Cinereach is seeking a highly-motivated junior attorney to work closely with our General Counsel and to join the Business Affairs team. The portfolio of legal and business affairs matters includes simple grant agreements, complex multi-party financing agreements, global sales and distribution agreements, and proactive rights management of a growing library of film and music intellectual property assets. The Business Affairs Executive will engage with multiple aspects of the independent film industry including the legal, business, and creative aspects of shepherding films, and be tasked with delving thoughtfully into systemic barriers and shifts in the independent media landscape. This is an extraordinary opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the filmmaking process and be a thought-partner to senior management on the strategic deployment of philanthropic resources towards a more sustainable independent film ecosystem.
Cinereach is an independent film company dedicated to vital, artful filmmaking. As a philanthropic organization, Cinereach helps expand its films’ creative potential by offering adaptive development, financing, production, and other support models that align with the unique vision of each supported filmmaker. Cinereach also strives for a more sustainable film industry through targeted initiatives and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations and commercial entities. The company’s original productions include: Eliza Hittman’s sophomore narrative feature, Beach Rats, which won the US Dramatic Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; Matt Wolf’s Teenage, a “living collage” documentary about the birth of youth culture; and Benh Zeitlin’s first narrative feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Cinereach’s co-productions include Viktor Jakovleski’s immersive documentary, Brimstone & Glory, and the upcoming narrative feature Sorry to Bother You, by Boots Riley. The Florida Project, Strong Island, Last Men in Aleppo, The Fits, and the Academy Award nominated films I Am Not Your Negro, Cutie and the Boxer, and Citizenfour (Best Documentary, 2015), are among over 200 Cinereach grantees across the globe. Filmmakers including Young Jean Lee, Barry Jenkins, and Terence Nance have participated in Cinereach’s year-long fellowships, and independent film producers such as Julie Goldman, Karin Chien, Heather Rae, Shrihari Sathe and Joslyn Barnes have received awards for their innovation and mentorship through the Cinereach producers initiative. Current not-for-profit collaborators include Sundance Institute, Court 13 Arts in New Orleans, and Miami’s Borscht Corp.
Cinereach was founded in 2006 and has grown to a 20-person team in our NYC office. Our internal business affairs team is proudly nimble. This new team member will report directly to the Director, Business Affairs/General Counsel and work closely with the Head of Finance, the Head of Productions, and other program managers, while frequently collaborating and coordinating with outside external counsel. The Business Affairs Executive will be in touch with every person on our team and have ample opportunities to contribute to a wide range of projects and programs.
The specific primary responsibilities of the role include:
- Supporting all day-to-day legal and business affairs matters across the various programs of the organization, including production legal for Cinereach original productions.
- Managing all rights for the organization’s library of film and music assets.
- Creating and managing the tracking process for ongoing third-party contractual obligations.
- Managing best practice templates, policies, and processes for the organization, including best practice film finance, production legal, and licensing templates.
- Supporting the annual audit process as well as multi-year budgeting and forecasting.
- Supporting the management of corporate organizational structure and subsidiary formation and administration.
The Cinereach team is driven, creative, and growing. Motivated by the opportunity to help bring ambitious visions to life, we apply diverse skills, passions, and a collaborative spirit to our shared work. We strive to create agency with each team member and provide dedicated resources to encourage experimentation with models and approaches of support. We look to everyone on our team to actively contribute to our company culture and uphold our values, which include curiosity, generosity, and innovation. We cherish an open environment which works best when its employees are conducting themselves with self-direction and entrepreneurialism.
The Ideal Candidate
For this position, the ideal candidate will strive to tackle projects head-on, be comfortable with self-direction, and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment while juggling multiple priorities. The candidate will have an affinity for independent films, be driven to innovate in both small and impactful ways, and be looking to join a passionate, mission-driven team. Previous experience as an attorney in entertainment, intellectual property, corporate, or nonprofit law is required, while knowledge and experience in drafting and negotiating motion picture development, financing, production, and distribution agreements is preferred but not required.
Background & Qualifications
- Active member of the New York State bar or another jurisdiction with a minimum of two years experience as an attorney in entertainment, intellectual property, corporate, or nonprofit law or comparable legal field is required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively interact with a variety of personalities & styles, internally & externally, at all organizational levels.
- A proactive, solutions-oriented self-starter, who possesses a flexible, pragmatic and creative approach to problem-solving.
- Must be able to multitask under pressure and be highly organized, and detail and process oriented.
- Excellent drafting, communication, critical thinking and analytical skills.
- A strong interest in philanthropy and/or the independent film industry.
This is a full-time salaried position at our New York City office. We offer a generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and employer-matching 401k plan. Cinereach also provides professional development funds, in addition to funds for meeting continuing legal education requirements, to support self-directed, professional growth. Legal authorization to work in the United States is required.
Cinereach is an equal opportunity employer.
Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, along with your resume, to [email protected] with subject line: “Business Affairs Executive.”
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.