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Film, TV, & Corporate

Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs (TV)

Santa Monica, Los Angeles Film, TV, & Corporate
We are expanding our Business & Legal Affairs team at Skydance and are looking for an experienced Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs to support our growing television division. Reporting to the EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, TV, the ideal candidate will have an extensive background in negotiating and drafting all facets of live action television production contracts, including production agreements, producer, director and writer agreements, etc. #Media

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyze deal opportunities and formulate business strategies with respect to various scripted television development and production matters
  • Analyze, review, and interpret contracts; provide thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues
  • Structure, negotiate and draft a high volume of scripted development and production agreements, including license agreements, executive producer agreements, writer agreements, director agreements, rights agreements and talent/test option agreements
  • Oversee production legal for various productions, working with a broad range of in-house personnel (e.g., creative, production, etc.)
  • Develop and suggest policies and parameters in connection with various business practices
  • Advise on any BA/Legal-related matters (including guild/union issues, integrations, consumer products) as well as reviewing budgets and other financial documents both with internal clients and outside production companies
  • Maintain relationships with key agencies, managers, and attorneys in the entertainment community
  • Requirements:

  • JD, and a current member of a State Bar
  • 5+ years prior experience at an entertainment law firm and/or media entertainment company with substantial experience in scripted television development and production
  • Extensive and in-depth knowledge of negotiating and documenting entertainment scripted transactions with an ability to operate independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be detailed oriented and possess superior negotiation, drafting, organizational and time management skills
  • Solid working knowledge of guild and union issues and various entertainment industry customs and practices
  • Previously established relationships with key agencies, managers, and attorneys in the entertainment community
  • Must have a cooperative, positive, team-oriented approach
  • Ability to develop highly effective and productive working relationships with senior company executives
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and succinct manner both verbally and in writing
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.  

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