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Live-Action Features & Televsion

VP, Business & Legal Affairs (TV)

Santa Monica, Los Angeles Live-Action Features & Televsion
Skydance Media is looking for a Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs to join its television team in our Santa Monica headquarters. Reporting to the EVP of Business Affairs, the VP will handle all aspects of day-to-day scripted television development and production. #Media


  • Structure, negotiate and draft above-the-line agreements for writers, producers, performers, directors, casting directors, staffing, etc. for scripted television for distribution on all television and new media licensees/platforms
  • Negotiate and draft overall term deals, first look agreements, rights option and purchase agreements (books, articles, podcasts, etc.) and contingent compensation definitions
  • Negotiate license and co-production agreements, production services agreements, co-finance agreements and acquisition agreements. Must have an extensive knowledge of license and co-production terms for all platforms
  • Interface on a day-to-day basis with various internal groups (creative, production, finance, marketing/publicity, contract administration, etc.) and production personnel as needed
  • 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
  • Analyze, review, and interpret contracts; provide thoughtful legal advice on potential risks and issues
  • Requirements

  • Candidates should have a JD and substantial experience (8+ years) working in a television business affairs department, legal affairs department and/or entertainment law firm
  • Extensive experience in negotiating and drafting all manner of contracts for domestic development and production deals for television series
  • Strong legal acumen with the ability to demonstrate sound judgment
  • Working knowledge of entertainment guild rules & regulations
  • Familiarity with production clearance issues and ability to handle copyright and trademark matters
  • Exceptional understanding of licensing and co-production agreements and all other distribution-related and/or acquisition agreements
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Collaborative style with proven record of building strong relationships, both internally and externally at all levels
  • 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.