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The Film Musicians’ Secondary Markets Fund (the “Fund”) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization based in Encino, CA and governed by entertainment industry-wide collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFL-CIO) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The Fund’s mission is to collect, process and distribute residual payments to musicians resulting from their work in film, television and digital media. The organization averages a staff of 40 employees and handles approximately $100M in residual distributions each fiscal year.
Summary of duties and responsibilities:
The General Counsel role is new to the Fund and will lead the legal functions in a variety of matters, provide effective guidance on organizational strategies and their implementation, oversee the work of outside counsel, be directly involved in litigation and negotiate settlements of residual claims resulting from audits of entertainment companies.
This is a multi-faceted role that connects the entire organization and serves as legal advisor to multiple departments, but with a significant focus on enforcement of the collective bargaining agreements’ requirements for payment of residuals. The General Counsel will work closely with, and be a key strategic partner to, the Fund’s Executive Director. This role is ideal for someone who excels under pressure, desires to expand their knowledge base, is able to develop innovative solutions where there is often no roadmap and seeks a career working in a collegial atmosphere with generous benefits and committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Essential functions will include:
Manage day-to-day general legal issues and risk management
Provide analysis and counsel to the Executive Director on a variety of matters, including residual audit claims, nonprofit administration and fiduciary issues, records retention, litigation strategy and other issues arising out of the day-to-day operations of the Fund.
Draft and file complaints, motions, affidavits and other documents on behalf of the Fund in the courts.
Coordinate and oversee the work of outside counsel.
Provide legal advice and support across the Fund’s operational and administrative departments.
Participate in the development and presentation of recommendations to the Fund’s outside governing body.
Assist HR with legal research and actionable recommendations for day to day issues and concerns regarding employment/labor and benefit plans.
Review and negotiate vendor, insurance and lease agreements.
Serve as the Fund’s Custodian of Records, review and respond to subpoenas, participants’ domestic orders, estate matters, and garnishments.
Partner with Senior Leadership on drafting internal policies as needed.
How to Apply: Applicants should email a résumé and writing sample to the Executive Director via the following address: email@example.com. Note GENERAL COUNSEL in the subject line.
FMSMF is an equal employment opportunity employer.
JD from an accredited law school required.
Active membership in the California Bar required.
3-5 years of consistent in-house experience with an entertainment industry union/guild, PRO or legal and/or business affairs experience with a network, studio, agency or entertainment company. Law firm or record label experience also considered.
Familiarity with film and television guild agreements, especially residual and supplemental market obligations.
Familiarity with theatrical, television and streaming media licensing and distribution arrangements.
Strong entertainment industry relationships and negotiation experience.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff; studio and union staff and executives; outside counsel and other external contacts.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to organize and coordinate tactics for long-term objectives.
Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions.
Familiarity with copyright and intellectual property issues in bankruptcy proceedings a plus.
All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
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