Disney ABC Television Group Head of Business Affairs in London, United Kingdom

ABC Studios International, the international division of ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content, is seeking a candidate for the position of Head of Business Affairs to lead the business affairs and deal-making functions of ABC Studios International. The successful candidate will have the ambition to be a key player in driving exponential growth to the division together with a demonstrated track record for excellence as a collaborative deal-maker with exceptional industry knowledge, inter-personal skills and the highest degree of integrity. The position will be based in the London offices of ABC Studios International and support the International Content, Platforms and Talent, ABC Studios International / Disney. The role will report to the Executive Vice President, Business Operations of ABC Studios and the Managing Director International Content, Platforms and Talent.

Responsibilities :

  • Structure, negotiate, manage, document/coordinate documentation of all business deals in connection with ABCSI’s development and production activities, which include:

  • The engagement of writers, producers, actors, directors, and consultants

  • The option/acquisition of underlying rights

  • Arrangements with coproduction partners

  • Distribution/first look arrangements with production companies

  • The licensing of ABCSI content to networks and on demand platforms

  • Coordinate with and manage in-house and outside counsel as necessary

  • Maintain and expand strong working relationships with internal executives as well as externally with agencies, the creative community, broadcasters, and other licensees of ABCSI’s programming

  • Responsibility for adhering to ABCSI’s development budgets

  • Oversee the functions of various support departments relative to ABCSI’s activities such as Contracts Administration, Casting Administration and Credits Administration

  • Provide support to ABC Studios and Disney Strategic Planning in the analysis and structuring of acquisition opportunities

  • Collaborate with Disney Media Distribution to deepen existing strategic relationships and develop new business partnerships and opportunities

Basic Qualifications :

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent legal degree

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with a track record of excellence as a business affairs executive with a major US television studio, UK production company, US national television network or OTT platform, UK national television network or OTT platform, or equivalent law firm experience

  • Expertise in all aspects of international development, production and distribution

  • Expertise in applicable guild requirements

  • Ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment and have a commitment to learning and excellence

  • Proven negotiator, able to be hands-on and roll up sleeves as required

  • Superior analytical and writing skills and ability, together with strong business and financial acumen

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

  • Exceptional inter-personal communication skills

  • Demonstrated track record of holding to the highest degree of honesty and integrity

  • Experience of working internationally with a US based multinational organization preferred

  • Knowledge of US deal-making and familiarity with US guild provisions preferred

Company Overview :

ABC Studios

ABC Studios is a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The studio is the primary content provider for ABC Entertainment, producing hit series for the network, including “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “For The People,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Station 19”; co-productions “The Good Doctor,” “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Speechless”; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” along with “Criminal Minds” for CBS. For the 2018-19 season, ABC Studios is producing the new dramas “The Fix” and “Grand Hotel,” as well as the new comedy “The Kids Are Alright,” along with co-productions “A Million Little Things,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents” and “Whiskey Cavalier” for ABC. Under the ABC Studios umbrella is also ABC Signature Studios, a dedicated division spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable, as well as streaming platforms. ABC Signature Studios’ returning and upcoming series include “Godfather of Harlem” for EPIX; event limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu; “Besties”, “grown-ish” and “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” for Freeform; and “SMILF” for Showtime.

ABC Studios International

ABC Studios International is the international division of ABC Studios and develops and produces international co-productions and local productions for a global audience. Its first series, “Harrow,” a co-production with Hoodlum Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, starring Ioan Gruffudd, has received a 2018 Logie Award nomination for Outstanding Drama series. The second season of “Harrow” will return on ABC1 in Australia in 2019. Stan has commissioned “The Gloaming,” an 8-part drama series created by “The Kettering Incident’s” Victoria Madden, which will premiere in 2019. Most recently, the studio announced a 13 episode straight-to-series international co-production by ABC Network (USA) and M6 (France), “Reef Break,” starring Poppy Montgomery.

Job ID: 605029BR

Location: London,United Kingdom

Job Posting Company: Media Networks

ABC, Inc. 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.