Manager - Business & Legal Affairs

Discovery Communications Knoxville, TN

About the Job

Job Summary

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, with a focus on HGTV and Food Network.


  • Negotiates and/or supports in the negotiation of production and acquisition agreements.
  • Negotiates and/or supports in the negotiation of talent agreements.
  • Acts as a business advisor on production, license, and talent agreements.
  • Structures, negotiates, and oversees the administration of agreements.
  • Analyze and advise client groups regarding the implications of deal terms and recommends best business solutions.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with internal departments and external vendors.
  • Drafts, negotiates, reviews, and revises ancillary production and talent related documents, such as appearance releases, independent contractor agreements, access agreements, title clearances, and format licenses.

  • Requirements

    • JD required.
    • Strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school and current Bar admission
    • At least 2-4 years' experience: i. negotiating and/or drafting media/entertainment/IP-related agreements; ii. focused practice in the areas of media/entertainment/IP at a law firm; or iii. working in the business affairs or legal affairs department of an established media company.
    • Working knowledge of business deals related to production, acquisition, and development of content and to the talent appearing in content.
    • Strong negotiation skills.
    • Ability to take initiative, make firm decisions, and manage projects in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to define and resolve complex challenges.
    • Proficient working with Microsoft Excel, Smartsheet, Word and PowerPoint, MS Outlook, as well as Google G Suite.
    • Must have attention to detail and strong organizational skills
    • Capacity to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Must be able to work collaboratively with team members.
    • Must have the legal right to work in the United States.