Paralegal, Scripted (London)

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Job Summary

Reference CA0036
Location Channel 4, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX
Salary Competitive 
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 11 November 2019 at Midnight

Job Title: Paralegal
Reports to: Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager
Department: Business Affairs, Commercial Affairs
Location: London

Commercial Affairs is responsible for the financial, legal and business aspects of Channel 4’s content supply, and is tasked with negotiating all contractual, financial
and other deal terms between Channel 4 and content suppliers.

Reporting to a Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager and a Legal and Business Affairs Manager, this post is primarily responsible for delivering a comprehensive
Legal and Business Affairs service to the scripted programme departments being the genres of Drama and Comedy.

• Working under the supervision of a Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager and a Legal and Business Affairs Manager, drafting contracts and amendments (ensuring
these accurately reflect deal terms) together with negotiating and concluding agreements
• Assisting with all legal and contractual matters (including chain of title and clearance issues) in the scripted genre areas as well as department and channel wide projects
• Assisting with strategic development issues and assessment of financial and legal risks
• Dealing with all online and cross platform aspects of projects (together with accompanying rights and clearance issues) and liaising with the relevant internal departments
• Preparing, administering and monitoring local PFC and BAB paperwork (including actioning minutes) and status lists
• Checking documentation received, including PACS to trigger and authorise payments
• Managing and assisting with the preparation and administration of a large volume of a wide range of contract types from inception to completion
• Attending commissioning and legal routines and other meetings (external and internal)
• Assisting with the routine review of system reporting within commercial affairs (e.g. outstanding contracts report, speed of turnaround of draft contracts etc)
• Liaising with independent producers and other external parties, as the first point of contact sourcing and handling the answering of queries on projects and Channel
4’s policies and procedures and other matters arising from contracting (including information required to trigger payment deadlines)
• Ensuring accurate reporting and input of contract and rights information summaries on all relevant systems including RMS and ultimate rights’, liaising with other
sections as appropriate
• Handling correspondence with suppliers as required together with Diary co-ordination and organising meetings
• Liaising with other departments in Channel 4 e.g.: Commissioning, Rights, Legal & Compliance, Programme Planning
• Filing, archiving and general administrative duties
• Supporting the Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager and Legal and Business Affairs Manager in providing a full Legal and Business Affairs service to the
scripted programme genres


Technical & Professional Skills
• Ability to draft and review a wide variety of commercial contracts with negotiated changes
• Ability to negotiate legal and commercial issues arising from contracts
• Ambition to increase Legal and Business Affairs knowledge and skills
• Interest in all commercial aspects of the film and television industries
• Good knowledge of rights and clearance issues
• Good computer and system skills, including intermediate MS Office
• Good team spirit with general willingness to get involved
• Excellent organisational, communication and telephone skills
• Ability to check and proof - read work quickly and accurately
• Ability to prioritise and manage a large and diverse workload
• In – house Legal and Business Affairs experience at a media organisation
• Media/IP commercial legal background gained in-house or at a law firm
• Paralegals must be either part-qualified, have or be in legal training, or have a substantial quantity of relevant legal and contractual experience

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
• Ability to work efficiently and autonomously

Relationship Management
• Sensitivity to talent issues and ability to maintain good ‘client’ relationships

Complexity/Problem Solving
• Problem solving skills together with the confidence to take the initiative on projects
• Facility to develop decision and deal making skills in a complex commercial and legal context

Desirable Experience
• In – house experience working within a scripted team
• Media/IP commercial legal background gained in house or in private practice

Full Role Description

Further information

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