The Business & Legal Affairs department is responsible for all legal matters related to the development, acquisition, production, distribution and pre-broadcast review of all content used worldwide by Discovery’s television and digital networks. More specifically, this group negotiates and drafts commission, co-production, acquisition, and talent agreements; reviews scripts and rough cuts of programs prior to broadcast in order to minimize legal exposure; analyzes media rights associated with all programming agreements and responds to usage requests made by the company’s many lines of businesses; and provides advice and counsel on a wide array of network matters such as production- and talent-related legal issues, insurance, and rights clearances.
The Director, Business & Legal Affairs position will be based in our Silver Spring, MD or New York, NY office and will be responsible for independently handling deal negotiations and the drafting and review of a variety of agreements for the development, production and distribution of documentary and non-scripted reality television programming, including the agreements for talent across Discovery’s portfolio of networks. The Director will be responsible for handling ongoing deal management responsibilities throughout the life of a program.
The Director will also provide advice on content-related legal issues (e.g., defamation, right of privacy and publicity, copyright, etc.) for Discovery’s programs, with an emphasis on the legal issues related to true crime programming.