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Business Affairs Specialist

Dentons Canada LLP

Posted Apr 3 - Toronto

Position Summary

The firm is currently recruiting for a Business Affairs Specialist in the Entertainment group. The role is essential in ensuring the smooth running of the Entertainment groupís development, production and licensing/distribution practice areas.


Being responsible for ensuring legal compliance within Canadian Content rules
Keeping apprised of the following funding guidelines: Canada Media Fund (CMF), Shaw Rocket Fund, Bell New Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, federal and provincial tax credits
Being responsible for handling non-finance specific communications with CAVCO, the OMDC, unions and guilds regarding the Entertainment groupís Development and Production practice, and always in partnership with members of the Entertainmentís group
Overseeing the creation and implementation of, and maintaining, a system for tracking executed agreements, including 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 through a contracts management database.
Drafting offers, deal memos and long-form agreements, with input from members of the Entertainment group, 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 groupís standards and best practices.
Assisting Senior members of the Entertainment group 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 Entertainmentís Head of Business and Legal Affairs on rights clearances, title report and areas and levels of risk and exposure
Drafting and finalizing all required releases per project
Work closely with members of the Entertainment group 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 duties as assigned.

At least 3 years working in a film or television legal and business affairs department and/or entertainment law
Sound knowledge of the Canadian entertainment industry, including funding environment and all union and guild agreements and regulations and issues, in particular the WGC IPA, WGA, DGA, DGC, ACTRA IPA, SAG/AFTRA, related legal trends and business
Direct experience negotiating and papering production, development, writer/director/producer/talent agreements in the Canadian content childrenís animation
Experience working with international partners in animation, broadcasting and
Ability to multitask on several production, development and licensing/distribution issues at once
Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines, and deadline
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Good negotiation techniques and an ability to handle commercial, as well as a certain level of legal negotiations
Demonstrated commitment to privacy and ethical conduct.
Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter and resume by email to:

Human Resources
Dentons Canada LLP

Email: resumes.toronto@dentons.com

*We thank all applicants who apply, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Equal Opportunities

We believe that diversity and inclusion is essential to the success and strength of our firm. We believe that a proactive approach where we support and embrace our individual talents and differences enriches our firm, our professional practice and our communities. It offers us a broader perspective to foster more creative ideas and greater effectiveness, which enhances our ability to provide our clients with the best possible advice and service. Dentons Canada is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any accommodation requirements, we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.
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