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Director, Deal Management

Warner Bros. Discovery

Burbank, CA 04-28-2023
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Your New Role

This position oversees the Theatrical Participations Deal Management Group, including the timely completion of contract briefs ''abstracts'' outlining participation reporting obligations related to Theatrical productions, Home Entertainment, and Games products. The Director works closely with VP, Participations, and executive-level personnel in Theatrical Business Affairs and Legal. The Director must lead the department's day-to-day functions including quarterly planning, abstract review, status tracking, staff training, development, and performance review. This position is responsible for responding to requests from various groups including legal, business affairs, audit, statement set-up, participations reporting and financial planning.

Your Role Accountabilities
• Act as primary liaison with Business Affairs, Legal, and other key stakeholders to ensure financial reporting is in compliance with contractual intent and applicable laws. Consults with Business Affairs and Legal on new and existing deals with talent and co-production partners.
• Analyze, interpret, and review complex contingent compensation provisions from legal agreements as summarized in contract abstracts prepared by the department. Approval of theatrical, home entertainment, and games abstracts. Coordinate and communicate with various business units and groups within WBD to identify and track new product and revisions to existing financial agreements for library product.
• Perform and/or manage special projects, analysis, and research (e.g. participant and auditor queries, etc.), including analyzing complex legal agreements, court documents, and financial statements.
• Develop and train staff, schedule and oversee workflow, monitor team assignments and report status to management on a regular basis Plan and conduct technical and conceptual training sessions and cross-divisional forums as needed.
• Responsible for the implementation of appropriate internal control and responding to SOX related audit inquires
• Identify efficiencies in various procedures and make recommendations to senior leadership on methods for improvement. Assists in developing business standards, solutions, and best-practices for deal summaries and statement set-ups

Qualifications & Experience
• 5+ years Studio Finance/Legal experience.
• Entertainment Industry experience strongly preferred, specifically in Participations, Finance, Legal, Audit, and/or Production.
• Prior experience leading teams with demonstrated people management skills.
• Extensive experience reading and interpreting legal agreements (experience with entertainment industry agreements strongly preferred).
• Prior experience interacting/working with legal/business affairs groups and senior leadership.
• Prior experience leading Training & Development programs.
• Understanding of a participations statement reporting system (i.e., Sylvester, Paris or similar) preferred.
• Prior experience with workflow tracking software (e.g. JIRA) a plus.
• BA/BS required
• MBA/JD preferred
• Outstanding time and workflow management skills to handle multiple and changing priorities.
• Very Strong ability to understand, or current understanding of Theatrical Participations, including ability to read, understand, and interpret complex legal agreements.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong presentation and project management skills.
• Very high attention to detail.
• Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills required.
• Proficient in Microsoft Windows environment, such as Excel and Word, and Adobe PDF.
• Must have sufficient knowledge of enterprise database systems.
• Must have the ability to plan, organize and schedule workflow and set team goals.
• Leadership skills required.
• Must be able to maintain highest levels of confidentiality.
• Must be able to meet tight deadlines under a fast-paced environment and work overtime, as needed.
• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

How We Get Things Done…

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

The Legal Bits…
In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. $95,550.00 - $177,450.00 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO).

Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

If you're a qualified candidate with a disability and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact us at recruitadmin@wbd.com.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rob64p-44-192-79-149-42 in your application.

Salary Details

Salary Range: $95,550 to $177,450 Per Year ($ USD)