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Associate Principal Counsel

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 768990BR Location San Francisco, California, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States Business Lucasfilm Date posted Dec. 16, 2020

Job Summary:

We are looking for an attorney who reflects the innovative spirit, creative talent, production excellence, collaborative mindset and passion for great filmmaking that define Lucasfilm.

This position can be based in San Francisco or Los Angeles and will report to the head of Lucasfilm Business and Legal Affairs.

Lucasfilm’s business spans the entire entertainment spectrum, including production of original live-action and animated content for film and television, visual effects and audio production for external clients, licensed products, and gaming. Lucasfilm’s Business and Legal Affairs team supports all of these activities to execute on the creative team’s vision to ensure a cohesive Star Wars narrative that plays across multiple media.

Our Business and Legal Affairs team is a small, tight knit group working very closely with production and key creatives. We seek a collaborative attorney with a great sense of humor, attributes key to our success in meeting the multiple demands and tight deadlines of a fast-paced production environment.

Duties of the Counsel position will primarily involve negotiating and drafting all aspects of development and production agreements for streaming episodic development and production. Teaming closely with Principal Counsel, this position may also plan, evaluate, review, draft and negotiate a variety of technology and commercial agreements. This position will also manage important relationships with the legal teams’ business and entertainment partners, review and analyze agreements, and advise company executives and producers on transactional and strategic issues relating to episodic production.


  • Draft agreements for directors, producers, writers, actors, voice talent, casting directors, locations, production services, and other production related deals for streaming episodic development and production.
  • Resolve episodic production related issues, including in connection with applicable guilds regarding re-use of footage, background uses of artwork, fair use, etc.
  • Anticipate and identify issues and risks, recommending potential solutions, and identifying trends in the areas of law relating to entertainment and technology.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Combined minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at a reputable law firm and/or one or more networks/studios handling development and production work for television series and/or movies. Animation and distribution experience (or knowledge of industry), strongly preferred.
  • Excellent academic credentials and references, solid analytical skills, and a teamwork oriented attitude required.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to interact effectively with individuals inside and outside the company from varied production disciplines, such as senior creative and production executives and artists.
  • Experience working with a wide range of entertainment and/or technology agreements a plus.
  • Ability to evaluate and reconcile issues from the business-unit and enterprise level perspective.
  • Ability to prioritize and take initiative, maintain attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, with the ability to follow through on numerous projects.
  • Ability to work in an environment with a high degree of confidentiality.

Required Education

Admission to California State Bar Association (or Registered In-House Counsel) and law degree from an accredited law school.

About Lucasfilm:

Lucasfilm is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects, audio post-production and cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

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 Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC 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, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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