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Director, Business & Legal Affairs

Company name

First Look Media

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Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jul 19, 2020

Valid Through

Nov 01, 2020

Posted on

Jul 06, 2020

Years of Experience

5-7 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Entertainment and New Media >> Entertainment and New Media
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Director, Business & Legal Affairs
The candidate will draft and negotiate agreements for all aspects of scripted and non-scripted/documentary television, feature film, digital video, and podcast development, financing, production, and distribution, including option-purchase and other rights acquisitions agreements, writer agreements, talent and crew agreements, and production services agreements. Draft and negotiate television and film license and acquisitions agreements. Provide day-to-date legal oversight and advice on all aspects of production, including without limitation, appearance releases, archival releases, music licenses, and location agreements; make informed judgment calls with respect to licensing and fair use; advise on guild and insurance-related issues; etc. Must have expertise in non-scripted/documentary content. Review programs prior to distribution to flag potential issues as related to IP, rights of privacy and publicity, and defamation. Review and negotiate various vendor, service provider, and event agreements. Direct communication with all First Look/Topic departments (including Programming, Production, Marketing, Social Media, Finance, and HR), First Look/Topic’s outside counsel, third party filmmakers and artists, and opposing counsel and agents.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have 5-7 years of direct entertainment/media business, contracts, and production experience, at a law firm, network, studio, or production company; particular experience with non-scripted/documentary financing, development, and production is a must. Member of the bar (NY, CA, or a different state). Excellent contract drafting skills and proven experience with entertainment law and contracts, preferably including production agreements. Proven experience with production legal work, including talent agreements, director and crew agreements, and rights and clearances. Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with internal clients as well as opposing counsel. Excellent negotiation skills with opposing counsel and agents. Excellent organizational and time-management skills; must be able to handle a varied and high-volume workload and to multi-task under pressure. Positive, can-do, team-player attitude; no job is too large or too small. Must be resourceful and proactive. Strong interest in and enthusiasm for First Look and Topic’s business and the entertainment and media business more broadly.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
First Look Media
114 5th Ave
New York City, NY 10011

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