Senior Assistant Vice President, Legal (Content)

Senior Assistant Vice President, Legal (Content)

Astro Holdings
8-11 years
Not Specified

Job Description

  • We practise a vibrant & energetic office culture.
  • We provide opportunities for career advancement within the company.
  • Good performance is always rewarded accordingly.

What you will do:
As a Senior Assistant Vice President, the person in this role will provide legal support to the Content department in a number of key areas, including Astro's video-on demand and pay-per-view services and its English language content and channel licensing business. This support will primarily consist of reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts. The role includes managing and supervising a number of junior lawyers supporting the same business units. The person must demonstrate a strong understanding and keen interest in content licensing and intellectual property issues and also possess an ability to distil complex technical and legal issues into concise and accurate drafting.
The lawyer in this role will lead in providing legal advice and managing the legal risks across the following areas of the Content department: (i) English language content and channel business (ii) Indian channel business (iii) video-on-demand and pay-per-view (iv) Astro content distribution and licensing by third parties and (v) over-the-top (OTT) content distribution.
This principally involves advising on, negotiating and drafting the following types of commercial contracts:
  • Programme acquisition license agreements for International English language, Malay and Indian content, for Astro's linear, on-demand and transactional content services, including output deals with Hollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood studios
  • Agreements with third party channel licensors for the carriage of their linear television channels and related on-demand content on Astro's platforms
  • Agreements for the provision of third party apps with related on-demand content for OTT distribution via Astro's platforms
  • Production agreements for provision of new programmes, including commissioning, first look and shared IP deals
  • Co-production and co-investment agreements
  • Agreements for delivery of production services for third parties
  • Licensing and syndication deals for distribution of Astro content on third party services and platforms
  • Content aggregation agreements
  • Barter agreements

Review, analyse and summarise legal and commercial documentation.
Draft and negotiate various types of agreements, adding value with highest quality business-focussed legal expertise and advice on document structure and allocation of risk.
Provide legal advice on content related transactions and arrangements, including on intellectual property laws, trademark registration, copyright protection and the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Manage disputes arising out of contractual and quasi-contractual relationships with the aim of amicable resolution and settlement and, if required, coordinate with external legal counsels and manage any litigation involving the company, including developing and directing any litigation strategies.
Supervise and guide junior lawyers in the provision of legal support and drive the following behaviours within the legal team: (a) customer focussed advice and solutions, (b) strategic advice and contributions that add value and meet the company's objectives, (c) bringing innovation to problem solving, (d) ensuring advice is provided in a timely and accurate manner.
Present complex legal concepts in a manner that is easy to understand and aids decision making, showing an ability to distill complex issues into concise summaries.
With strong communications skills, build effective relationships with colleagues within both the Legal department and the wider business, developing trust and rapport at all levels
Work with the rest of the Legal department in providing a legal and regulatory framework for the business to operate within, by developing and disseminating compliance policies, template and precedents and also by providing legal training sessions.
Bring attention to detail coupled with strong analytical and commercial drafting skills.
Prioritise and plan effectively, demonstrating proactive and good organisational skills.
Demonstrate commitment, integrity and judgment when presenting merits of transactions/risks exposure to Senior Management.
Adapt quickly, coordinate, prioritise and plan effectively in a fast paced environment with competing priorities.
Demonstrate a passion for TV and technology to help bring the best content and innovation to Astro customers.
Interpret and apply laws and regulations, formulate and issue legal opinions to ensure that the interests of the company are safeguarded at all times.
Who you are:
  • Degree in Law
  • Called to the Malaysian Bar
  • Excellent up-to-date understanding of contract law, copyright law, and related media laws
  • No less than 8 years of legal practice experience in a highly regarded legal firm or in-house equivalent (preferably in the field of Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunications (TMT) related work)
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and enjoys working in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and find solutions in deadlocks
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Enjoys high pressure and a dynamic environment
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) skills
  • Digitally savvy
  • Excellent drafting, legal and research skills
  • Familiar with and competent user of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Powerpoint

Other competencies:
  • Time management and organisation
  • To ensure files under portfolio are organised in an orderly manner and support to the business units are provided in a timely manner
  • Planning
  • Understanding and prioritising ‘business as usual matters with ‘critical matters without compromising the business unit's expectations
  • Ability to adapt quickly, coordinate, prioritise and plan effectively in a fast paced environment with competing priorities
  • Problem solving
  • Positive and pro-active attitude, with focus on creatively solving issues and problems with beneficial outcome all-round
  • Communication
  • A team player with strong communications skills, building effective relationships with colleagues within both the Legal department and the wider business, developing trust and rapport at all levels
  • Strategic thinking
  • To assist immediate supervisor/head of practice group in complex deals
  • Offer customer-focused advice and solutions that add value and meet the company's objectives

It's our people that make Astro Malaysia's leading entertainment company. That's why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Astro can be their best.

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