAS, Benelux and Nordic markets but may also cover other territories. WBD seeks an enthusiastic, and motivated team player to work within all commercial and legal aspects of WBD's content commission, co-production, acquisition and talent deals for WBD's products with a focus on supporting the GAS, Benelux and Nordic markets. This position involves working closely with the editorial teams and collaborating with other departments to ensure delivery of compliant content that WBD can exploit and promote worldwide. Production or commissioning experience is essential. Extensive contacts amongst programme producers and distributors would be an advantage.

Your Role Accountabilities…
• Negotiate commercial and legal terms relating to the acquisition, commissioning and co-production of content for WBD's platforms and channels.
• Establish, maintain and develop close working relationships with key internal clients including but not limited to the content and production teams, acquisition and digital teams.
• Format, draft, and negotiate programming agreements such as development, acquisition, commission, co-production, format and licensing agreements and associated agreements such as distribution agreements, talent agreements, location and participant release agreements
• Establish, maintain and develop relationships with key content suppliers.
• Provide market intelligence research and support for business initiatives as directed.
• Provide on-going general business and legal advice to internal clients concerning production, broadcast clearance, copyright and other intellectual property and content-related issues, as they arise.
• Troubleshoot various programming business and legal issues, including drafting responses to claim letters, drafting delay notification letters, termination agreements, assisting with pre-publication review and legal compliance content review, and liaising internally and externally as appropriate regarding high exposure rights clearances.
• Updating the department's template agreements.
• Revise and update DEAL database and such other information tracking mechanisms in use within the business.
• Supporting other company business initiatives as directed.

Qualifications & Experience…
• Technically proficient lawyer – needs to have excellent understanding of contract and media law and excellent drafting skills.
• Qualified lawyer required with at least 4+ years PQE or equivalent negotiating experience working in business affairs in the entertainment industry.
• Extensive contacts with programme producers, distributors and broadcasters.
• Ability to work autonomously on complex deals and to own key internal commercial relationships.
• Good negotiation skills.
• Flexible and pro-active approach to work
• Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to work effectively at all levels within the company.
• Clear and concise communicator (both orally and written).
• Well organised and attention to detail: this role requires focus and energy.
• Good commercial knowledge and common sense essential.
• Professional: calm under pressure, clear thinking, well organised, proactive and grasps concepts quickly.
• A good team player, and have flexible, hands-on approach.
• Has the maturity and foresight to keep the VP informed on workload and escalating issues to them where risk is high in deals being worked on.
• Ability to manage own time judiciously and deal effectively with competing interests.
• Confident, sociable and ability to interact with clients from different cultures and backgrounds.
• Relationship management
• Commercial - curious about the business and actively contributes to discussions
• Willing to challenge and debate issues that matter
• Clear thinking - willing to make sound and prompt decisions
• Role models WBD values

Hybrid Working - This role is advertised as a Hybrid work model, that combines remote and in-office work, following our current company policy and to be agreed with your Line Manager. Subject to any applicable laws, WBD / your Line Manager reserves the right to change this working agreement where this is essential to business needs and upon reasonable notice to you.

Championing Inclusion at WBD
Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability or any other category protected by law.

If you're a qualified candidate and you require adjustments or accommodations to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please contact us at

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r1mn5v-3-238-121-7-42 in your application.