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Director, Business Affairs

Apply Now Apply Later Current TFCF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10011872 Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business 20th Century Studios Date posted Jun. 22, 2021

Job Summary:


20th Century Studios

We are a collection of enduring brands and iconic, unforgettable characters. We create content for audiences big and small, reaching billions of people every day. Most of all, we are many individuals, each uniquely talented, each a critical piece to our puzzle, who collectively become a power. Desire to thrill and engage? Join us as we engage and inspire.



This position is primarily responsible for providing business affairs services for 20th Century Studios’ theatrical and streaming development and production activities.  You will report to the head of 20th Century Studio’s business affairs department.

Primary Responsibilities:
Experienced business affairs executive or entertainment attorney needed to negotiate various above-the-line deals as they relate to both theatrical and streaming motion pictures. You will negotiate agreements relating to the development, production, and distribution of feature length films, as needed; provide advice on guild issues, including SAG, DGA, WGA and foreign guilds; and oversee clearance and ancillary rights issues. You will advise production executives on business and legal issues relating to these areas and other areas, as assigned.

Other duties include:

  • Negotiate complex agreements for all forms of “above-the-line” talent, including directors, writers, actors, and voice talent, as well as rights deals including novels, films, comic books, and life story releases

  • Work closely with executives and producers to put deals into place

  • Work with and provide guidance to 20th Century Studio’s legal affairs; partner closely with Disney counsel on all other legal affairs as needed

  • Provide hands-on guidance and counseling to non-lawyer production staff members

  • Resolve production related issues, including in connection with applicable guilds


  • Must have graduated from an accredited law school a and have a combined minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience at a reputable law firm and/or one or more studios handling development and production work for feature length content.  Animation and distribution experience (or knowledge of industry) is a plus

  • Solid analytical skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a teamwork-oriented attitude required, as well as the ability to effectively negotiate and interact with talent representatives

  • Must be able to work under pressure with strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills, and possess the ability to interact effectively with people at many different levels, including senior executives, producers, production coordinators, other attorneys, diverse in-house client groups, and outside production personnel

  • Experience negotiating and drafting a wide-range of development, production and distribution agreements, plus a significant working knowledge of guild agreements. Intellectual property background is a plus

  • Must be able to prioritize heavy workload and matters on tight time schedules according to client needs

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About 20th Century Studios:

20th Century Studios is an Academy Award®-winning producer of feature films for both theatrical and streaming release. It is home to such iconic franchises as “Avatar,” “Alien,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Predator,” “Die Hard,” and “Kingsman” and creator of hit films including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Showman,” “The Martian,” and “Ford v Ferrari.” It also launched the successful “Deadpool” and “X-Men” film series. Among the studio’s current and upcoming slate are “The King’s Man,” “Death on the Nile,” “Free Guy,” “West Side Story,” and the “Avatar” sequels. Previously known as 20th Century Fox prior to becoming a part of The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios is recognized for its incredible 80-year legacy. It is the studio that brought the first six “Star Wars” films to theaters, in addition to standouts from across the decades, including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “All About Eve,” “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Abyss,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Speed,” “Cast Away,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Minority Report,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Revenant.”

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with 20th Century Studios, which is part of a business segment we call 20th Century Studios.

20th Century Studios is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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