Blue Ant Media
Toronto, ON

Legal Counsel

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. We own and operate numerous production companies in North America and Asia-Pacific under the Blue Ant Studios banner, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms in multiple genres including factual entertainment, natural history, documentary, adult animation and drama. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a substantial catalogue of content, including one of the world’s largest 4K natural history offerings. Blue Ant Media operates channels under nine brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada) and more. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with seven international offices in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Washington and Beijing.

Our productions and media brands are a product of our employees who are passionate experts in all of these areas. They are fanatical about creating outstanding content and experiences; and enthusiastic about delivering it on new and evolving platforms.

We actively seek out people who embody our core values: optimism, creativity, entrepreneurism, agility and integrity. We attract creative talents who are optimistic about the evolving future of content and who take pride in seeing opportunity where others see challenges. We encourage employees to think like small business owners by taking ownership on projects and giving them the flexibility to take risks and embrace an evolving media landscape. Our team members excel at collaborating with internal and external partners and our culture fosters sharing ideas and treating all people with respect.


Legal Counsel – Production

The Legal and Business Affairs team in our Toronto office is looking for a new Legal Counsel - Production. Reporting to the Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, the Legal Counsel will be responsible for working with all of Blue Ant’s production teams, drafting and negotiating development and production agreements and assisting with all legal and business affairs matters on Blue Ant’s numerous productions. 

Legal and business affairs experience in unscripted production, scripted development and distribution is imperative.  The successful candidate should also be a creative problem solver with the ability to manage competing interests and multiple deadlines while working independently and with supervision. 


Core Responsibilities & Duties 

  • Understanding, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating legal agreements in connection with development, production, licensing, and distribution of Blue Ant Studios original scripted, unscripted and/or animated television productions, service productions and treaty co-productions
  • Negotiating terms and drafting/reviewing production, broadcaster and distribution related agreements including: (1) development agreements (e.g. rights acquisition, shopping, collaboration, writer agreements etc.); (2) production agreements for television productions such as chain of title, co-production and treaty co-production agreements, broadcast licenses, agreements with talent; (3) financing agreements and documentation; and (4) distribution related agreements for Blue Ant and third party content
  • Provide general legal advice to, and liaise with, executives in creative, production, finance, and other key client groups; and manage general legal matters related to relevant projects
  • Managing all aspects of those matters, including advising on strategy and deal structure from term sheet through execution of agreement 


Key Qualifications & Experience

  • A law degree from a recognized institution and are a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience and working knowledge in television industry, either in private practice or in-house studio experience (preferred)
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation, conceptual thinking, analytical and problem-solving and decision-making skills, with great attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and manage competing deadlines, self-motivated and able to thrive in an energetic, fast paced, high growth environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong ability to work as a collaborative team member across organizational lines and with all levels of management, as well as autonomously

Blue Ant Media celebrates diversity in both its programming and workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds who are eligible to work in Canada. We thank all candidates for their interest in Blue Ant Media and we will reach out to those candidates that are under consideration. If you are contacted for an interview and require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please advise Human Resources.

All interested applicants can submit their resume to

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Additional Details

Code: #153
Category: Admin / HR
Blue Ant Media
130 Merton St Suite 200
Toronto, ON, CA
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Posted: Jan 06, 2022
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Full-time
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