Associate Director, Legal & Business Affairs
Warner Music Group
Los Angeles, CA
Director, Legal & Business Affairs
High Level Job Description : Under general supervision with latitude for independent judgment and decision making, participates in the legal and certain related financial and business operations and aspects of the Company, involving negotiations, deals or contracts affecting copyrights, licenses, royalties, fees, claims, settlement sand other related legal and/or business matters.
Detailed Job Description/ Responsibilities:
• Drafts publishing contracts including but not limited to co-publishing, administration, sub-publishing, purchase, finder, visual media licenses, and contracts related to the acquisition, exploitation and/or administration of music production libraries.
• Participates in the negotiation and signing of contracts with singers, songwriters, groups, publishers, producers, music production libraries, or other personnel as directed.
• Work closely with creative services team on non-traditional and music partnership deals with brands and media companies, as well as deals with songwriters in the non-traditional space (score composers, etc.)
• Provides legal counsel and guidance to the officers and directors of the Company as directed by supervisor and/or the Head of Legal & Business Affairs.
• Responsible for special projects as assigned by supervisor and/or the Head of Legal & Business Affairs, or other senior officers of the Company.
• Coordinates, confers and works with outside counsel, their respective staffs and principals, Corporate Legal Department, other Corporate Companies on legal and business matters concerning the Company.
• Reviews and makes recommendations on the payment of certain fees, royalties, copyrights, licenses, invoices, claims, and related financial matters.
• Makes recommendations to management on legal aspects of Company procedures, business relationships, communications and related matters, anticipating and guarding against legal risk.
• Works with other departments staff such as Copyright, Catalogue Development, Licensing, Royalty, IT, Creative and Print, on Company related matters.
• Makes recommendations on questions of law, codes, statutes, regulations and rulings affecting the operations of the Company.
• Attends Company staff meetings and prepares necessary and required reports as requested.
• Handles and safeguards confidential and proprietary information.
• Must be able to effectively communicate internally and/or externally in a manner consistent with the company's Code of Conduct and core values.
• Must be able to read and understand materials and documents and have the ability to recognize and extract critical data and information.
• Must be able to perform all diverse physical tasks necessary to complete all the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Must have general computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office with emphases in Word.
• Demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
• Knowledge of general business practices.
• Possess a strong work ethic.
• Strong organization skills with high attention to detail.
• Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
• Ability to adhere to deadlines and execute on tasks and handle multiple, diverse assignments.
• Produce quality work and be accountable.
• Manage time.
• Ability to work well in team.
• Demonstrate ability to be innovative and suggest change/improvements within scope of work.
• Anticipates needs and creates efficient and effective processes.
• Self-starter, self-motivated and takes responsibility/ownership of tasks.
• Thinks outside the box proactively, strategically and analytically.
• Consistently takes initiative; demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing situations.
• A baccalaureate degree including business related courses such as accounting, finance, business administration and management would be preferable, a graduate degree in law (LL.B. or JD), and State Bar Certification, California Certification preferred.
• Minimum Four (4) years of relevant professional legal experience; at least one (1) of which will have been with a law firm or corporate business in, or affiliated with, music publishing (preferably focusing on visual media transactions), engaged in legal and related business affairs operations such as, but not limited to, deal negotiations, drafting and administration of contracts, all aspects of copyright, licensing, fees, royalty payments, claims, etc;
• Or, a satisfactory equivalent of education, training and experience in related fields and/or educational disciplines, sufficient to qualify for the requirements of position.
Our Company is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national Origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, or any other legal recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. WMG will consider employment for qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box).
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville; Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.