Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury Inc. is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film and digital. Productions include 16 seasons of the multi-Gemini nominated drama series Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Acorn TV and UKTV; Slasher; Hudson and Rex for Citytv/Rogers Sports & Media and Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment. Shaftesbury also produces a variety of kids’ programming, including Family Channel’s Ruby and the Wishing Well and the highly successful series Life with Derek.
The legal department plays an integral role in this organization. Legal takes a ‘hands on’ approach to the physical production and is called upon to advise on all aspects of this Company’s work, including project development, production, sales/distribution and digital/ new media series and marketing. You will be negotiating and drafting a variety of production related agreements such as, writer and director agreements, actor agreements and location agreements as well as providing legal advice on production matters such as clearing rights. As Shaftesbury continues to grow, it has a need for an additional lawyer. This position will report directly to the VP Legal and Business Affairs.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4-7 years of corporate / commercial experience gained at a well-known law firm. Strong drafting skills and experience analyzing legal problems from a business perspective will be important. The ability to juggle a number of matters at one time, prioritize and maintain an organized practice is essential. You should also be detail oriented, resourceful and enthusiastic about the industry. The ability to take initiative and ownership of a matter as well as work independently will also stand you in good stead. Any production experience, especially on the drama side, would be an asset as the job will entail negotiating on the Company’s behalf with Guilds and agents.
Shaftesbury has established and maintains an excellent reputation for the quality of its product, its ability to attract top cast and creative talent and its skill in structuring and managing innovative arrangements with international production, financing and distribution partners. It is a dynamic, exciting environment that is friendly, casual and open. If you would like to apply for this unique opportunity, please send your cover letter and résumé to Lorene Nagata of Nagataconnex Executive Legal Search at the contact information, below.
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