Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
North York, ON

Director Legal & Business Affairs

Wattpad WEBTOON Studios brings together technology, a diverse new generation of creators, and passionate global fandoms to create data-backed, audience-driven TV shows, films, and books. Leveraging incredible stories and insights from WEBTOON and Wattpad’s combined audience of more than 166 million people, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has pioneered a bold, global, fan-first approach to entertainment. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has worked with Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Crunchyroll, The Jim Henson Company, Vertigo Entertainment, Constantin Film, Penguin Random House, and many other leaders in entertainment and publishing.
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking a motivated, exceptional lawyer to direct a wide variety of negotiations and agreements across its global entertainment and publishing activities. The Director, Legal & Business Affairs will be primarily responsible for a portfolio of key deals across the Studio, as well as providing flexible, comprehensive support to business and creative executives and cross-functional teams. Reporting to Wattpad’s General Counsel with a dotted line to the VP, Operations of the Studio, the role will work closely with the Wattpad legal team, as well as managing outside counsel, and senior leadership across the Studio, to execute on major deals and support overall business acceleration. This is the Studios’ first full-time in-house legal counsel, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrated professional expertise, clear interpersonal excellence, and a high capacity to grow alongside this evolving business.
What you’ll be doing:
Drafting and negotiating all manner of business agreements across the Studio, including but not limited to: 
  • Option / purchase agreements for film, television and animation projects
  • Publishing agreements, both for direct publishing through Studios imprints and licenses to third-party publishers
  • First look and slate partnership agreements with Studios partners in entertainment and publishing, across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific
  • Advising Studios business leads in strategy and execution across a diverse portfolio of entertainment and publishing deal structures, opportunities and chains-of-title
  • Managing outside counsel efforts across development and production agreements, including talent and co-production agreements in North America and globally 
  • Providing analysis and advice as needed regarding legal rights and obligations, intellectual property and creator matters, actual or potential claims, and other legal matters across the Studio
  • Managing agreement status reporting and other legal operations, in coordination with internal and external legal, business and administrative teams, to support overall Studios acceleration
What we’re looking for:
  • 3+ years’ experience in an entertainment law firm, film/television production or distribution environment in Canada or the United States
  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Knowledge of television and/or film development and production precedents and industry common practice (familiarity with publishing industry a plus) 
  • Exceptional drafting, negotiation and communication skills
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including interacting internally and externally with a wide variety of creative and business executives
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized in thought and action, and capable of multitasking in a fast-paced environment 
  • A strong eye for identifying hidden or potential opportunities and issues
  • Highly adept at assessing, communicating and navigating through risks and finding flexible/creative solutions to achieve business goals
  • Strong ability to work autonomously and as a collaborative team member, including across organizational or functional lines and with all levels of management
What we offer:
  • Competitive salary
  • Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
  • $200/month Transit and Home Office Allowance, choice of hardware, flexible hours, hybrid office and remote work options
  • RRSP matching
  • Corporate discount for gym membership for you and your family
  • Summer Fridays with afternoons off!
  • And a whole lot more!
  • Wattpad is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.
About Wattpad
Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play...and all while having a great time.
Culture and Diversity
Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period. 
Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.  
If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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Additional Details

Category: Admin / HR
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
4950 Yonge St #801
North York, ON, CA
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Tags: Law, Negotiations, Entertainment
Posted: Sep 14, 2021
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Full-time
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