Legal and Business Affairs Executive - Production - W/M

Date:  Aug 2, 2022

London , GB


STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all four major European markets – France, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.


STUDIOCANAL finances and produces around 25 films per year, partnering with talent to make films in English, French, German, Spanish and other European languages. It distributes around 50 films per year and owns one of the largest film libraries in the world, boasting nearly 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist and Belle de jour.


STUDIOCANAL also produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year and operates at an international level, by globally distributing its scripted productions and CANAL+ Création Originale (1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution).


STUDIOCANAL has developed a network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay) and LAILAPS FILMS (Wild Republic) in Germany, the UK’s RED Production Company (Finding Alice, Years and Years) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds, Extinction), Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Two Lives, On Death Row) and France’s STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm).


STUDIOCANAL and the CANAL+ Group, being aware of their responsibility as a media company, producer and distributor of content, share Vivendi’s eagerness to promote ambitious and inclusive creations, which also address the urgency of climate change

Position in the London office


DEPARTMENT - Legal and Business Affairs - International production and acquisitions, consisting of the Head of the department, two senior executives and a paralegal, based in the Paris office.


JOB DESCRIPTION- Legal and Business Affairs executive


Responsible for drafting, negotiating and revising a variety of agreements and documents in connection with international film and series production as well as contributing to other tasks handled by the department (including but not limited to international content acquisitions and remake/sequels agreements). Direct report to the Head of the department based in Paris.




 • Drafting, negotiation and review of underlying rights and development agreements including conducting chain of title review and of turnaround agreements


• Drafting, negotiation and review of agreements related to production including but not limited to commissioning, finance and distribution agreements, international co-production agreements, interparty agreements, production services agreements with international service providers (production and post-production) and pertaining security agreements


• Drafting, negotiation and review of agreements and documents related to day to day production work such as agreements for cast, crew, line producers, producers..etc


• Review, guidance and negotiation of clearances and music licenses agreements with clearance companies/music supervisors


• Review and guidance on signatory process with guilds with detailed understanding of collective bargaining agreements (mainly US and US guilds for production and music)


• Handle legal delivery of productions


• Conduct legal review of main/end titles and creative materials and related marketing materials in connection with international productions and acquisitions


• In case of disputes, analyse the issues at stake, drafting initial letters and then cease and desist letters. Prepare the litigation memo and pertaining documentation for our outside US and/or UK counsels as applicable and following all proceedings with them.


• Share the workload of other team members as required, which will include dealing with internal and external enquiries


• Supervise the work of the paralegal with the senior executives.





• 5+ years of experience in legal production work in-house business affairs/legal department or in a media law firm;

• strong skills in drafting contracts and documents and in negotiation to ensure the best terms are obtained;

• ability to manage multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines

• ability to analyze and assess business needs, spot issues and propose/implement solutions

• excellent communication and coordination skills and ability to work in a corporate and multi-national environment ;

• good team player;

• excellent attention to detail and ability to flag key issues to the team members

• effective written and oral communication skills in English is essential, basic notions of French would be a plus

• legal training (University degree in Law - UK and/or US law)