The Legal department at The Pokemon Company International is looking for an attorney with strong business affairs and entertainment licensing experience to support Pokémon’s expanding linear media business. This person will partner closely with Pokémon’s media production, media sales, and music administration teams to lead strategic licensing negotiations, provide day-to-day support for in-house content production projects, and advise internal clients regarding general business and contract issues, as well as copyright, technology, regulatory and related matters.
What You’ll Do
- Lead negotiations for outbound licensing of Pokemon animated films and series with domestic and international broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) partners.
- Serve as primary production counsel to The Pokemon Company International’s (TPCi) in-house media production team.
- Partner with the Associate General Counsel (AGC) and international business development team to support global media initiatives.
- Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of entertainment production and licensing agreements.
- Work closely with TPCi’s music administration and Intellectual Property (IP) Clearance teams to holistically advise on IP rights and licensing strategy.
- Contribute to the creation and maintenance of contract templates, policies, and playbooks for in-house media production.
What You’ll Bring
- Minimum of 5 years directly advising clients in content production and intellectual property law, with a strong working knowledge of the entertainment industry agreements and practices.
- Exceptional drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills.
- Working knowledge of talent relations, and guild/ union regulations.
- Demonstrable experience innovating new processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency, transparency, and comprehension between client teams and legal.
- In-house legal team experience with a company in the entertainment industry preferred (interactive entertainment experience and plus)
- Experience working with multinational corporations and/or client and possessing a strong ability to facilitate cross-cultural communications.
- J.D. or equivalent degree and bar license in good standing with the ability to practice law in Washington State.
How You Will Be Successful
- Collaborative: Develops, maintains, communicates and strengthens partnerships with others inside and outside the organization to achieve goals and positive results.
- Excellence (Quality): Maintains and promotes high standards, seeking ways to improve products and services, encouraging others to do the same, resulting in quality deliverables.
- Communicative: Develops and delivers multi-mode communication to share ideas, learn from each other, and keep each other informed about problems, opportunities, progress and solutions.
- Analytical Thinking: Uses logical reasoning to systematically, analyze, diagnose and resolve issues using data.
- Organizational Awareness: Leverages knowledge of the culture, structure and workflow of the organization to solve problems and accomplish goals.
- Integrity & Trust: Behaves in an authentic, honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Is a credible business advocate and partner possessing courage to address matters promptly.
- Plans & Aligns: Plans, collaborates and prioritizes work to meet commitments and align with organizational goals.
- Global Perspective: Understands globalization and the interconnective nature of the world. Appreciates and leverages the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals; knows how to work effectively with individuals of diverse background, styles, abilities, and geographies.
What to Expect
We offer a professional, fun and creative work environment. While we maintain a good balance between work and life, additional hours may be required at peak times or for specific initiatives, including domestic and international travel. This role will often be on video conferencing tools or in front of business units or vendor partners to engage in mission critical negotiations for The Pokémon Company International.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of people so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.