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Counsel – ABC Entertainment

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 771716BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Jan. 12, 2021

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 … we are seeking an experienced attorney with strong transactional skills and entertainment background to be part of our Legal Affairs team.


Responsibilities will include drafting and negotiating agreements in connection with development, production, licensing, marketing, and promotion of television programs for ABC Entertainment. Clients will include such departments as Business Affairs, Creative, Current Programming, Production, Marketing, Publicity and Integrated Marketing.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Supporting general marketing/publicity legal matters such as drafting and negotiating marketing agreements, advising on talent and other rights approvals, creative clearances, as well as the production of original promotional content.
  • Handling a wide variety of projects and agreements, including acquisition, development and licensing of scripted and reality programming, late night, theatricals, movies-for-television, specials, indemnity and production services agreements, sponsorship agreements, marketing and promotional agreements and production of original programming.
  • Providing analysis and advice in connection with legal issues, rights and obligations, deal structure, guild agreements, intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, audits and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of a national, commercial, free television network.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of law firm and/or in-house transactional experience, with some experience in entertainment legal (preferably television).
  • Familiarity with licensing/production agreements and intellectual property law (copyright and trademark).
  • Strong drafting, negotiating and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to work under deadlines and execute efficiently against multiple, high-priority projects.
  • Detail oriented, hard working, responsible team player.
  • Ability to perform duties under minimal supervision while exercising discretion and independent, sound judgment.
  • A professional, confident demeanor and an ability to work well with colleagues and to communicate effectively and positively with clients and all levels of management, including providing counsel to senior level executives.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve in a professional, creative and ethical manner.
  • Positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and office-related software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience drafting/negotiating license, production services and/or marketing agreements at a Broadcast or Cable Television Network or Television Production Studio.

Required Education

  • JD or equivalent
  • Admitted or eligible for admission to practice in California

Additional Information:


About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

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 The Walt Disney Company, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

The Walt Disney Company 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, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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