Business Affairs

Cinereach is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit film production company and foundation that champions vital stories, artfully told. Created and led by young philanthropists, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, Cinereach supports fiction and nonfiction filmmakers from all over the world through its Productions, Grants, and Fellowships initiatives. Cinereach has supported over 100 films in the US and internationally. Cinereach Production’s Beasts of the Southern Wild was released in 2012 and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Position Description

Cinereach is currently seeking an individual to handle Cinereach Business Affairs full-time and to be based in our New York City offices. This position reports to the Executive Director, works with the Executive Team and the Board of Directors, and participates in staff meetings.

Business Affairs responsibilities include:

  • Liaise with outside corporate legal and accounting firms and implement corporate legal policies and procedures
  • Monitor 501(c)3 regulations and maintain compliance
  • Manage corporate organizational structure and subsidiary formation
  • Advise and implement legal and business procedures in support of Cinereach’s programmatic activities
  • Manage all organization intellectual property matters
  • Manage reporting obligations and maintain contract calendar across multiple productions and entities
  • Negotiate, draft, and advise on film production agreements including development, production, finance and distribution agreements
  • Create standardized production legal agreement templates
  • Review production-related vendor agreements
  • Review, draft, and maintain Cinereach program related contracts, including grant and vendor agreements
  • Liaise with external production counsel as needed
  • Manage legal document delivery for Cinereach Productions
  • Advise on insurance matters

Experience / Skills Required:

  • a J.D. or legal degree and5+ years of relevant professional Legal and/or Business Affairs experience within the entertainment industry
  • a sound understanding of 501(c)3 and legal compliance matters preferred
  • an intimate knowledge of film production practices together with strong business and financial acumen
  • knowledge and experience negotiating current distribution deals in the independent space as well as an understanding of the standard terms of the major studios
  • experience drafting and negotiating talent agreements, producer agreements, rights agreements, finance agreements and other agreements in connection with development, production and exploitation of motion picture properties
  • strong understanding of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law
  • ability to think proactively, strategically and analytically with a strong initiative to take on tasks and set own priorities and deadlines
  • strong negotiation and legal drafting skills with rigorous attention to detail
  • highly organized and detail oriented
  • exceptional interpersonal skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • an ability to succeed in a fast paced environment
  • a strong knowledge of Mac OSX and Microsoft Office

How to apply

Cinereach offers competitive compensation. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Interested candidates should forward their cover letter and resume to HR(at) with the subject line Business Affairs. No phone calls please.

Cinereach is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Cinereach to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for employment and to administer its personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms and conditions of employment, in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV status, physical or medical disability or difference in abilities unrelated to job performance.

New York, New York

126 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY, 10011, US