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Assistant Chief Counsel - Legal Operations

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10019863 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Studios Content Date posted Sep. 22, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Chief Counsel will lead strategic initiatives, operations, and other production related functions for Studio Legal Affairs.  This role will act as legal counsel with oversight for Credits and Title Administration, Contract Administration, and Casting Administration in support of motion picture production.  Additionally, the Assistant Chief Counsel – Legal Operations will be responsible for process and systems, improvement, and implementation across the entire Studio Legal Affairs team, organization-wide projects to streamline and improve operations, and strategic initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic initiatives across the organization focused on knowledge sharing, innovation, systems, training, operations, and culture.

  • Lead the administrative teams responsible for: Credits, Titles, and Ratings, Casting Administration, and Contract Administration. Manage legal administrative priorities relating to these areas and provide leadership and strategic vision.

  • Provide legal analysis and counsel on matters arising during production relating to engagement of cast, including child labor, immigration, and collective bargaining agreements, and regulatory matters.

  • Provide legal oversight and counsel on matters relating to credit arbitration and title registration; and serve as counsel addressing questions of contractual interpretation in the context of option dates and payments, among other legal matters. 

  • Collaborate with Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel (Production), and individual banner executive leads to develop consistent contract forms, and policies and procedures arising in the context of motion picture production, analyze need for changes to such forms, and policies and procedures to address emerging issues, and provide clear communications regarding such updates.

  • Support the Chief Counsel with facilitating the execution of organizational priorities through coordination, communication, and project management.

  • Understand priorities, as well as short-term strategies, and lay out a project plan of how and when to tackle.

  • Provide ongoing status updates, track work-streams, and ensure progress is being made and deadlines are met. 

  • Provide oversight and support to the Studio Legal department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. Partner with, and provide project management guidance to, various leaders involved in the implementation of the plan.

  • Drive strategic priorities and projects relating to recruiting, onboarding, and retention of new employees; work with legal team leads on training efforts; assist Chief Counsel with communications relating to new policies and best practices.

  • Oversee Disney Lawyers in Film post- graduate training program.

  • Lead the legal operations efforts while balancing existing priorities with new and emerging areas of focus.

  • Independently identify and pursue opportunities for innovation and operational efficiency across the Studio Legal Affairs team.

  • Oversee outside counsel involvement and billing.

  • Drive various knowledge management and information workflow projects.

  • Develop the strategy and support execution of events, facilities projects, and physical space planning.

  • Manage initiatives related to the organization’s culture, including recognition and department events, town halls, and CLE presentations.

  • Oversee Legal Affairs department planning responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Own the budget management process.

  • Future state planning for the department.

  • Maintain a constant pulse on the business and financials, identifying areas of risk and opportunity.

  • Partner effectively with other executives, key stakeholders, and legal team leaders throughout the company including HR, Finance, IT, The Walt Disney Company Centers of Excellence, and Corporate Legal Affairs to drive forward the business and organization strategies, priorities, and projects of Studio Legal Affairs.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years relevant legal experience, preferably with a mix of law firm and in-house production experience.

  • Previous experience in legal operations, strategy, project management, or related disciplines preferred.

  • Broad leadership and training experience to lead, develop, and motivate a highly experienced team.

  • Strong project management, planning, organization, and communication skills with the ability to drive projects to completion under shifting priorities and ambiguity.

  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks and changing priorities.

  • Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short term and long-term challenges.

  • Excellent analytical, diagnostic, and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships, influence decisions, and drive consensus among multiple stakeholders.

  • Demonstrates ability to maintain standards of strict confidentiality with respect to all matters and documents.

  • Develops and maintains collaborative and collegial relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • An excellent work ethic and commitment to professionalism.

Required Education

  • Law degree from an accredited law school

  • Membership in the California State Bar Association (or willingness and qualification to be registered as In-House Counsel)

Job Location:

  • Burbank, CA (Hybrid)

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About Studios Content:

The Studios Content group encompasses a collection of world-class entertainment studios that produce high-quality cinematic storytelling for both theatrical and streaming release. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of popular stage shows on Broadway and around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call Studios Content.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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