NBC Universal Legal Counsel in London, United Kingdom

Job Number 39276BR

Job Title Legal Counsel

Business Segment Global Distribution and International

Sub-Business International Studios

Posting Category Legal & Business Affairs

About Us NBCUniversal International Studios is headed by Michael Edelstein, President, and headquartered in London. The division’s mandate is to identify and collaborate with cutting edge creative talent around the world to produce high-quality scripted and unscripted drama, comedy, entertainment and factual entertainment programmes.

International Studios has significantly expanded its stable of production companies via acquisition and strategic partnerships, and works with a range of leading and award-winning producers and production companies to develop programmes that appeal to local and global audiences.

International Studios’ UK-based production companies include: Carnival, maker of The Last Kingdom for BBC2 and creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama sensation Downton Abbey, one of the UK’s biggest TV exports of all time; Monkey Kingdom, which specialises in entertainment programmes and produces the hit UK reality series Made in Chelsea; Chocolate Media, a factual/entertainment production company; Lucky Giant, a comedy label and maker of the forthcoming series Quacks for the BBC; and Working Title Television, a joint venture with Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, producer of shows such as London Spy for the BBC and You, Me and the Apocalypse for Sky.

International Studios announced the founding of Heyday Television in 2015, a joint venture with award winning film producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, Paddington) which is intended to produce premium, long-form scripted programming for both UK and US markets.

International Studios has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker (led by Tom Hardy, an international film actor, and his producing partner, Dean Baker) and owns Tellycopter, a research and development resource that sits alongside its production companies.

Outside the UK, NBCUniversal International Studios owns Australia-based Matchbox Pictures, producers of critically-acclaimed drama series The Slap, and co-owns LARK Productions in Canada, producer of long-running procedural Motive and Real Housewives of Vancouver.

International Studios also operates NBCUniversal Formats – a global format sales team which represents the international rights to a broad slate of programming, including reality, lifestyle, entertainment and scripted shows produced by NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Style, Syfy, G4, Carnival, Chocolate, LARK, Lucky Giant, Matchbox, and Monkey Kingdom.

Country United Kingdom

State - -

City London



  • Negotiation of, drafting and review of development agreements, format options and licences, production commissioning and services agreements, co-production agreements, consultancy agreements and generally the full range of agreements in the context of the licensing of formats, co-productions and programming.

  • Negotiation of, drafting and review of brand licensing, merchandising and other ancillary exploitation agreements.

  • Negotiation of, drafting and review of licensing agreements in respect of programme content exploitation.

  • Negotiation of, drafting and review of format rights licences

  • Analysis of rights reviews particularly from NBCU’s rights team and advice on underlying rights, copyright and other intellectual property issues, chain of title and clearance matters both in the context of UK and US rights-holders

  • Negotiation with underlying rights-holders and their representatives

  • Advising on international compliance-related questions

  • Overseeing rights monitoring systems / databases both for scripted and unscripted formats

  • Generally, ensure all contractual documentation is completed to required standards

Responsibilities are not limited to the above description and may be modified at any time by the Company.


  • Qualified lawyer with significant and relevant post-qualification experience

  • Expertise in television is essential, ideally in the area of formats/international distribution/merchandising and licensing.

  • In-house experience is highly desirable, but otherwise ‘frontline’ international television production/distribution experience with a law firm would be considered

  • Hands-on experience of the types of contracts and agreements handled in the role is essential

  • Experience of negotiating deals and drafting and settling contracts and agreements is essential

  • Expertise dealing with the intellectual property rights constituting both scripted and unscripted formats is essential

  • Experience of advising or working with international broadcasters, distributors and producers on intellectual property issues is highly desirable

  • Experience gained in a leading law firm or multinational company with an international outlook.

  • Strong educational background


  • Ability to work as a productive team member in legal, commercial and finance environment

  • Ability to recognise and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations

  • Strong organisational skills

  • Ability to achieve optimum legal and business outcomes in a timely manner by focusing on key objectives, seeking efficient legal solutions, prioritising multiple issues, and avoiding unnecessary disputes.

  • Detail-orientated, methodical, and able to assess strengths and weaknesses of different negotiating positions

  • Strong commercial sense

  • Confident, concise and persuasive verbal and written communication skills

  • An enthusiasm for and interest in the media in general and television in particular

  • Ethical and responsible

  • Resourceful, outgoing, intellectually curious and eager to take on new challenges in a demanding environment

  • The responsibilities associated with this position are not limited to the above job description and may be modified at any time by the Company.


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