The Walt Disney Company Executive Director, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, TVA in Burbank, California

The Executive Director, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, TVA is expected to work in a collaborative fashion with other departmental members and members of related departments, including Creative, Production, Production Finance, Programming, Marketing, Brand Management, Publishing and Digital Media, reporting to a Vice President of Business Affairs. The position will have day-to-day responsibilities in connection with the development and production of animated television projects for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Disney’s direct to consumer streaming service. Such duties will include structuring, negotiating, managing and advising on deals, drafting of contracts, advice on rights and legal clearance, and analyzing intellectual property and other related issues.

Responsibilities :

  • Meet with creative, production and finance executives to determine what deal parameters should be and advise regarding labor and related issues;

  • Negotiate deals and successfully liase with talent representatives;

  • Draft and finalize contracts;

  • Review and advise regarding intellectual property issues and clearance as to content;

  • Work with third party production companies with respect to business affairs and legal matters on assigned productions; and

  • Work with business partners throughout the company to advise and document as necessary with respect to exploitation of TVA content outside of television broadcast.

Basic Qualifications :

  • A minimum of 8 years of combined experience in a law firm and/or network/studio, with strong preference for studio/production business affairs experience.

  • Solid work experience with respect to guild and union agreements, contract law, first amendment issues, and/or intellectual property law (including defamation, right of publicity, parody).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Excellent negotiating and drafting skills.

  • Excellent creative problem-solving abilities.

  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to execute against multiple, high-priority projects in a fast-paced environment with a keen attention to detail.

  • Strong ability to work independently and to contribute positively as a collaborative member of a team, with a strong commitment to learning and excellence.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Prior production and/or distribution experience, or other entertainment, media experience.

  • Related experience in entertainment-related field, with emphasis on contracts, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property law.

  • Experience in employment law, including wrongful termination and wage and hour issues.

  • California Bar membership preferred.

Required Education :

  • Must have a 4-year degree and a J.D.

  • Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar.

Job ID: 596826BR

Location: Burbank,California

Job Posting Company: Media Networks