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Manager, Business Affairs - ABC News

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10024017 Location New York, New York, United States Business ABC News Date posted Nov. 02, 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:

ABC NEWS BUSINESS AFFAIRS seeks a Business Affairs Manager, reporting to the Director of Business Affairs. Individual should have the ability to manage business affairs activities that support deals or deals under negotiation for both production on long form programming and on and off-air talent; distill complex contracts into manageable summaries; facilitate negotiations by securing needed rights and clearances and conducting routine negotiations on portions of deals; work within tight deadlines on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; is familiar with documentary, docu-follow, and narrative non-fiction projects.


  • Manage the negotiation of a high volume of deals in a fast-paced environment in connection with developing, producing, and/or acquiring content for a wide variety of programming, including non-scripted series, limited series, documentaries, and/or specials.
  • Manage the negotiation of talent contracts (for all levels of on and off-air talent), negotiate with unrepresented talent, lawyers and agents on all major deal points including compensation and production duties.
  • Negotiate ancillary production related agreements such as producer agreements, talent agreements, option agreements, and underlying rights agreements.
  • Takes assigned tasks and accomplishes them by creating work plans and procedures. Enforces applicable policies and may recommend changes in areas where potential improvement can be cultivated.  Effectively uses available resources to meet operating plans. 
  • Partners with various internal teams including, but not limited to, legal, production, labor, talent, human resources, finance, standards, publicity, editorial/creative and marketing to ensure that all deals adhere to company policy, deadlines are met and shares information to transact business agreements and improve cross-departmental processes. 
  • Maintain a database of all pertinent information for current deals, including rights information and restrictions on content, if any. Work with R&C staff that executes proper rights documentation and preparations of reports that are provided to International, Home Viewing and Digital. In conjunction with the reports, advise on available windows for content distribution and limitations on redistribution.
  • Supports deals after close by tracking pertinent dates and cash flow models.
  • Coordinating requests, and reviewing and approving invoices and payments in conjunction with payroll, and talent and production management. 
  • Manage relationships with agents, lawyers and executives throughout entertainment industry.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in media, business, corporate law, with 2 years’ experience in management.
  • Must have strong familiarity with documentary, narrative non-fiction world.
  • Must have outstanding writing, reviewing, negotiating of contracts.
  • Must have excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Must be superior at building and maintaining internal and external relationships.
  • Must have strong interest in negotiation, deal-making and the media business.

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Education:

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to a state bar is strongly preferred

The hiring range for this position in New York is $100,000 - $122,000per year.  The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors.  A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.


About ABC News:

The Disney 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 we call ABC News.

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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