Google Associate Legal Counsel, Development, Production and Licensing, YouTube Originals in Los Angeles, California

As Associate Legal Counsel for YouTube, you will work on exciting legal challenges as we combine the worlds of entertainment and technology. These innovations require creative and proactive legal guidance from Lawyers who enjoy applying their knowledge and judgment while exploring uncharted territory. You will work with the YouTube Originals team, who are responsible for developing and shepherding new scripted and unscripted series and movies with YouTube's partners. Your knowledge of the industry and relevant laws and your experience supporting new content development, production and distribution will help shape our robust pipeline of current content and development properties for YouTube and YouTube Red.

In this role, you'll also support team as an experienced entertainment attorney on a broad range of projects and transactions related to the development, production and distribution of YouTube’s original series, movies and specials. You will be working on a team that operates very much like a rapidly growing startup business, with a dynamic and intense environment and a minimal amount of hierarchy.

20th century laws don't always solve 21st century problems, and Google Legal crafts innovative approaches for handling some of the toughest legal challenges of the information age. Whether you're a patent attorney, an intellectual property expert or an engineer headed to law school, Google Legal lets you take on unanswered legal quandaries and create new precedents. Our innovative services raise challenging questions that demand creative and practical answers. We provide those answers by working at the crossroads of the law and new technology, helping Google build innovative and important products for users around the world.

Responsibilities
  • Consult on and draft agreements relating to the development, production and exploitation of scripted and unscripted content (including format and rights acquisition, development, writer, director and talent, production services and distribution agreements).
  • Respond to legal requests from the YouTube Originals team, along with other areas of YouTube (including content partnerships, marketing and other clients), analyzing, summarizing and communicating legal concepts.
  • Perform production legal work.
  • Develop and lead processes in managing contracts and contract templates, copyright filings, chain-of-title documents and other documentation.
  • Ensure that agreements and initiatives comply with company policies and risk tolerance.
Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Admitted to the bar in which this position is located or otherwise authorized to practice law (e.g registered in-house status) in the state in which the position is located.
  • 4 years of experience in entertainment agreement work (development, production and exploitation experience) in television and/or features (including international), including at a studio, network, content distribution platform and/or other entertainment company.
  • Experience with production and post-production legal challenges (including guild/union, music, rights, clearance matters and guild issues).

Preferred qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience in entertainment law.
  • Experience in option tracking, agreement management, copyright filings, chain-of-title and coordinating with Production and Creative teams.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to international content distribution (e.g international content age rating requirements and/or product placement disclosures).
  • Ability to advise cross-functional teams on legal risk and market viability of new business models and programming concepts.
  • Understanding of (international) television, motion picture and digital content industries and relationships with talent agencies, managers and attorneys in the entertainment community.
  • Effective collaboration skills, with the ability to tolerate risk and thrive in a constantly-evolving environment with minimal supervision.

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