Counsel, Legal + Business Affairs @ A24 (NY Based)

New York

 

Based in our New York office, A24 is currently seeking an attorney to join our Legal and Business Affairs team to provide support to all of our business groups. You should be a motivated self-starter with a strong interest in intellectual property, film finance, film and television development, production and distribution. This role will be an integral member of a highly collaborative Legal and Business Affairs team.

 

Initial Responsibilities

  • Provide practical, day-to-day business and legal affairs advice to internal business teams on general legal matters affecting A24
  • Advise business partners with respect to legal rights and contractual responsibilities, guild agreements, intellectual property matters, claims and other matters arising out of the day-to-day production of film and television productions
  • Structure, negotiate, and draft a wide variety of domestic and international media and entertainment-related agreements including development, production and distribution deals, talent agreements, releases, licenses, partnership deals, services agreements, consulting agreements, music licenses, network deals, promotion agreements and option agreements.
  • Structure, negotiate, document, and manage transactions to acquire and distribute content from 3rd parties and by way of co-productions worldwide.
  • Support A24’s business units in drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including licensing, advertising, business development, marketing, events, and other commercial and operational contracts
  • Develop and maintain relationships at major talent agencies, networks, law firms, financiers, production companies and other relevant industry contacts.
  •  Establish and maintain familiarity with the requirements of, and relationships with, all the major entertainment guilds (WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, etc).
  • Establish and maintain key stakeholder relationships with regular, effective and timely communications concerning deal negotiation and business strategy
  • Contribute toward improving deal parameters, deal memo templates, long form agreements, and departmental resources, processes and procedures
  • Day-to-day manager to legal intern(s)

Ideal Candidate

  • J.D. from top-tier law school with strong academic performance and membership in good standing in New York or California bar
  • 2-5 years of transactional experience working in a television or film business affairs department, legal affairs department and/or entertainment law firm.
  • Familiarity with distribution-related and/or acquisition agreements, production clearance issues and ability to handle copyright and trademark matters
  • Solid expertise with respect to guild and union agreements, contracts, and intellectual property law
  • Strong attention to detail, project management, time management, long-term planning skills and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills, including clear and effective written and verbal communication skills, negotiating skills, strong drafting abilities and a can-do, no job is too small, team attitude.
  • Presentation skills; professional individual who can build strong relationships, both internally and externally, and is able to comfortably interact with all levels of employees.
  • Ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities, pivot quickly, think practically and be solution-oriented.
  • Humble, diligent and resourceful

About A24

Based in NY and LA, A24 is the Academy Award winning studio behind feature films such as Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project, Moonlight, Ex Machina, Amy, Room, The Witch, and Good Time and TV shows such as Amazon’s Comrade Detective, USA’s Playing House and NBC's The Carmichael Show.




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