Senior Counsel / Vice President, US Legal Affairs, International Studi



Job Title

Senior Counsel / Vice President, US Legal Affairs, International Studi

Business Segment



The NBCUniversal Global Distribution & International’s business focuses on global television distribution of all our NBCU and DreamWorks content through a complex distribution cycle and varied platforms for circulation. This is in addition to the growth, revenue and new product created via the international channels and international television studios businesses.
All our businesses are growing double digits as we continue to develop our traditional businesses while investing in more direct to consumer initiatives such as hayu. We want to lead the way in entertainment and captivate our global audiences. NBCUniversal Global Distribution & International is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.

About International Studios
International Studios delivers award-winning international television to millions across the globe. Based in London, NBCUniversal International Studios’ in-house production labels include: Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures.
Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television and Heyday Television, owns an equity stake in LARK Productions in Canada (Motive) and has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker and 87 Films. It also operates a prolific global formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide.

Role Purpose
  This role will handle day to day legal affairs for all of International Studio’s US television development and production (including providing legal affairs support for Working Title Television (US) and Heydey Television (US)) the international production businesses in their US legal concerns as well as supporting NBCU’s format licensing arrangements. The role reports to International Studios’ Senior Legal and Commercial Officer presently based in London.


The primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Acting as the principal legal affairs contact on all day-to-day issues that arise in International Studios US scripted and non-scripted television development and production activities including acting as the production lawyer as necessary on US productions  
  • Working closely with International Studio’s US business affairs executives in negotiating and drafting development and commissioning agreements with broadcasters, platforms and other financiers as well as co-production and production services agreements
  • Providing effective support to International Studio’s US business affairs executives  in drafting and negotiating talent agreements as are customary in the US television industry including writers agreements, literary option purchase agreements, if/come and producer agreements
  • Acting as an effective liaison between International Studio’s US business affairs executives and the NBCU and external legal communities
  • Building strong relationships with NBCU’s sister studios and distribution businesses in particular the legal affairs teams at Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions
  • Analyzing and advising on scripted talent agreements in respect of international format licensing opportunities for existing NBCU programs
  • Providing proactive, timely and thoughtful advice on underlying rights clearance, chain of title, copyright and other intellectual property matters
  • Liaising with and building up strong working relationship with the NBCUniversal rights team to provide thoughtful, constructive and timely advice to the International Studios business units with rights availability enquiries
  • Performing such other legal affairs-related tasks as needed and assigned by the Senior Legal and Commercial Officer 

Job Number


Posting Category

Legal & Business Affairs


United States


Corporate Legal

About Us

At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU. Here you can create the extraordinary. Join us.



Career Level



Basic Qualifications

Minimum 8+ years of experience working in transactional entertainment law with a strong preference for experience in scripted and non-scripted television production
Juris Doctor (JD) required and active membership in the California State Bar preferred

Eligibility Requirements
Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through to be considered
Must be willing to work in Universal City, CA
Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

Desired Characteristics

Desired CharacteristicsThe ideal candidate will also possess the following attributes:

In-depth knowledge of the television industry with a proven track record of problem solving legal expertise
Excellent negotiating skills and a strong strategist who is able to present, develop and guide negotiations through to closure
A persuasive communicator with a vision; proven ability to self-motivate, work independently as well as collaboratively
Superior organizational and communication skills, exceptional ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Expertise in non-scripted television production and experience of working in-house is essential
A strong background in copyright and other intellectual property law
An ability to interact with a range of personalities and styles and be able to establish effective relationships at all levels of the organisation.
A problem-solving approach with proven ability to negotiate to a high level of competency
Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment with diverse and often heavy workload.
Ability to recognise and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations
Confident, concise and persuasive verbal and written communication skills
Ethical and responsible
Resourceful, outgoing, intellectually curious and eager to take on new challenges in a demanding environment


Universal City


NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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