Westbrook is a mission driven company formed to empower artists to tell stories that connect the world.  At Westbrook Inc., we provide strategic, financial, legal, and other back-end support to our existing subsidiary companies (Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media, Good Goods, Red Table Talk Productions, Inc., and Westbrook International), develop new business opportunities, and share our learnings, skills, and tools with new talent creating art and media across all major platforms. With Westbrook’s reach, expertise, and resources, we are poised to be a leader in the global, multiplatform content marketplace.  

Westbrook Media, a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc. seeks a Director, Production Legal to be responsible for all aspects of content production and execution of brand sponsorship deals -- including negotiating, structuring and drafting talent, rights, and production-related agreements; evaluating chain of title; advising on defamation, privacy, intellectual property matters in connection with reviewing content; and providing time-sensitive, thoughtful, practical and consensus-oriented advice on a wide variety of issues that arise during pre through post production.  

This position reports directly to our Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Westbrook Media. 

In This Role, You Will: 

  • Negotiate, draft and review a high volume of production-related agreements, including talent agreements, appearance releases, location agreements, materials releases, music licenses, etc. 
  • Respond to a variety of legal issues (including contract and personnel matters) that arise during the production process; elevate to Media and Inc level leadership based on risk assessment.  
  • Review NDAs, maintain legal forms, handle contract management systems and maintain rights charts.
  • Liaise between internal business partners and client teams during contract development and negotiation.
  • Conduct rights analyses, summarize existing and proposed agreements.
  • Perform research on rights, media platforms, legal provisions, guild requirements, and industry and territory-specific laws and requirements
  • Maintain knowledge base of resources and industry best practices, develop process improvements, and partner with Inc Compliance to conduct  compliance-related trainings geared to our production workforce.
  • Learn and implement the company’s review and approval protocols for different agreement types.
  • Additional responsibilities as delegated by the Head of Business and Legal Affairs.

Requirements: 

  • JD degree from an accredited law school required. Admission to California state bar required and membership must be in good standing.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience working in production legal and/or business affairs -- ideally including experience working at a fast-paced digital or short form media company.
  • Understanding of the content production process, especially knowledge of rights, clearances and guild and union regulations.
  • Must have knowledge of the law and legal environment of the entertainment industry sufficient to draft and negotiate legal documents and counsel management and production executives on legal implications of their actions.
  • Experience and comfort editing and negotiating a variety of production related agreements
  • Excellent communication, organization, time management, problem solving and interpersonal skills; impeccable judgement, and integrity.
  • Can do attitude and a willingness to roll up sleeves and tackle any level of work.
  • Must be able to function effectively both  independently and as a collaborative team player; multi-task under pressure; and manage a high-volume workload efficiently in a team-oriented environment.

Who You Are: 

  • Organized; you love creating docs and databases; you are detail oriented and like check-lists. Writing is one of your specialities.
  • A problem solver; you know how to skillfully engage in an analytical process to achieve the best possible solution; you’re not easily frustrated by obstacles - in fact, they energize you. 
  • Direct and concise; you communicate effectively and with a situation-appropriate tone, whether over the phone, in person, e-mail, memos, presentations. 
  • Kind;  you treat others with respect regardless of the circumstances; you are skilled at connecting with people and building interpersonal relationships.

Westbrook is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Westbrook believes that diversity and inclusion among our colleagues is critical to our success as a company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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