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Vice President, Music Business and Legal Affairs – Studio Content

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7119421120220410 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted Sep. 22, 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:

We are seeking an Attorney experienced in all aspects of music business and legal affairs to join our team as VP, Music Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, supporting a studio making globally successful theatrical and streaming motion pictures.   

The position requires the primary negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of complex agreements relating to the development, production, marketing, and exploitation of music for Studio motion pictures, such as rights acquisitions, agreements for composers, songwriters, recording artists, record producers, music supervisors, and other music-related talent. The position also provides general legal advice to all other departments with respect to music-related issues, including music licensing and guild-related matters.


  • Advises, executes, and/or adjusts the approved strategies as they relate to music issues in motion picture development, production, and distribution.  Sets, approves, and updates music-related policies and operating procedures.  Develops annual plans and goals.  Obtains and allocates resources to achieve strategic and operating goals. 

  • Interacts with senior executives throughout the Studio to provide expert advice for music-related business and legal decisions, and keeps them abreast of deal progress and other issues that impact areas of responsibility.  Builds and enhances high-level internal and external relationships with talent representatives, music publishers, and record label executives. 

  • Delegates work to members of the department, and oversees and reviews their work-product. Provides guidance and advice to staff to motivate and insure maximum efficiency and quality of work.


  • 7+ years of increasingly responsible experience in Music Business & Legal Affairs with significant hands-on experience in motion picture production, preferably with a major studio or equivalent law firm experience

  • Ability to operate independently while developing and maintaining strong and trusted relationships with leaders of other departments

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels

  • Demonstrated ability to concisely convey complex issues and offer recommendations

  • A proven leader in setting direction and achieving objectives

  • Proven good judgement, effective deal-making, and contract drafting

Be part of bringing top song talent to the most integrated studio in the world!  This includes sensations like Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton and Encanto, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Celine Dion, and so many more!


About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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