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Director, Communications

Apply NowApply Later NOTE: We have a new application system, please create a new account if you have not done so yet when applying. Job ID 10010468 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 29, 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:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Networks is comprised of the most admired portfolio of channels and networks, enteraining and informing well over 200 million viewers across the US each month as well as countless fans, followers and consumers throughout every stage of the audience journey with our broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. The DMED Networks group has oversight of the commercialization and business strategy for the Company’s linear multi-platform television channels, including ABC broadcast network and eight ABC Owned Television Stations, Disney Channels, ESPN, FX, Freeform and National Geographic Network, Media and Magazine. The team also works closely with The Walt Disney Company's creative content organizations (Sports, Entertainment, Film Studios) to determine content requirements and programming budgets and leading the acquisition strategy for 2nd run and library content across the portfolio of channels, in partnership with Disney's DTC streaming teams

We are looking for an experienced communications professional to join our Corporate Communications team at DMED Networks as the Director of Publicity and Communications for ABC Owned Television Stations (ABC OTV) across the eight owned markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Fresno.  

This position would serve as the primary communications strategist to build a proactive media engagement and publicity strategy for group-wide and individual stations that build on the strength of the ABC OTV brand. The role will partner closely on the business strategy and development of key initiatives including the award-winning Localish programming, data journalism, community journalism, and multiplatform innovation that are transforming the local news industry. The role will be responsible for leading communications for key executive speaking engagements, award nominations, and public relations opportunities. 

The ideal candidate will be a strategic, out-of-the-box thinker who is skilled at delivering pristine

communications assets, effectively pitching stories for key trade and industry outlets, and finding creative opportunities for differentiated storytelling. The role must demonstrate the ability to quickly learn complex business issues, and find creative ways to share the work of ABC OTVS.   

Duties, Responsibilities and Expected Contributions 

  • Serve as the communications partner for senior ABC owned television station executives, including the President of ABC OTV and owned station General Managers. 
  • Work closely with business and content development executives to build a proactive engagement and publicity roadmap. 
  • Manage group-wide and individual executive nominations for leading industry awards.  
  • Advise on group-level digital, web, and social activations for special projects and strategic initiatives. 
  • Support media relations, public affairs and other communications initiatives that require high-level written deliverables. Assist with ensuring synergistic messaging and brand consistency across all communications channels. 
  • Oversee development and distribution of press materials, key messages, Q&A documents. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists, online influencers and key internal stakeholders. 
  • Respond to media inquiries and act as company spokesperson as required. 
  • Communicate regular media and issues updates to senior management.
  • Serve as a key member of the global corporate communications team to support media relations and communications needs for other areas of Walt Disney Television as needed. 

Desired Skills and Experience 

a) Experience Required 

The position requires a minimum of 8 – 10 years of communications experience. Experience in the television/news industry is preferred, though not required. The ideal candidate has a strong track record for developing and driving a comprehensive communications strategy, and delivering high-quality speeches and presentations. All applicants for the position must submit a portfolio of material to demonstrate mastery of a broad range of communications assets. BA is mandatory, advanced degree is preferred. 

b) Functional Knowledge and Business Expertise Required 

This is a communications position that will operate at the highest levels of ABC Owned Television Stations and Walt Disney Television. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to keep up with local, national, and global current events to find opportunities to drive forward strategic presence on behalf of ABC Owned Television Stations, while always being cognizant of the context of being a part of the larger global Disney brand.  

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers 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 Disney Streaming Operations LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Operations LLC 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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