Libertatem Magazine

Job Post: Vacancy for Associate – Legal at Sony Pictures Network, Mumbai

Contents of this Page

Key Responsibilities

  • Content Licensing: A thorough understanding of the full cycle of management of rights, media platforms, modes of exploitation, etc. commencing from the time of due diligence of the chain of the title documents that fulfils the pre-requisite condition of acquiring and licensing the content related to movies and certain other genres of content.
  • Music Vertical: Handling all types of transactions pertaining to music (acquisition and licensing) and its allied businesses, and advising on rights availability and management, exploitation avenues, holdbacks and partnering with the business teams to provide legal support. Good understanding of the music nuances, the industry practices, legal updates, interplay with the labels, societies etc.
  • Distribution and International Business: To undertake the entire spectrum legal responsibilities pertaining to the channel distribution to support the international distribution business of SPNI including affiliate agreements, barters, marketing agreements, Telco agreements, advertising, sponsorship and other monetization opportunities.
    • For the aforesaid verticals drafting & reviewing of the agreements, negotiation of contracts with counter parties’ lawyers, value addition in commercials, management of contractual compliances, management of rights in software dedicated for this, liaising with the various departments to ensure contractual compliances are made.
  • Channel business support: Supporting the channel business by providing legal assistance in relation to production of programs, talent hiring, PR, Creative & Designing, Marketing, OAP, Programming, IT, Logistics, Ad Sales, contest terms and conditions, privacy policies, terms of usage of websites and likewise; drafting and negotiating low to medium complexity contracts for the foregoing aspects of the channel business by providing legal inputs and rendering services through the contractual process.
  • Processes and Systems: Managing, implementing various systems and processes for the better functioning of various verticals within the organisation including online contract requisition system, Master Data Management Project, Contract Lifecycle Management System, Contractual Matrix, rights management grid and others.  Templatization of important agreements.
  • Miscellaneous: To provide contracting and legal support for new initiatives and special projects of the company.
  • To minimize risk and proactively protecting the company’s interest and assets.
  • Engaging, learning and winning the confidence for handling high complexity contracts.
  • To manage day to day responsibility for drafting accurate contracts, negotiating them with third parties on his/her own and concluding them in tight deadlines.
  • To provide accurate, effective and timely legal advice, analysis and support on commercial and contractual matters taking into account the commercial environment.
  • To act as the day to day interface between the company and external counsel, briefing external counsels and attending hearings in the courts and other regulatory forums and government departments.
  • To liaise with intra departments of the company in respect of commercial and contractual matters where appropriate to ensure that all relevant legal issues are identified and appropriate support is provided.
  • To understand tax and regulatory structure of the company and be able to safeguard the company from exposure in the contracts.
  • To assist in the development of best practice with regards to the legal aspects of commercial and contractual matters entrusted.
  • To influence and assist in discussions between clients and other functions to ensure the best legal solution to meet commercial objectives and to encourage best practices.
  • To provide regular reports and updates to line manager and to clients, as appropriate.

Critical Competencies for Success

Behavioral/ Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to leverages relationships, build a strong network and have effective negotiations.
  • Strong communication skills and a team player.
  • Working within deadlines.
  • Must be self-driven and motivated to take initiatives.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to handle pressure situations with alacrity.
  • Incumbent must have multitasking ability. Timely and efficient delivery of legal support is the key.
  • Strategic thinker balanced with a grasp of details. Must possess the ability to switch between execution and strategy mode most effortlessly.
  • Ability to see the big picture, visualize the future and develop relevant functional strategies which value add to our business.
  • Must be excited by, and be able to navigate ambiguity.
  • Must be able to get the job done by working collaboratively with others.

Technical skills:

  • Excellent drafting skills; Good knowledge of contract law, arbitration and civil litigation. Good knowledge of the Copyright Act, 1957 and the regulatory framework.
  • Well versed with commercials negotiations. Someone who is able to enhance industry specific understanding, having good drafting skills and be an effective negotiator.
  • Ability to understand and interpret the relevant regulations and apply the same to the work situation.
  • Good analytical and presentation skills and capable of providing sound and practical legal advice to the business heads.
  • Demonstrated (hands on experience) subject matter knowledge in structuring, drafting, negotiating and closing of the deals.


1. Educational qualification/Certifications
2. Relevant corporate exposure
3. Relevant understanding of the industry & business
4. Career Track Record/Stability
5. Functional Competencies
6. Takes Initiative/ Energizes others with his/her passion
7. Proactively seeks newer and better ways of operating
8. Displays ” Can Do” energy/ Is resourceful and persistent in overcoming obstacles
9. Demonstrates accountability and is decisive in taking prudent risks/ Stretches to take risks that he/she believes in
10. Takes responsibility for failures and learns from them/Suggests improvements
11. Is comfortable taking hard calls and making decisions for own area
12. Empowers the team and supports new ideas and data
13. Requires minimal supervision and direction
14. Is a strong team player, owns & celebrates success of the team or a team member
15. Strives for excellence as an individual and as a team member
16. Has good relationship building skills/ interpersonal & communication skills
17. Anticipates & proactively drives change
18. Challenges status quo & pushes persistently for change, simplification & speed
19. Is respected & inspires respect
20. Is a willing listener/Frequently leverages others ideas to improve own work area
21. Operates with unyielding Integrity
22. Collaborates with others in an open and transparent manner
23. Does not hesitate to give timely and honest feedback

About the Author