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VP, Business & Legal Affairs - Animated Television

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
 
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Skydance Animation is seeking an experienced VP, Business & Legal Affairs. The candidate will be responsible for a wide range of agreements for with a focus on television/series including, without limitation, development attachments, rights, directors, producers, executive producers, writers, voice talent, independent contractors, production services , vendor and license agreements and advising on clearance issues. This position will report to the SVP of Business & Legal Affairs. #Animation

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Handling a wide variety of development and production business & legal affairs matters;
  • Participating in select company meetings
  • Dealing with lawyers, agents and managers on making deals with talent attached to television/series;
  • Creating initial drafts of agreements and redlining and revising agreements;
  • Working with, and advising how to improve, legal templates;
  • Creating deal summaries for internal distribution;
  • Creating, updating, maintaining and distributing various charts tracking rights anption dates and distributing notification emails internally;
  • Serving as a resource to other departments within the company to update other departments on the status of certain items and to help drive the efficiency of the department;
  • Conducting legal research on an as needed basis.
  • Requirements:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California
  • 8-10 years of post JD legal experience, including 3-5+ years working in U.S. animated television business & legal affairs with a production company, network, streamer and/or law firm
  • Have experience handling development, and production business & legal affairs matters for features, television and digital media programming
  • Knowledge of copyright, trademark and contract law
  • Can work with a sense of urgency sensitive to the demands and deadlines of productions operating simultaneously across multiple time zones
  • Have good relationships within the entertainment industry, including with studios, networks, agencies, law firms, and other production companies
  • Have the interest, ability, and ambition to effectively and efficiently handle many responsibilities
  • Solid working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) including redlining
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Are a self-starter and team player and are ready to hit the ground running
  • Have the legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Knowledge of guild and union agreements governing the animation industry
  • 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.