Spin Master Entertainment - Director of Business Affairs in Toronto

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 5/19/2018

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Spin Master Entertainment - Director, Business Affairs - Toronto

Are you looking to further your career with an industry leading, global children's entertainment company?

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you!

What’s it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; we are building a legacy and welcome individuals with a proven track record of driving results.  

The Role:

The role of the Director of Business Affairs is critical to ensure the smooth running of Entertainment’s Development and Production departments and to ensure Spin Master’s receipt of tax credits. The Director of Business Affairs works directly with Entertainment’s Production and Development Teams to ensure all development and production business affairs issues – from agreements to insurance policies and copyright clearances – are resolved efficiently on a timely basis. The Director of Business Affairs will not only be an exceptionally strong technical entertainment lawyer, but also be commercially aware, with demonstrable experience in working in animation. The role will require the ability to work independently, as well as collaborating with Spin Master executives to resolve business affairs issues related to development contracts, pre-sales/licence agreements, production agreements, exploitation agreements, and other Entertainment-related business affairs issues as they arise. The Director of Business Affairs needs to have excellent communication skills with all levels of staff, independent contractors and outside parties, and will be expected to work closely with business and legal affairs peers and colleagues, commercial colleagues, and other stakeholders (inside and outside) including, for certainty, Canadian broadcasters, ACTRA, CAVCO, and animation service providers to the benefit of Entertainment specifically, and Spin Master in general.

What we can expect from you:

  • Being responsible for ensuring legal compliance within Canadian Content rules and regulations.
    • Keeping apprised of the following funding guidelines: Canada Media Fund (CMF), Shaw Rocket Fund, Bell New Media Fund, federal and provincial tax credit applications.
    • Being responsible for handling non-finance specific communications with CAVCO, the OMDC, unions and guilds regarding Entertainment’s Development and Production projects and always in partnership with VP Operations & Legal and Sr. Director Finance & Business Development.
    • Overseeing the creation of and maintaining a system for tracking option and other expiry dates; precedents; name, likeness and biography obligations; credit, publicity and promotion obligations; all other contractual obligations; and, tracking all of the foregoing.
    • Drafting development offers, deal memos and long-form agreements, with input from Entertainment’s Development and Production Teams, including writer, creator and other talent agreements, and, working closely with the respective agents/lawyers to expedite the closing of such agreements.
    • Reviewing various agreements to ensure they comply with Entertainment’s standards and values.
    • Assisting Sr. Director Finance & Business Development, Entertainment with interim financing paperwork and bank closings.
    • Instructing script clearance houses to prepare clearance reports, and title clearance companies to prepare title reports, and advising the VP Operations & Legal on rights clearances, title report and areas and levels of risk and exposure.
    • Negotiating, drafting and finalizing all required releases per project.
    • Overseeing the Contracts Administrator & Rights Manager in the tracking and diarizing legal and business affairs deliverables for each project, and being responsible for ensuring that all such deliverables are delivered on a timely basis.
    • Reviewing credits, billing blocks and paid ads credits to ensure contractual compliance with all applicable agreements.
    • Other business affairs tasks as may be required by the VP Operations & Legal, Entertainment.

Job Requirements

You should apply if you have the following:

  • Qualified lawyer with a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a top tier Canadian or American university
    • Substantial experience (5 - 7 years) working in a television legal and business affairs department, legal affairs department and/or entertainment law firm.

What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Open Mindset
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Driving Results
  • Entrepreneurship

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