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Director, Business & Legal AffairsLocation Burbank, California, United States Job ID 168964BR Apply Now
We are recruiting a Director, Business & Legal Affairs to join WB Animation’s Business & Legal Affairs team. This position will have day-to-day business and legal affairs responsibilities for the development and production of Warner Bros. animated television series, direct-to-video and feature productions.
- Drafts agreements for all facets of animation development, production and distribution, including network, cable and new media license agreements, above-the-line agreements, option and literary purchase agreements, production services agreements, studio facility agreements, assignments, releases, contingent compensation definitions, and other related agreements.
- Negotiates deals to engage above the line talent (writers, producers, directors and voice talent) and below the line talent (casting and voice directors) in connection with production and development of animated series.
- Manages the clearance department and supervises two clearance administrators; Responsible for maintaining clearance policies and resolving day-to-day clearance inquiries in conjunction with the clearance team.
- Provides business and legal services to creative executives, production department and show producers, preparation and negotiation of releases, voice talent agreements, chain-of-title memos, and other development and production–related matters.
- Coordinates legal matters with other WB departments, including employment, labor, IP, litigation, music, etc., and advise creative executives and productions accordingly.
- Researches rights to exploit properties in various markets and rights of talent in connection with such exploitation.
- Researches and answers inquiries regarding contracts, privacy rights, copyright laws, script clearances, guild requirements, and other legal matters.
- Updates form agreements (e.g. network and other licensing agreements, overall agreements, contingent compensation definitions, and writer-producer agreements).
- Member in good standing of a State Bar.
- Minimum of five years of entertainment law experience, preferably at a studio or network.
- Related television production/distribution experience.
- Solid work experience with respect to intellectual property law.
- Full working knowledge of copyright, trademark and contract law.
- Strong negotiation and legal drafting skills.
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