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The Walt Disney Company Counsel - National Geographic in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Summary:

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in television

Required Education

Strong academic credentials including a J.D. degree and membership in at least one state bar

Additional Information:

#LegalAffairs

Job ID: 763911BR

Location: Washington,District of Columbia

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)

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