The Walt Disney Company Counsel - National Geographic in Washington, District Of Columbia
The National Geographic Television Legal Affairs Department is seeking an experienced television production and development lawyer with at least 2 years of unscripted television experience to join their team. This Counsel role will support the production management and development teams negotiate, draft and finalize all television programming deals as well as provide regular guidance on day to day television productions.
This is a unique opportunity to be an important part of the Nat Geo television family, and to help Nat Geo continue to produce award winning documentaries and television programming.
This position can be located in Burbank, New York, or Washington, DC.
Drafting a wide variety of television agreements, including TV programming deals (acquisitions, commissions, co-productions and development deals), domestic and international license agreements, and other agreements for NGP’s international and domestic television properties
Handle a wide range of matters typical of “show lawyers” such as issues relating to the development, production and exploitation of scripted and/or unscripted entertainment programming, including script and/or concept vetting, transactional work, rights analysis, copyright and trademark issues, defamation and First Amendment advice, and other legal matters arising during development and production.
Provide legal analysis to internal clients as needed (often concerning legal rights and responsibilities, and risk assessment) in order to make informed business decisions
Liaise directly with legal counterparts at Disney/ABC to facilitate best practices exchanges.
Minimum of 5 years of legal experience at a law firm in corporate or other department
Minimum of 2 years of unscripted television production experience
Strong interpersonal skills (multi-cultural/ written/verbal/negotiation)
Needs to be able to handle advanced level reasoning tasks and have good judgement
Familiarity with Word, Adobe and Excel
Able to respond to and interact with both internal and external senior level business executives in a professional, articulate, personable and useful manner.
Organized and detail-oriented
Comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment
Experience in television
Strong academic credentials including a J.D. degree and membership in at least one state bar
Job ID: 763911BR
Location: Washington,District of Columbia
Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)
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