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Associate Principal Counsel

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7112018420220130 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Jul. 11, 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:

At ABC Entertainment, you’ll help us tell stories that touch millions of people around the globe and new ways for us to connect with the world.  Now is your opportunity to unleash your skills … ABC Entertainment is seeking an experienced attorney with strong transactional skills and entertainment background to be part of its Legal Affairs team.

Responsibilities :

  • Handling agreements and identifying and resolving legal issues in connection with development, production, licensing, marketing and promotion of original programming for ABC and other Disney platforms.
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide variety of agreements and deals, including development, production and licensing of unscripted programming, late night, specials, indemnity and production services agreements, sponsorship agreements, marketing and promotional agreements, digital agreements, above-the line talent, underlying rights and production-related agreements.  Providing analysis and advice in connection with legal rights and obligations, deal structure, production of original content, talent and rights approvals, guild agreements, intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, audits and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of The ABC Television Network, ABCE Marketing/Publicity and unscripted production studio. 
  • Clients will include such other departments as Business Affairs, Creative, Production, Finance, Participations, Marketing, Brand Management, Promotions, and BS&P.


Basic Qualifications :

  • At least seven (7) years of law firm and/or in-house experience, with substantial experience drafting/negotiating entertainment agreements, some experience in production legal and familiarity with intellectual property law (copyright and trademark).
  • Strong drafting, negotiating and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to work efficiently under deadlines and juggle multiple high-priority projects.
  • Detail oriented, hardworking, responsible team player.
  • Perform duties under minimal supervision, and exercises sound, independent judgment.
  • Demonstrates a professional, confident demeanor with opposing counsel, works well with colleagues and communicates effectively with clients and management.   
  • Takes initiative and able to problem-solve in a professional, creative and ethical manner.
  • Positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with colleagues and clients.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Substantial experience in entertainment legal at Broadcast or Cable Television Network or Studio, with in-depth understanding of television and experience drafting/negotiating complex production, talent, licensing and marketing agreements. 

Required Education :

  • JD and Admission to California State Bar Association (or Registered In-House Counsel).

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About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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 TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp. 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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