Entertainment Counsel

Authentic Brands GroupNew York, New YorkFull TimeOn Site

Who We Are 

Authentic is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment and fashion lifestyle brands.  Authentic elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. We are committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business and immersive experiences. We create and activate original marketing strategies to drive the success of our brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms and emerging media. 

Why Authentic

The mission of Authentic is to evolve, transform and reimagine global brands through innovative business models, powerful storytelling, compelling content, and immersive experiences.  Working at Authentic isn't like working at other companies. Let's chat if you're creative and hungry to drive ideas into action. We work with some of the brightest minds in retail, marketing, licensing, legal and more.  Join us in working toward our mission.  #WeareAuthentic

What You’ll Do

We are looking for someone to join our team based in our New York City office. This is a full-time in the office position (with an optional one day to work from home).  As Counsel, you’ll focus on entertainment, sports and media licensing for our portfolio of entertainment brands including high profile talent. You'll thrive in our fast-paced environment and articulate positions related to brand endorsement and intellectual property licensing in a way that balances business needs with risk mitigation, with an eye on achieving business results.  As a member of the legal team, you will draft and negotiate Authentic’s key entertainment deals in tandem with Authentic’s business development and brand management teams. You'll report directly to the Senior Vice President, Legal - Entertainment, who is based in New York and the position also regularly interacts with Authentic’s Global offices, Intellectual Property Department and other internal business units (e.g., Marketing/Communications, Finance, Operations, etc.).

 What you’ll be working on

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements relating to endorsements, intellectual property licensing (with an emphasis on trademarks and copyrights), sponsorships, entertainment, sports, art and working with galleries (including NFTs), media marketing (e.g., influencers and talent), events, music, e-commerce, and general commercial matters. Work also includes permission and clearance agreements, term sheets, agreements/rules for sweepstakes / contests, legal letters and settlement agreements.
  • Providing advice and counsel regarding trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property.
  • Coordinating directly and efficiently with colleagues from Authentic’s business development, brand management, and marketing teams.
  • Enabling the business to timely achieve its targets, while respecting the Company’s principles and applicable laws, and assisting in embedding these principles into the Company’s processes and decisions.
  • Implementing and overseeing corporate policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Assist in-house and outside counsel with ongoing general matters for the Legal Department, as required in the day-to-day functioning of the Company and the Legal Department.

Must Haves: 

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, and a valid license to practice law in New York State. 
  • A minimum of 3 years of legal experience at a law firm with an entertainment focus and/or equivalent in-house experience at a media/entertainment company, professional sports organization, or consumer product company. 
  • Proven ability to accept and action instructions concerning both specific assignments and general


  • Demonstrative track record of ownership and accountability for projects, duties, and tasks.
  • Is successful at “managing up” including asking questions to seek clarification and alignment on projects and duties, and managing supervisor expectations.
  • Proficiency with: MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • English fluency is a must; proficiency and/or fluency in additional languages is a plus.
  • A passion for the intersection of entertainment, business, and the law.

Primary Location Salary Rang:

$100,000 - $120,000

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