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Ref: LP104-199

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Headquartered in Dubai Media City, MBC is the leading satellite television, radio and digital network operating in the Middle East and North Africa Region employing some 2000 staff from over 60 nationalities and a global audience of over 150 million viewers. As part of its ambitious expansion plans MBC has launched MBC Studios with a view to becoming a global player in creating Hollywood class movies and big budget TV series often with a middle eastern theme suitable for a global audience in both the English and Arabic language. MBC are working with leading US and UK law firms in California, New York and London, and many Hollywood and UK producers, directors, actors and writers.

MBC is looking to recruit a Film and TV lawyer to work exclusively for MBC Studios specialising in Arabic language contracts, reporting into the Director of Legal of MBC Studios and working in a team of 7. You will be responsible for negotiating, drafting and reviewing a wide range of legal documentation necessary to produce full length feature films and big budget TV series, and providing legal and business affairs advice and support to MBC Studios and the Director of Legal to support its creativity, innovation, new talent and 'cutting edge' feature film and television production.

You will be a qualified film and television lawyer, with demonstrable expertise in acquiring underlying rights, production, and co-production deals, ideally with experience also of working under USA union terms (including SAG, IATSE, WGA and DGA). Knowledge of distribution deals is useful though not essential. You will have the ability to meet deadlines in a commercial and dynamic environment and to handle a spread of projects across a range of activities with a fast-paced turnaround. The work is predominantly high budget drama, but also includes documentaries, so experience of clearances and compliance also very helpful.

You will have excellent drafting skills and relevant PQE in commercial and entertainment law. A sound knowledge of copyright and contract law is essential. Strong and demonstrable negotiation skills and sound business acumen are essential. A bi-lingual (English/Arabic) language skill set is essential for this role.

Benefits will include a competitive tax free salary and private health insurance.

Key responsibilities:
- Drafting and negotiating in Arabic (and assisting with English language contracts as may be required by the department) for key HOD and BTL contracts, including experience of the requirements of USA guilds such as SAG, DGA etc.
- Assisting the Director of Legal with key production financing agreements, co-production agreements and development agreements as required, including engaging third-party producers under PSAs where needed.
- Drafting and negotiating writer and other talent agreements and being aware of WGA guild requirements. Knowledge of PACT/WGGB agreement useful.
- Assisting the Director of Legal with drafting and advising on security finance agreements and helping with required tax and other rebate agreements (including UK, Canada, Romania, Abu Dhabi incentive and rebate schemes) as required.
- Established experience with underlying rights documents (options, book and IP rights agreements, format agreements, writer agreements, development agreements etc.).
- Review and creation of key cast & crew agreements and reporting and advising on those documents to MBC.
- Reviewing and suggesting improvements to our Arabic language template agreements to ensure good practice and alignment with the English language template agreements.
- Being an active participant in MBC Studios' meetings, planning, development and team building events, including working directly with MBC Studios producers and development executives.
- Working closely with MBC Studios finance teams.
- To be an ambassador for MBC Studios through maintaining a professional approach at all times.
- To carry out all responsibilities in a way that supports MBC values and promotes equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion within MBC.

Requirements

- Lawyer with a minimum of 3-4 years relevant post qualification experience in a television or film production environment, with a specialism focussed on Arabic language agreements.
- Proven track record specialising in commercial and entertainment law, with an emphasis on film and television financing, underlying rights acquisitions, production and distribution, contract law and copyright.
- The successful candidate will ideally have "in-house" legal experience in a production company or broadcaster production legal department.
- Strong interpersonal skills are essential (team player, diplomatic) as well as a willingness to work overseas and across multiple territories.
- A team player with skills that motivate and develop junior lawyers, paralegals and assistants.
- Excellent administrative/ organisation skills.
- Excellent negotiation skills and strong business acumen/commercial judgment.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to deal effectively and promptly with people at all levels.
- A love of film and television production and the processes involved from first idea through to red-carpet premiere.
- A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and its practical application and integration in the work environment.

About the Company

MBC GROUP is the largest media company in the Middle East & North Africa region that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, in 1991, MBC GROUP moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates.

Today, MBC GROUP includes over 17 leading TV channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 & MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children’s edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus); MBC ACTION (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC VARIETY (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama) & MBC+ DRAMA (a joint pay-TV channel between MBC and OSN); MBC PERSIA (general family entertainment dubbed and subtitled in Farsi); WANASAH (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC MASR & MBC MASR2 (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC BOLLYWOOD (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); MBC USA (on “Dish Network” in the US); MBC IRAQ (a premium channel aimed at the entire Iraqi family), MBC5 (new satellite channel dedicated to the Maghreb); all of them benefit from MBC STUDIOS which produces the region’s most compelling premium content for cinema, television and on-demand platforms. MBC GROUP also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music).

Furthermore, part of MBC GROUP is Shahid and its premium subscription-based service Shahid VIP, the world’s leading Arabic streaming platform, home to highly rated original productions from the Arab world, a wide range of exclusive movies and premieres, as well as the top watched live Arab TV channels.

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