ASSOCIATE: PRODUCTION LEGAL

Date of posting: June 22, 2022

Klaris Law has an opening for an associate to join the firm’s entertainment practice. We are a boutique media, entertainment, technology, and intellectual property law firm that guides our clients through a changing IP and digital environment as a strategic partner, advisor, and legal resource. The firm’s practice extends across traditional and new media, entertainment, art, technology, and web3 engagements, and supports clients at every stage of business development, from negotiating deals and clearing content for broadcast or publication, to managing disputes and defending claims. Clients rely on the firm’s ability to augment in-house legal resources and respond nimbly to urgent matters, as facilitated by hands-on, day-to day client interaction and close collaboration among the lawyers.

Role description:

Although associates of the firm are encouraged to contribute to the full breadth of the firm’s practice, this position primarily will support the firm’s production legal work. The associate will work with clients across the media and entertainment sector, including production companies, studios, networks, streamers, filmmakers, podcasters, publishers and metaverse/web3 enterprises. A typical day’s work will include a combination of: 

  • Negotiating, drafting and analyzing agreements needed to license, purchase or produce content, including writer, producer, and actor agreements; host agreements; production services agreements; co-production agreements; option purchase agreements; distribution agreements; and first look deals; 
  • Supporting in-house business and legal affairs teams at major Hollywood studios and networks; 
  • Advising clients on clearance issues (e.g. copyright, trademark, defamation, privacy, newsgathering, music rights) through development, production and distribution of their content; 
  • Assisting with the development of templates and processes; and 
  • “Threading the needle” on intellectual property issues throughout the life-cycle of content production.

Basic qualifications:

  • 2+ years of transactional experience at a law firm and/or in-house
  • Active license to practice law in New York and/or California

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Transactional experience, drafting, redlining, and negotiating agreements with a keen desire to find common ground;
  • Experience with entertainment deals, including business terms and distribution models (knowledge of guild agreements and procedure is a plus);
  • Demonstrable interest in and passion for the entertainment business, where it is today and where it is headed;
  • The ability to translate complicated legal principles into clear, concise English;
  • Interest in joining a boutique law firm with a strong culture of collegiality, autonomy and focus on both quality and client services; and
  • Enthusiasm for juggling many matters simultaneously.

Klaris is growing rapidly and works with companies of all sizes.  

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Alexia Bedat (alexia.bedat@nullklarislaw.com) and Hamzah Jhaveri (hamzah.jhaveri@nullklarislaw.com).

Third party recruiters are welcome to submit candidates.

Klaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We commit ourselves to equal treatment of all employees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability or other basis protected by law.