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Director, Business & Legal Affairs - Marvista Entertainment

Posted Feb 05
Full Time
On Site
Los Angeles, California


FOX Entertainment

With a legacy spanning more than 35 years, FOX Entertainment is one of the world’s most recognizable media brands and a prolific content producer across its iconic broadcast network and both owned and third-party streaming platforms. Known for its independent, innovative spirit and provocative, groundbreaking storytelling, the company was reinvented in 2019 with the formation of FOX Entertainment. While maintaining its leadership in broadcast television (9-1-1: Lone Star, The Simpsons, The Cleaning Lady, Hell’s Kitchen, LEGO Masters), the company is actively building a portfolio of businesses and library of owned original content. To date, FOX Entertainment’s long-term growth strategy has included the acquisitions of award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers, The Great North, Krapopolis, Grimsburg), entertainment platform TMZ, and global production studio MarVista Entertainment (The Way Home, Rescuing Christmas), as well as the formation of the culinary and lifestyle content venture Studio Ramsay Global (Next Level Chef, Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars) in partnership with Gordon Ramsay. The company also established its in-house unscripted studio FOX Alternative Entertainment (The Masked Singer, Snake Oil, I Can See Your Voice, Name That Tune), FOX Entertainment Studios (Animal Control) to develop scripted content, and worldwide content sales unit FOX Entertainment Global.



The Director, Business and Legal Affairs will handle all assigned business and legal affairs activities across the development and production of MarVista’s growing slate of cost-effective, targeted programming.  This role will include the drafting and negotiation of MarVista deals related to development, production, talent, and production services agreements for 3rd parties, the supervision of outside counsel, and production management.  



  • Handle the management of day-to-day production matters, including clearance matters, and liaise with third-party production counsel
  • Negotiate and draft deals as assigned related to motion pictures, television, and digital, including talent and underlying rights, and deals with external production partners
  • Support BALA leadership with drafting and in complex negotiations with MarVista creative and production-related business partners, including content owners, external production partners, agencies, talent, etc.
  • Act as primary researcher with regard to laws and industry-wide agreements that affect the Business and Legal Affairs function as well as maintain records of MarVista precedents, legal advice, and decisions and provide litigation support
  • Draft and negotiate final execution of production-related agreements
  • Acts as subject matter expert in the requirements of, and relationships with, all the major entertainment guilds (WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, etc)
  • Recommend best practices, including identifying the ideal agreement for each project, building effective compensation structures, optimizing tax credits, defining business models, etc.
  • Collaborate with Fox labor relations and Fox Entertainment BALA to engage with labor unions and with BALA leadership on strategic initiatives and new opportunities


  • Juris Doctor degree and member in good standing of the California bar
  • 8+ years of experience as a practicing entertainment attorney at a law firm or in-house at a network or studio, with extensive industry relationships with agents, talent, networks, and producers
  • Ability to perform in a high-volume environment, exercise independent judgment, efficiently manage production matters, and lead negotiations with agencies, talent, producers, and other industry partners
  • Overall understanding of on-set production matters, television rights licensing agreements, high-level talent agreements relating to television development and production, guild/union and non-union labor and employment law issues relating to productions
  • Possess extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry including high-level talent agreements relating to television / new media development and production, marketing, guild/union and non-union labor and employment law issues relating to movie and series productions; intellectual property law; risk management issues, rights of publicity/privacy issues as well as an understanding of on-set production
  • Possess excellent negotiating, drafting, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, prioritizing, and time management skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to navigate and partner with internal and external stakeholders and executives; understanding the big picture and business as a whole
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team; demonstrating good judgment


  • Series experience



  • Entrepreneurship: Resilient and forward-thinking when faced with changing priorities and unforeseen challenges. Proactively utilizes appropriate sources of information to seek solutions in making decisions and/or taking action in alignment with organizational goals & initiatives.
  • Collaboration: Collaborates respectfully and willingly as a team player to achieve goals. Listens effectively and considers alternate points of views and unique challenges of others. Embraces and demonstrates the organization's commitment to a workplace that values civility and inclusion. 
  • Truthfulness: Honors commitments, accepts responsibility for the results of their actions (both successes and mistakes) and learns from them. Effectively provides and receives constructive feedback to resolve issues. Is honest, speaks up when they foresee a problem and/or need help.
  • Professionalism: Accountable for their words and actions. Actively listens to colleagues and assumes the most respectful interpretation. Acts consistently and ethically in doing their work. Knows when information is appropriate to share. Is respectful to internal and external parties; is aware that they represent the company at all times.
  • Gratitude & Passion: Demonstrates gratitude and humility; expresses appreciation for opportunities to learn, improve, make an impact, and develop professionally. Asks thought provoking questions that generate creativity & innovation in alignment with organizational goals & initiatives. Demonstrates enthusiasm and knowledge of company goals. Brings forth ideas and creative solutions that spark curiosity and contributions to the team’s goals.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

At FOX, we foster a culture and environment where everyone feels welcome and can thrive. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent across our company. We live in a diverse world, with different ideas and different perspectives that come together to spark new ideas and make great things happen. That means reflecting the diversity of the world around us is critical to our company’s success. We ensure that our viewers, communities and employees feel heard, represented, and celebrated both on screen and off.

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Pursuant to state and local pay disclosure requirements, the pay range for this role, with final offer amount dependent on education, skills, experience, and location is: $110,000.00-140,000.00 annually for California. This role is also eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, various benefits, including medical/dental/vision, insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid time off, and other benefits in accordance with applicable plan documents. Benefits for Union represented employees will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.