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Director, Business Affairs – Original Content

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 985179BR Location New York, New York, United States Business ESPN Date posted May 25, 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:

The Director, Business Affairs – Original Content, as part of the Programming, Acquisitions & Original Content department, will be responsible for setting the structure, negotiation strategy and leading the business relationships for ESPN’s original content portfolio; specifically related to the development, production, licensing and acquisition of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 series, ESPN Films and ESPN+ Originals. This position will also lead the business operations team responsible for original content. The position will report to the Senior Director, Business Affairs – Original Content.

The preferred location for this role is NY, but may be open to CT or CA.


  • This position will be expected to exercise significant independent judgement, discretion, and decision-making authority to directly handle the evaluating, structuring, negotiating and implementing of a wide range of agreements as well as the ongoing relationship and business management of those deals.
  • Will work closely with executives within the Programming Acquisitions & Original Content division and across The Walt Disney Company (including Legal, Business Affairs, Finance, Production, Marketing, Ad Sales and Distribution) throughout all stages of a deal, including compiling and prioritizing deal points from the various business units, communicate and champion best practices, and at all times to operate in and be a proponent for the best interest of the company.
  • Manage business aspect of original content, tent pole events & ancillary areas, such as: distribution rights and clearance issues that may arise in connection with the acquisition and exploitation of content across ESPN, The Walt Disney Company and third party platforms; advising and supporting senior executives on key business issues and rights matters and on global content exploitation deals and strategy.
  • Lead a team of three (3) accountable for production management across the entire portfolio of original content.
  • Assist in the Business Affairs needs in other areas on an ad hoc basis.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in Legal and/or Business Affairs
  • Experience with structuring, negotiating and implementing complex deals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience structuring, negotiating and implementing entertainment deals (e.g., production, acquisition, distribution, digital, emerging businesses, etc.)
  • Experience in the digital media and/or direct to consumer space
  • Superior analytical and writing skills and ability, together with strong business and financial acumen
  • Strong negotiation skills, both as an individual and with a team
  • Ability to strategize and think creatively; strong problem solving skills required
  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to juggle multiple, high-priority projects, with a keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge and understanding of digital media initiatives, platforms, products and services (streaming, distribution models and platforms, etc.) and the entertainment industry generally
  • Professional, confident demeanor and a team player
  • Ability to perform duties under minimal supervision while exercising discretion and independent, sound judgment
  • Must excel in a fast-paced, results-oriented work environment

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education

  • Juris Doctor Degree strongly preferred

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

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 ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business we call ESPN.

ESPN Productions, 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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