General Counsel

New York, NY

G/O Media connects with the young, diverse audiences that are shaping our future. Through fearless journalism, provoking comedy, and high-impact storytelling we elevate the stories and issues our readers and viewers are passionate about. G/O Media reaches 115MM unique visitors monthly and includes Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion Inc.

About the Role:

G/O Media is currently looking for a General Counsel to provide senior management with effective advice on G/O Media’s strategies and their implementation, manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. The General Counsel will also be the primary editorial lawyer for the company. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as key legal advisor on all major business transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures
  • Perform pre-publication review and analysis of investigatory and other journalism for defamation, privacy, copyright, newsgathering risks in various media (digital; video; podcast; events; etc)
  • Provide general advice and counsel to editorial team
  • Manage diverse legal issues, including those in media law, intellectual property, employment, corporate governance, and internal policy
  • Review and draft contracts
  • Identify risks across departments and recommend practical courses of action 
  • Oversee intellectual property licensing, and conduct fair use and right of publicity review of editorial and advertising content
  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide guidance and counsel on legal matters and implications of all matters
  • Advise on legal elements of the company’s financing -- assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities
  • Structure and manage G/O Media’s internal legal function and staff
  • Manage litigation
  • Work with unionized workforce; oversee employment and labor matters
  • Oversee the selection, retention, management and evaluation of all outside counsel



  • At least 10+ years experience in media, advertising, entertainment or related business
  • A member of the New York Bar in good standing
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational and computer skills
  • Extensive newsroom and/or pre-publication vetting experience; the ability to advise on copyright and fair use decisions
  • Sound business judgment, strong work ethic, ability to make legal and business decisions
  • Experience with commercial issues at a digital media company, network, production company or other media company or comparable experience at a law firm
  • Ability to handle multiple wide-ranging matters efficiently, to meet short deadlines and to learn new areas of expertise as business needs change
  • A passion for journalism or the media business overall


G/O Media is deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply. Our company-wide mission is to reach very diverse audiences and so, we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.

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