Sky – Legal Counsel (Content Distribution & Partnerships) 9 month FTC

Posted on 29th April 2021
Type Contract, Fixed Term
Specialism Corporate
Deadline 29th May 2021

Job Description

Sky – Legal Counsel (Content Distribution & Partnerships) 9 month FTC

Apply here by 29 May 2021

Want to do the best work of your life? With 24 million customers in 7 countries, make your mark at Europe’s leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work.#

The Distribution and Partnerships team delivers industry-leading content deals alongside Sky’s most creative and innovative commercial teams.

This is a broad role which primarily supports:

  • The Channels & Partnerships team in their arrangements with Sky’s key pay channel and D2C brands (such as Viacom, Discovery and Disney+) and their arrangements with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, including overseeing the content aspects of the programming joint ventures in which Sky is involved
  • The Channel Distribution team in their arrangements to make Sky channels and content available on other platforms, such as Virgin Media, BT and Talk Talk
  • The Business Development & Strategic Partnerships Team in their commercial arrangements to bring the latest innovation to Sky via significant deals with a broad spectrum of players, ranging from start-ups (such as Roku) to global players (such as Google).

What you’ll do:

  • Working closely with your commercial and legal colleagues in the UK & Ireland and collaborating with colleagues in Italy and Germany and in the wider Comcast NBC Universal Group to deliver great third party channels (from players such as Discovery, Viacom and UKTV) and apps (such as Disney+ and Netflix) to Sky customers, as well as securing the best distribution opportunities for Sky channels and content (such as NOW TV) on other platforms
  • Drafting commercial contracts for our channels and app deals and related arrangements, including collaborating across different legal teams and commercial, strategy, finance, product and technology teams across Sky
  • Working as part of a larger legal team on high-profile, strategically important deals
  • Managing smaller deals independently
  • Advising commercial stakeholders on legal and commercial risks, potential impacts and proposing solutions
  • Presenting complex legal concepts in an easy to digest manner that aids commercial decision making
  • Gaining an in-depth understanding of Sky’s business and products as well as the wider TV landscape

What you’ll bring:

  • Strong academics, legal qualifications and good experience in private practice or in a leading in-house team
  • Excellent attention to detail, with strong analytical and commercial drafting skills
  • Proactivity and good organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a positive outlook and the ability to build trust and rapport at all levels and work collaboratively across the Sky Group to deliver Sky’s objectives
  • An ability to think laterally and identify creative, customer-focused solutions
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to distil complex issues into concise summaries that are suitable for commercial stakeholders
  • An ability to adapt quickly, organise, prioritise and plan effectively in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities

The following experience is helpful but not essential

  • Corporate/JV legal expertise
  • Working knowledge of copyright law as it applies to content deals

Team Overview

As a team, we pursue the highest standards and demonstrate commitment, integrity and judgement. We exist to add real value by sustainably providing the highest quality business-focussed legal expertise that keeps Sky competitive. Through our work we help to bring better content and innovation to all of our customers, better connecting them to more of what they love. Our vision is to create the Legal team of the future, together – operating at the heart of Sky, famous for adding value.

The Rewards:

There’s a reason people can’t stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

  • Access to free NOWTV, for streaming all your favourite shows
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband

Where you’ll work:

Our Osterley campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury, Acton Town and Ealing Broadway tube stations. There’s also plenty of parking, bike shelters and showers.

On campus you’ll find six subsidised restaurants and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon!


Recognised as an ‘Inclusive Top 50 Employer’ and a ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’, we’re working hard to ensure we’re a truly inclusive place to work. This means we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more focused on who you are and the potential you’ll bring to Sky. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we’re happy to discuss flexible working.

And we’ll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Why wait?

Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media. A job you love to talk about.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.

Apply here by 29 May 2021

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