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Sr. Counsel, International Content Acquisition

Company: Lionsgate
Location: santa monica
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Summary of Position

Accomplished, highly-skilled and strategically-focused attorney with substantial and on point experience drafting and negotiating content acquisition agreements for linear and SVOD branded service distribution across multiple distribution platforms internationally.


  • Draft and negotiate a large volume of complex content acquisition agreements for original series and third party content for use on the STARZPLAY services across all distribution platforms internationally
  • Work closely with business teams to draft and negotiate content acquisition agreements with multiple competing deadlines
  • Articulate and advise business team of issues and risks
  • Draft, negotiate, maintain and manage intercompany licenses for content and programming
  • Coordinate with and support the Senior Executive Team and strategic corporate initiatives, including providing and maintaining relevant comparatives across content licensing deals

Qualifications & Skills

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in a major, reputable law firm focused on IP/transactional practice areas
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience providing content-related legal counsel for television networks, studios and/or media distribution companies in the United States
  • Superior drafting skills, including the ability to articulate complicated concepts clearly
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior knowledge of content licensing concepts, including rights distinctions and holdbacks
  • Working knowledge of international content owners, licensors, and commissioning broadcasters
  • Working knowledge of various distribution architectures, including IP-delivery platforms
  • Working knowledge of copyright laws
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and work calmly under pressure against multiple competing deadlines
  • Highly motivated, extremely detail-oriented, organized and able to work independently

About the Company

Starz (, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.

Business Unit Overview

With the Company aligning its studio operations behind the growth of its streaming business, Starz has become one of the pre-eminent modern premium global streaming platforms. Offering subscribers more than 7.500 television episodes, including Starz original series and provocative documentaries, along with a broad catalogue of first-run movies, Starz is taking the lead in delivering relatable premium content that makes it the platform of choice among a wide spectrum of female, African-American and other historically underserved audiences. Its focused brand, premium content and freedom from legacy relationships position Starz at the forefront of the new bundles emerging throughout the media ecosystem, a compelling value proposition to complement virtually every kind of subscription platform.

Distinguished by its successful and focused content strategy, top programming, exceptional curation and speed to market, Starz has quickly scaled its platform to become one of the most widely distributed and fastest-growing OTT services in the world, with OTT subscribers making up more than half of its global subscriber base. The Starzplay International premium subscription service offers a "best of global SVOD" content portfolio in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Canada, Japan and India through a bespoke and expanding network of distribution partners. The Starzplay Arabia joint venture is one of the leading SVOD operators in the fast-growing Middle East and North Africa region. The proprietary and highly-rated Starz app, a proven hit with U.S. audiences, continues to roll out internationally.

Our Benefits

  • Full Coverage - Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Work/Life Balance - generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
  • 401(k) company matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

EEO Statement

Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.

Keywords: Lionsgate, Santa Monica , Sr. Counsel, International Content Acquisition, Other , santa monica, California

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