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Director, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel (PH)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 516586BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Studio Entertainment Brand Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted 02/08/2018
At The Walt Disney Studios, you’ll help bring compelling stories to life through film, music and live entertainment.

Director of Business Affairs and Legal Counsel will provide support to Disney Animation Studios (DAS) by negotiating, structuring, drafting and advising on deals relating to the development and production of animation content and related studio activities. This is a 6 month project hire position with a specific end date.


  • Draft and negotiate film production agreements, including writers, voice talent, independent contractors, production services agreements, vendor agreements, carve-out agreements, NDAs, etc.
  • Supervise and negotiate film clearance / licensing
  • Manage copyright / trademark analysis
  • Manage guild / union issues
  • Familiarity with employment law issues
  • Manage and assist with negotiating and drafting technology agreements
  • Communicate directly with talent
  • Communicate directly with producers, directors, development executives, and department heads
  • Assist in preparation and presentation of internal training / educational presentations to studio management and employees
  • Negotiate and analyze business and legal issues and draft agreements relating to studio recruitment, outreach, talent development and operations
  • Negotiate and draft agreements on behalf of, and provide legal advice to, the Creative Legacy group
  • Negotiate and analyze business and legal issues on behalf of the Animation Research Library
  • Negotiate and draft agreements on behalf of the Animation Research Library (including museum exhibition agreements, artwork loan agreements, publishing agreements, etc.)

Basic Qualifications

  • 3-5 years legal experience
  • Prior experience negotiating and documenting film production agreements and in intellectual property matters strongly preferred
  • Prior animation experience strongly preferred or other entertainment, media, or new media related experience.
  • Must possess an ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment and have a commitment to learning and excellence.
  • Superior analytical and writing skills and ability, together with strong business and financial acumen.
  • Superior client communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills, ability to operate independently, execute against multiple, high-priority projects and a keen attention to detail.
  • Professional, confident demeanor

Required Education

  • J.D.

Company Overview

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

Additional Information

This position is a legal entity of The Walt Disney Studios, an equal opportunity employer.
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