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Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel - Entertainment ( ID: A9490 )
Career Category: Employment Law, Entertainment, In-house, In-house Counsel, Labour Law, Labour Relations
Posted Date: 2020-12-22
Location: Toronto
Our client, an entertainment industry union, is looking to add a Senior Legal Counsel to its team. Reporting to the Executive Director and the Director, Labour, the Senior Legal Counsel will be a key resource for all legal matters in the organization.

Your responsibilities will include:
• Providing timely advice and counsel on all labour relations and entertainment law issues

• Drafting collective agreement language designed to protect performers in their unique labour relations circumstances.

• Providing advice on complicated grievances and legal strategies to advance the rights of members.

• Acting as a resource in negotiations and providing advice on bargaining approaches that are adapted to the realities of the business of the members.

• Providing advice on all legal changes and providing direction on legal reform.

• Advising and strategizing on the implementation of new initiatives to improve all aspects of the legal and strategic framework within which the union and members operate.

• Researching new and upcoming laws, analyzing its effects on the union, and drafting and implementing plans to comply with such laws, and executing on these plans.

• Providing legal advice and support to management, including interpretation of contracts and implementation of amendments.

• Providing advice to the Senior Management team and other members of the executive team on all legal issues.

• Providing advice on key legal cases chosen strategically to move the union’s agenda forward and reducing the need to rely on outside counsel

• Providing advice regarding international treaty co-productions, inter-provincial co-productions, CRTC co-ventures, Canadian Content and production services arrangements.

• Providing Production (interim, term and GAP) financing advice and support.

• Providing advice regarding Canadian and US labor unions who operate within the industry (writer, director, performer and music).

• Providing advice on regulatory and administrative matters involving Canada Media Fund, CAVCO, CRTC and Telefilm Canada.

• Identifying organizational risk weaknesses and developing initiatives to address those weaknesses

• Proactively driving optimal resolution of litigation through active strategy formation, management, monitoring and reporting.

• Identifying, monitoring, and providing updates on case law, legislative developments, and employment law and entertainment law legal trends.

• Researching legal issues and drafting opinion letters, briefs and correspondence.

• Reviewing agreements and related documents, disputes, employment matters and legal contracts between the union and external parties.

• Developing regulatory and internal policies, advising on all legal matters and the impact of legislative and regulatory changes.

• Providing strategic advice on day to day operations as well as forward looking and preparing the organization to address changes in the environment (legislative, regulatory, common law, best practices etc.)


You are the ideal candidate if you have/are:

• 8+ years of legal experience practising in employment/labour law and/or entertainment law
• Experience providing advice to unions and entertainment industry players
• A J.D./LL.B and member in good standing with a Law Society in Canada
• Knowledge and experience with film and television tax credits and incentive structuring
• Knowledge about the changing regulatory world as it relates to the changing digital platform for the work of union members.
• An understanding of production and licensing documentation, including distribution, broadcaster and sales agent contracts, public funding arrangements, talent, key creative and representation agreements, and numerous other production agreements and how they all impact members.
• Able to influence and motivate others to maximize their performance.
• Understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on various complex legal issues.
• Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills.
• Ability to clearly and succinctly articulate a position.
• Exceptional communication, negotiation, research and drafting skills.
• In-depth knowledge of legal principles, and ability to assess organizational impacts.
• Results orientated and can excel regardless of circumstances.
• Demonstrated ability to connect with an inter-disciplinary team.
• Relationship management, facilitation, and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to independently analyze legal issues with minimal supervision.

If this describes you, and you are interested in joining a dynamic, team oriented organization that provides a competitive compensation and benefits package, send us your details



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