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VP, Music Business Affairs

Santa Monica, CA, USA | Leading Media / Entertainment Company

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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• Reporting to the EVP and General Counsel, the Vice President/Senior Vice President, Music Business & Legal Affairs will oversee the day-to-day business and legal affairs concerning all music matters in connection with all Lionsgate and Starz television, film, SVOD/AVOD services, and other businesses.  


• Structure, negotiate, draft, and analyze various music-related agreements including composer, music supervisor, songwriter, co-publisher, artist, talent, and producer agreements

• Advise and liaise with client groups including TV Music, Film Music, Acquisitions/Co-Productions, Legal Delivery, Finance, Credits, Marketing, Home Entertainment, Residuals, Location-Based Entertainment, Consumer Products, International, Post-Production, and Third-Party Audits with respect to music rights and music-related legal issues 

• Handle music contract and copyright related matters as they arise 

• Remain up-to-date on relevant music, film, television, and new media business and legal issues and customs and practices to ensure ongoing ability to provide sound business and legal advice

• Responsible for managing ongoing contractual relationships with the company’s publishing administrator and record label distributor

• Ensure compliance with performing rights organizations and unions 

• Advise and inform company executives regarding music-related matters as needed

• Oversee music clearance and licensing consultants

• Supervise legal staff and ensure direct reports have appropriate resources to achieve defined objectives

Experience & Skills:

The ideal candidate will have:

• Minimum of 8+ years of experience, with a minimum of 6 years in a music-specific legal role in a music business affairs, rights & clearances, or licensing capacity

• Experience identifying and managing risk; ability to provide practical, results-oriented legal advice

• Established track record dealing with high level music attorneys, agents, managers, and record and publishing executives

• Strong knowledge of copyright and intellectual property law

• Self-starter with strong work ethic and the ability to take initiative, work independently with minimal supervision, and establish priorities

• Effective time management skills are essential, with the ability to balance multiple matters concurrently in a challenging, fast-paced environment

• Excellent organizational skills

• Strong management and interpersonal skills

• J.D. degree and membership in good standing with the State Bar of California or registered with the State Bar of California as in-house counsel

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

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