Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs

Crunchyroll San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 3 months ago

San Francisco

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About Ellation

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. Ellation operates at the intersection of technology and media to redefine the next wave of media interaction and consumption -- breaking down barriers to content experiences for passionate fans around the world. Ellation's offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Chiinu develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content that brings our communities of passionate fans together.

Ellation is searching for a self-motivated, business-minded attorney for a role as Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs in its Legal Department. The position handles all manner of business and legal affairs for Ellation, including both Crunchyroll and VRV SVOD platforms, and will partner with our business teams across all offices. This position reports to the General Counsel of Ellation.

A day in the life of Business & Legal Affairs:

  • Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of agreements, including those relating to: content licensing/acquisition (both inbound and outbound) and content distribution; Marketing and advertising, events, sweepstakes, and merchandising; Ad tech and product (SaaS and software tools for our product, engineering and IT teams)

  • Liaise and maintain relationships with key licensing partners

  • Partner closely with business leads and assume significant authority and accountability for outcomes

  • Handle compliance for content and intellectual property matters

  • Provide practical advice and solutions to internal business partners on all related legal matters

  • Create and maintain form templates (e.g. licensing agreements, distribution agreements, marketing agreements/IOs, sweepstakes in the US and globally) to ensure all legal documents remain consistent

  • Thrive in a fast-speed, high-pressure environment including working in new and developing areas of the law, tempered by an appreciation of the associated complexity and risk

  • Willing to perform other matters both in and outside of area of expertise

About You

  • At least 3-6 years of related entertainment and transactional experience, including direct and substantial experience drafting and negotiating agreements

  • Practical knowledge of the digital, TV and film industries preferred

  • Experience working in-house or at a top tier law firm providing in-house support for an entertainment, film, television or production company preferred

  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in at least one state bar is required.

  • Excellent drafting skills with creativity to craft new language based on novel provisions negotiated in each particular deal

  • Excellent organizational skills with strict attention to detail

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong analytical and computer skills

  • A go-getter who thrives in a non-structured, high-volume, fast-paced environment and is not afraid to take initiative

  • A fantastic sense of humor and the ability to take on whatever comes your way!


  • Competitive salary

  • Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance

  • Health care and dependent care FSA

  • 401(k) plan with employer match

  • Employer paid commuter benefit

  • On-site yoga, and meditation classes

  • Catered lunch and dinner 4 days per week

  • Fun, passionate and skilled co-workers

  • Pet-friendly environment - pet insurance and dog-friendly office

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the world's largest destination for anime and manga, boasting a global community of more than 25 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. Fans connect through the most complete anime library including "Naruto Shippuden," "Attack on Titan," and "Dragon Ball Super," events such as Crunchyroll Movie Nights, Crunchyroll News, and can purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to simulcaststop series available immediately after Japanese broadcast.

Fans can also view Crunchyroll on VRV, an audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels and a curated house channel, VRV Select.

About VRV

VRV is a leading audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and Shudder, alongside a curated house channel, VRV Select. Created to provide fans with a next-gen entertainment experience, VRV offers immersive content experiences in a digitally-driven environment via bundled subscription, a la carte subscription, or ad-supported options. As a platform, VRV helps partners extend their reach and distribute their premium content through a high-quality, branded experience on mobile, web, and popular living room devices.

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