Overview and Responsibilities

Job Title: Manager, Business & Legal Affairs (Los Angeles, CA)

Department: Labor & Employment, Production Risk Team


The Production Risk Team advises Business & Legal Affairs, Production Executives, Creative Executives, and Press Executives on a number of areas of expertise, including but not limited to: background checks, psychological and medical evaluations, child labor, immigration, foreign travel, safety, and security.  We are looking for leaders who are creative problem solvers with a passion for advising executives in legal and publicity issues. This is a demanding, strategic, and rewarding role, requiring proven top-notch inductive and deductive reasoning skills.  Role includes setting protocols for individual productions, analyzing large amounts of information and presenting it to executives in a clear and concise manner, and remaining unflustered in juggling dozens of projects at once.  This person is expected to contribute to the organizational effectiveness of the team.  The most effective people in this role have been individuals who have worked in legal environments, but who are looking beyond traditional transactional law or litigation. Position reports to Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review and analyze background checks, psychological and medical evaluations, and other information to identify potential legal and media risks with respect to potential show participants. Review and analyze background checks for crew members for same.
  • Advise Business & Legal Affairs Executives and Production Executives on child labor laws in all 50 states and internationally including but not limited to permitting, hours restrictions, trust accounts, education, and parental supervision requirements.  Subsequently fill out child labor applications and follow up on the issuing of child labor permits and compliance with additional requirements.
  • Advise on minors’ contract affirmations.
  • Review visas and supporting documentation of non-citizens for any necessary work authorizations.
  • Work with immigration counsel to determine legal justifications for appropriate entry documents and to gather information for visa applications when necessary.
  • Redline casting notices and casting applications for compliance with labor and employment laws and company protocols.
  • Liaise with Safety and Security departments regarding show protocols.
  • Research and advise production crews regarding foreign travel visas, work authorizations, filming permits, carnets (for traveling with equipment) and foreign corrupt practices act information for productions traveling outside of the U.S.
  • Research impromptu risk issues on productions and advise on mitigation of such risks.
  • Be able to own team projects which enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the team.

Basic Qualifications

  • Effectively and efficiently determine overall project needs, organize project requirements into tasks, and prioritize according to deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize without becoming easily flustered from multiple deadlines and multiple emergencies at one time.
  • Able to take direction from multiple people at one time and to handle interruptions in work flow.
  • Understands and works with a sense of urgency.
  • Effectively and ethically problem solve from a risk perspective.
  • Exceptional ability to research outside of traditional legal resources and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to act and work independently.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment and analytic skills.
  • Possesses both inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Ability to read and analyze criminal and civil documents.
  • Ability to work with diverse styles and colleagues based across the country.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Strong experience in a legal department or J.D. preferred (may be bar pending)
  • Prefer at least one year legal experience at a law firm or production company with experience in one or more of the following areas: TV/Film production law, labor & employment law, administrative law, child labor law, or criminal law (multiple internships in entertainment law acceptable)
  • A working knowledge of television production a plus
  • Journalism, marketing, or criminal justice experience or undergrad degree a plus
  • Knowledge of Sharepoint a plus
  • Must know Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


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