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Job Description for Rights Management Paralegal

Tennis Channel ( is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, US Open Series,  ATP World  Masters Series, top-tier Sony WTA tour championships competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.

Summary: Oversee Rights Management, including production compliance, anti-piracy, option tracking and related functions.

Daily Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

Work with IT and other departments in the design through implementation of workflow, manual and electronic set-up of Rights Management system
Supervise the maintenance of Rights Management system, including, data-entry of information, research department agreements and information, maintenance of docket calendar and appropriate follow up, consolidate and/or summarize documents and information for indexing in the Rights Management system
Archive files to offsite storage, prepare forms, scan or photocopy documents, and other related duties as required
Work closely with Programming, Web & New Media, Production and all relevant teams to review all third-party clearances and acquisitions
Review executed agreements and track information in the Rights Management system
Provide regular status reporting and control within the Legal department regarding the status of various agreements and projects
Handle phones and/or email requests
Review all original programming for standards & practices, before air
Create/maintain production binder guidelines; music cue sheet guidelines; Final Edit Report/FER guidelines, etc.
Monitor third-party sites (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), for copyright violations and send appropriate notices
Monitor to ensure compliance with programming agreements; pull down video that is beyond the scope of such agreements, in a timely manner
Maintain option calendar of contract expirations and option pick-up dates for third-party vendors, independent contractors, programming and employee contracts; draft option letters, as needed
Address and resolve standards & practices issues
Create Rights and Availability charts for various departments
Create forms including fillable PDFs for in-house use within Tennis Channel’s various departments
Create rate cards for third-party footage licensing/dubbing/research charges
Track/log music cue sheets retroactive to launch of channel
Review/log all original programming and live tournament cue sheets
Submit cue sheets to music societies and train others on proper submission techniques
Review shortforms and original programming for possible licensing out to third parties
Review/approve all original programming and corresponding binders for:
o Material, Appearance and Location releases
o Completed Final Edit Report and Cue Sheet
o Invoices for any additional clearance fees incurred
o Obligatory credits
o Approve for air/final payment
Catalog and maintain library of production binders


3-5 years of Entertainment Rights & Availability experience, including filing, creating and maintaining files and indexing documents into a records management database 
Prior experience with Entertainment Rights Management systems is required
Attention to detail and ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion is required
College degree preferred
Experienced with one of the leading entertainment RMS systems
Familiarity with Motion Picture and Television industry records
Knowledge of legal documents and terminology preferred
Thorough understanding of each indexed document is necessary in order to assure integrity and accurate entry of information
Ability to multi-task, prioritize projects and complete assignments in an accurate and timely manner
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
Willing to work on new programs and projects
Ability to exercise strong judgment 
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment
Highly proficient in MS Office

To be considered, please send resume, salary history and requirements to via email to:  Subject line must read: Rights Management Paralegal


The Tennis Channel offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, and a 401k plan for all full time positions.

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