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  Director - Business Affairs
Industry: TV - Film Job Posted: 1/1/2019
Location: West Region Job Status: Full Time
Experience Level: TBD

Job Description:

Job ID 622211BR

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.


• 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.



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