[Jobs CA & DC] In-House Positions at Dreamworks, Verizon, Spike

I haven’t forgotten about those coveted in-house job listings.  In fact, today I made sure to hit a few with logos that you’d recognize.

Dreamworks – Head of Litigation

Responsible for all Litigation and Technology Licensing matters for DreamWorks Animation to ensure maximum protection of the organization. – Oversee all Litigation matters for the studio working with in-house staff as well as outside counsel. – Consult with DreamWorks Technology leadership and strategic technology partners regarding legal/contractual matters. – Responsible for negotiating technology licensing deals, patents and intellectual property. – Oversee intellectual property, anti-trust, and patent infringement claims. – Involved in strategic production initiatives on an as needed basis.


- Minimum of 5 years experience in Litigation AND Technology Licensing – Experience negotiating technology licensing deals, patents and IP. – Entertainment and copyright experience a plus. Member of California Bar Association and JD from accredited law school. – Strong negotiating, writing and communication skills. – Experience managing staff. – Sense of urgency and responsiveness. – Limited travel.

(See also: this post on LinkedIn)

Verizon Wireless – Regulatory Counsel

Verizon Wireless is seeking a talented attorney to join its Regulatory Law Group within the Legal and External Affairs Department office in Washington, D.C as a counsel. This is a senior position that will represent the Company in federal and state courts, as well as in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, and other agencies. This person will also draft and review applications for licenses and other authorizations, pleadings and other documents, and assist internal clients in complying with numerous federal and state regulatory requirements. This position will report to the Deputy General Counsel for Regulatory Law.

(Can we say Android?)

Spike TV – Vice President for the Spike TV Business & Legal Affairs department working on Spike TV original programming transactions concentrating on animation, scripted and alternative development and production matters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Multi-task to cover a high volume of deals and work independently.
  • Structure, negotiate and expeditiously close transactions with minimal supervision is an absolute requirement.
  • Structure, draft and negotiate production service agreements, executive producer agreements, co-production agreements, writer agreements, television network license agreements, right acquisition agreements, talent agreements and other types of development and production agreements.
  • Develop and supervise creation of deal structures, parameters and documentation templates and forms.
  • Advise and counsel the client groups on a variety of complex business and legal matters.
  • Liaison with a broad range of MTV Networks departments (Production Management, Labor & Employment, Risk Management, Litigation, Online, Music & Media Licensing and Pre-Broadcast Review) to implement production legal policies and procedures.
  • Liaison with a broad range of Spike TV departments (Ad Sales, Marketing and Promotion, Talent and Special Events, Programming and Spike Digital Entertainment) regarding the exploitation of Spike TV programming.
  • Supervise and assist in rights analysis for Spike TV programming, including underlying ownership issues, participant payments and guild residuals.
  • Maintain relationships with key managers, agencies and attorneys in the entertainment community.

We have some big plans for 2010 including the launch of our new job board. The goal is to move our job listings series¹ over there.

Right now, we’re reaching out to legal employers and asking them to join our Beta team. (In less nerdy terms, a team of brave trailblazers who are willing to post their legal positions on our job board. Basically, they post for free during our launch, receive discounts for all eternity, and are pampered with praise and adulation.)

Until we’re ready to fully transition over to the job board, we’ll continue to post jobs that we find here. Hey, we may as well get the firm’s attention, right? Show ‘em the awesome caliber of our readers. :-)

Also, to help keep you updated, we’ll push all job notifications to @RecruiterEsq (a newish account that’s now reserved for site announcements) as well as my personal account @mjsq.

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