Content Legal Lead

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About Calm

We have a simple mission at Calm: To make the world a happier and healthier place.
 
The heart of Calm is digital but the brand is expanding offline into a variety of products and services that bring more peace, clarity and perspective into people’s busy lives. We are building Calm into the Nike of the Mind. We believe Calm can become one of the most valuable and meaningful brands in the world.
 
Over 75 Million people have downloaded the app and we are growing by 100,000 new downloads a day. The company is profitable and headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
 
Calm was co-founded by Alex Tew (Million Dollar Homepage) and Michael Acton Smith (Mind Candy, Moshi Monsters, Firebox).
 
 
Mission

Calm’s content library and the languages in which such content is offered are expanding along with the growing number of high quality opportunities to gain brand exposure. Thus, the corresponding number of contracts is climbing and the nature of the branding relationships is growing more complex.


Copyright, trademark and rights of publicity underlie those contracts, so experience with these legal issues is crucial. Relationships that require Calm content to be distributed elsewhere (other than the Calm Platform) would benefit from experience with a variety of distribution and publication platforms/channels.

 

About the Role:

We’re looking for a hard-working, self-starter to serve as our first Content Legal Lead to help build and scale our growing Legal team. A successful candidate will work with our Content team (meditation, music, Sleep Stories and Masterclasses/Daily Coach) and Partnerships team to structure, negotiate and draft agreements required to develop, produce and distribute our slate of original and licensed audio content, including talent services agreements, talent releases, IP licensing agreements and co-promotional collaboration agreements. This role will advise on issues that impact both the legal and business aspects of production. 

You’ll be responsible for maintaining and developing new template agreements to stay current on new licensing models to ensure that the templates, current and future agreements include the ideal provisions to meet the business’ minimum requirements as well as consult with decision-makers to inform their business strategy decisions. You will assist with and advise on deal structures and negotiations.

 

Outcomes: 

  • Draft, review and negotiate license agreements, MSAs, amendments and statements of work and draft and maintain templates of the same for all new and existing Content sources (narrators, writers/authors, meditation and motivational instructors, artists, musicians and composers) and Marketing and Partnerships brands and companies. 
  • Work with internal teams (Product, Partnerships, Marketing and User Acquisition) to inform future and current legal tactics, template provisions and the legal work queue.
  • Support Calm’s legal needs generally.

Competencies: 

  • An attorney licensed to practice law in California or New York
  • Strong and high quality law firm experience with 5+ years of in-house legal experience that is a combination of entertainment industry legal issues (copyright, trademark, music publishing, publicity rights) and familiarity with software development and app-based and web-based publishing. 
  • Strong experience in production and development of audio or audio-visual content, with background negotiating agreements related to publishing, distribution, production and rights acquisition, as well as talent services.
  • Track record of leading deal negotiations with ability to incorporate needs of cross-functional stakeholders into a cohesive strategy for deal structure.
  • Up-to-date, with the support of Calm’s legal subject matter experts, on U.S. and international laws and regulations dealing with privacy, data security, consumer protection and marketing.
  • A highly motivated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment who enjoys being part of multiple teams and can be sensitive to multiple priorities
  • Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills

Nice-to-Haves: 

  • Experience and familiarity with industry guilds and labor unions, such as SAG/FTRA
 
 
Benefits
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Unlimited PTO
  • We pay your medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums
  • 401K
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life insurance and disability benefits
  • Apple equipment
  • Opportunity to work with a product focused on making the world happier and healthier
  • And much more! 

Calm is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, both in our hiring practices and in our experiences as a Calm employee. We strive to create a mindful and respectful environment where everyone can bring their authentic self to work, and experience a culture that is free of harassment, racism, and discrimination. 

Calm is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

Calm is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. Please inform Calm’s Recruiting team if you need any assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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Location

77 Geary St 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

An Insider's view of Calm

What are some things you learned at the company?

The most important thing I’ve learned at Calm is how to evaluate and scope a project so that it regularly delivers value for our company and stakeholders. As an engineer, it helps us prioritize when there’s a lot to do, effectively weight tradeoffs and evaluate requirements so i can see my contributions and feel proud of them.

Kamla

Data Engineering Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

By making our team a safe space for creative ideas!
Within engineering, I help drive and facilitate projects that make our team happier and more productive! For example: making our interview process more junior friendly, improving our remote onboarding, and addressing tech debt etc.

Ellen

Director of Engineering

What are Calm Perks + Benefits

Calm Benefits Overview

We're committed to supporting our team in every aspect of their personal and professional lives. That goes way beyond 'perk's. We'll cover 100% of your health, dental, and vision, and give you monthly stipends for your fitness and wellness routines too. When we say PTO is Take What You Need, we really mean it, whether that's a mental health day, or a trip around the world. Your home office should be as functional and inspirational as your office office. We'll give you a WFH stipend to help. Your family is a vital part of community too. That's why we offer baby bonding leave to all salaried employees. Calm can only grow if you do. We offer a great salary, equity, 401(k), and even a generous extended learning budget. Our calendar of (virtual) social events ensures you always feel part of, and close with, the team, no matter where you are.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Acme's health insurance policy covers up to 100% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
100 dollar wellness
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Fitness Subsidies
To celebrate how Calm is working to make the world happier and healthier, employees are given the benefit of a $100 monthly wellness stipend to put toward their own happiness and health.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Calm provides a $750 work from home budget to go towards creating a more comfortable and productive home workspace.
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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