Disney ABC Television Group Director - Business Affairs, Disney Channels Worldwide in Burbank, California
The Disney ABC Networks Group Business Affairs Department is hiring a Director, Business Affairs who will be an integral team member for Disney Channel and Disney XD, reporting to a Vice President. The person will have day-to-day responsibilities for structuring, negotiating, managing and advising on deals for the development and production of live action scripted and alternative television series, Disney's new direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+, television movies, and licensed/co-produced projects. This person is expected to work in a highly collaborative fashion with other Business Affairs and Legal Affairs members and members of Creative, Production, Production Finance, Programming, Acquisitions, Marketing, Brand Management, and Digital Media.
Responsibilities : •Negotiate deals with respect to live action scripted series/movies and reality programming, Disney's new direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+, as well as licensed/co-produced programming.
•Establish and maintain client relationships with regular, effective and timely communications concerning deal negotiation and business strategy.
•Collaborate with Legal Affairs to get long-form agreements signed on a timely basis.
•Work with contracts administration on tracking of contractual options for properties and talent, payments, and deal summaries.
•Follow “best practices” and contribute toward improving deal parameters, deal memo templates, departmental process and procedures, as well as great ideas and creative problem solving on deals and projects.
•Supervise shared assistant.
Basic Qualifications :
•At least 5 years of on point and/or network and/or television studio legal affairs and/or business affairs experience.
•Solid expertise with respect to guild and union agreements, contracts, and intellectual property law.
•Exceptional negotiating skills, strong drafting abilities, exceptional communication skills (written and verbal), and creative problem-solving abilities.
•Strong ability to work independently.
•Contribute positively as a collaborative member of a team, with a strong commitment to learning and excellence.
•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.
Preferred Qualifications :
•2 years or more of law firm experience.
•Prior production and/or distribution experience and/or other entertainment, media, acquisitions, or new media-related experience.
•Relevant experience in entertainment-related field, with an emphasis on negotiation, drafting and issue spotting.
•Experience with negotiating and drafting agreements involving production in Canada, alternative financing structures for production abroad, and distribution for existing and emerging platforms.
Required Education :
•Must have a four year degree and a JD.
•Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar.
Preferred Education :
•California Bar membership preferred.
Job ID: 622211BR
Job Posting Company: Media Networks
ABC Cable Networks Group is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.