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Gary A. Watson & Associates
1800 Century Park East, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA
Posted: July 11 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionThe Entertainment Law Intern will provide administrative, secretarial and paralegal support to entertainment lawyer, Gary A. Watson. His music industry clients have included Motown Records, Def Jam Records, Tommy Boy Records, Jimmy Jam's and Terry Lewis' Flyte Tyme Records and Dr. Dre. In the motion picture industry, his work has included representation of BET Pictures, II and the producers of the feature film, ''Get On The Bus,'' which was executive produced by Spike Lee and starred Ossie Davis and Charles Dutton. Television industry clients which he has served include BET, actress LisaGay Hamilton from the series ''The Practice,'' actress Suzzanne Douglas from the series ''The Parenthood,'' executive producer Kathleen McGhee Anderson on the series ''Lincoln Heights'' and the producer of the Showtime movie, ''Free of Eden,'' which stars Sidney Poitier. Gary most recently founded the law firm of Gary A. Watson & Associates and thus resumed running his own entertainment law practice. Before resuming ownership and operation of his own practice, Gary was Of-Counsel with Huron Law Group, LLP. At Huron Law Group, LLP, Gary oversaw the firm's entertainment law practice. Prior to his association with Huron Law Group, LLP, Gary practiced for 8 years as the owner and operator of the Law Offices of Gary A. Watson.
Before starting his first law office, Gary was a member of the Entertainment Department of the Century City, California law firm Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machting - er. As part of that firm's Entertainment Department, Gary handled a broad range of legal matters for clients engaged in virtually all aspects of the entertainment industry, including actors, directors, produc - ers, screenwriters, authors, publishers, musicians, song - writers, composers, independent production companies, special effects artists, financiers and major movie studios. The services provided involved the entertain - ment, general business, tax and other relevant aspects of each matter. Specifically, he negoti - ated, arranged and prepared contracts for the financing, develop - ment, production and exploitation of motion pictures, television programs, books, plays and musical recordings, as well as arranged agreements for the rendition of services by individuals in connection with such projects. Although Gary handled matters for clients who are well established in their respective fields, such as Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Nicole Kidman, Michael Jackson, Oliver Stone, Gene Hackman and others, he also represented up and coming talent.
Prior to joining Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger, Gary was an attorney in the Law Department of Universal Pictures at MCA, Inc. in Universal City, California. There, Gary handled the drafting and negotiation of rights holders, writers, producers, directors and actors agreements for feature films in development and production at Universal Pictures.
ResponsibilitiesPlease e-mail as soon as possible if you are interested in an internship with a specific written and comprehensive proposal which would (please include each and every item requested with all relevant details, as incomplete proposals will not be considered): (i) indicate that you acknowledge that the internship would be unpaid; (ii) indicate that you are interested in an unpaid internship and open to handling any and all administrative, secretarial and paralegal work that would be made available and include your resume; (iii) indicate the internship period (start and end dates) and the days, times and hours that you would like to intern and therefore guarantee that you would be available to intern, as well as, when you may come to the office for an in-person interview (which is required and costs and expenses for which shall not be paid); and (iv) indicate the type of experience that you would like to obtain and please let me know if you shall receive school credit for the internship and exactly what would be required of you and me in order that you obtain school credit (as well as provide all supporting documentation including, without limitation, all applications, information sheets and contracts).). I am looking for interns who would like to commit to an internship of no fewer than 16 hours (but the more hours the better) a week for no fewer than 12 weeks (but the longer the period the better).
RequirementsThe Intern's responsibilities will include such administrative, secretarial and paralegal support as answering phones, managing calls, managing calendar, drafting e-mail, correspondence and documents, word processing, creating spread sheets, billing and collections, ordering supplies and maintaining files. Accordingly, the intern will have exposure to the creative, business and legal aspects of the entertainment industry. Specifically, as and when possible, the intern shall experience the day to day workings of an entertainment law office. Such work shall give the intern the opportunity to gain an understanding of just how legal issues in the entertainment industry are addressed. Additionally, as and when possible, the intern shall be given the opportunity to interact with clients and learn about the type of employment and transactional contracts that are created in the entertainment industry.
Those who apply for the Entertainment Law Intern position should be mature, responsible, self motivated, hard working, detail oriented, tech savvy, personable and able to work under the pressure of the demands of deadlines and a heavy work load.
Applicants should type 60 words per minute or more and have strong proofreading skills. Applicants should have experience working in an office setting and, ideally, a strong working knowledge of, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Applicants should have excellent phone skills. Experience in billing and collections is preferred, but not essential. Applicants should posses the ability to learn quickly and with a minimal amount of training.
The Entertainment Law Internship is voluntary and unpaid. No benefits will be provided for gas, for parking or otherwise.
The intern must obtain school credit for the internship. Therefore, good faith efforts will be made to provide whatever documentation and/or information needed to do the same.
Please know that the Dept. of Labor and State of CA require interns at a for-profit company (like mine) to either be paid or receive academic credit for the internship. I therefore request and desire that you obtain school credit for the internship (and please know that I would like to make sure the Department of Labor and State of California requirements are met). Thus, my need to know if there is a way for you to become eligible to receive school credit for the internship and therefore if you can and will intern for credit.