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Executive Director - Music Business Affairs

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 917368BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business General Entertainment Content Date posted Jan. 13, 2022

Job Summary:

The Music Business and Legal Affairs department of Disney General Entertainment is seeking an exceptional music attorney with demonstrated experience making music related deals for various purposes and business units, and related experience. The ideal candidate must have excellent negotiating, drafting and analytical skills, and must be able to make quick decisions, understand both the business affairs and legal affairs perspectives in evaluating a particular course of action, and work comfortably and efficiently in a fast-paced environment. This position works closely with the Business and Legal Affairs executives but must also be able to independently negotiate, draft and function in a fast-paced environment.


  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and administering music agreements including composer agreements, music supervisor agreements, songwriter agreements, producer agreements, master use licenses, synchronization licenses, mechanical licenses, name and likeness releases, artist releases, record company and music publishing waivers, and music library agreements.
  • Negotiating agreements to ensure terms and conditions comply with company policies, establishing mutually approved boilerplates with licensors.
  • Advising on rights and uses of musical content in productions across various lines of business, marketing and promotions, publicity, and other ancillary uses.
  • Advising on copyright and intellectual property issues involving music and negotiating with copyright owners on various music issues.
  • Knowledge of and experience with music publishers, record labels, collecting rights societies.
  • Conducting legal research and analyzing and summarizing agreements with respect to the grant of rights, permitted exploitations, financial obligations and other material terms.
  • Reviewing and analyzing audio and audio-visual content with respect to clearance issues.
  • Drafting, updating and maintaining form agreements.
  • Expert understanding of business and legal concepts concerning music in connection with various lines of business, and the ability to proactively and efficiently manage multiple projects and business partners at the same time.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience as a Music Attorney at a network, television studio, film studio or equivalent experience at a law firm.
  • Excellent contract drafting skills.
  • Ability to independently negotiate, review and draft music agreements from inception to completion in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Superior drafting, analytical and writing skills including a keen attention to detail and nuance.
  • Excellent research and review skills including the ability to identify and present issues succinctly and accurately.
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently while adhering to multiple deadlines.
  • Must thrive in working in a team environment and in collaborating with others.
  • Ability to appropriately work with highly confidential materials and information.
  • Ability to accept instructions and follow through.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong business and financial acumen.
  • In good standing with the California State Bar

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in drafting, reviewing, negotiating and administering music agreements and music clearances for various types of productions.
  • Prior music related international production/distribution/collecting rights society related experience strongly preferred.
  • Established relationships with record companies, music publishers, managers, and agents.

Required Education

Juris Doctor Degree

About General Entertainment Content:

The General Entertainment Content group creates original entertainment and news content for the Company’s streaming platforms and its cable and broadcast networks.

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 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call General Entertainment Content.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. 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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