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Disney ABC Television Group Executive Director, Business Affairs – Disney Channels Worldwide in Burbank, California

This person will be an integral team member of the Disney ABC Networks Group Business Affairs Department for Disney Channel and Disney XD, reporting to a Vice President of Business Affairs. 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 acquisition 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, Disney's new direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+, alternative/reality programming 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.

•Take part in strategic initiatives and contribute creative problem-solving toward enhancing deal structures, deal memo templates, and departmental process and procedures, in order to address a changing media landscape.

Supervisory Responsibilities

•Supervise shared assistant.

Basic Qualifications :

•7 years or more of 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, first class 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 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.

Required Education :

•Must have a four year degree and a JD.

Preferred Education :

•California Bar membership strongly preferred.

Job ID: 622264BR

Location: Burbank,California

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.

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