NBC Universal VP Business and Legal Affairs in Glendale, California

Job Number 33520BR

Job Title VP Business and Legal Affairs

Business Segment Film

Sub-Business Film Features Animation Support

Posting Category Legal & Business Affairs

About Us From the award-winning storytellers, artist and innovators at DreamWorks Animation and DreamWorks Animation Television come the beloved characters and stories that come alive on the big and small screens. From films like Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls to original TV series including Trollhunters, Voltron and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, DreamWorks Animation continues to bring home the laughter, fun and courage to dream.

Visit www.dreamworksanimation.com to see our latest animated film and television productions.

DreamWorks is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Career Level Experienced

Country United States

State/Province California

City Glendale

Responsibilities

Role Summary:

The Vice President Business Affairs attorney for TV Animation will be responsible for negotiating above-the-line agreements for animated TV series produced by DWA and its affiliated entities, including agreements for creators, writers, executive producers, supervising producers, directors, voice actors and consultants. The attorney will handle rights acquisitions for animated TV series, including literary work options and acquisitions. The attorney will be expected to be able to present, develop, and guide deal negotiations through to closure. The attorney will be expected to draft agreements, particularly with respect to more complex transactions.

Reporting: Position reports to DreamWorks Animation Television, SVP / Head of Business Affairs

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate above-the-line agreements for TV series developed and/or produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and its affiliated entities.

  • Negotiate production services agreements and international co-production agreements.

  • Negotiate for the acquisition of intellectual property rights.

  • Responsible for reviewing contracts drafted by the production attorneys to ensure compliance with deal terms.

  • Draft and distribute memos summarizing deal parameters.

  • Draft and negotiate contracts.

  • Maintain relationships with attorneys, agents and other representatives in the entertainment community.

  • Advise and interface with all key company departments, including development, production, accounting, finance, labor and employment, marketing, promotions, consumer products, insurance, tax, distribution, trademark, and clearance teams on matters related to animated series.

Qualifications/Requirements

Basic Qualifications:

  • Member of California Bar and JD from top-tier accredited law school.

  • Minimum of 10-15 years relevant experience in a motion picture studio, production company, network or law firm.

  • Superior negotiation, communication, drafting skills

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work under deadline

  • Superior organizational skills and ability to handle and track a high volume workload

  • Transactional experience. Experience drafting and negotiating animation and live action television, and/or other entertainment contracts is required.

  • Ability to build interdepartmental relationships at all levels.

  • A self-motivated, proactive attorney capable of working autonomously and as a member of a team in a fast-pace entertainment environment.Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered

  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program