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SVP Business Affairs, ABC News

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 768622BR Location New York, New York, United States Business ABC News Date posted Nov. 06, 2020

Job Summary:

ABC News is hiring a Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, to lead all aspects of Business & Legal Affairs policy and procedure for the ABC News team.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President, ABC News, the SVP oversees the planning and negotiation of talent deals for ABC News’ on-air talent and senior editorial staff. Please note, the SVP will negotiate various high-profile talent deals themselves. Equally as important, the SVP oversees the negotiation of a growing number of production, digital and content license agreements aimed at growing ABC News’ brand and increasing revenue and audience size.
The ideal candidate is a seasoned negotiator who understands the financial and operational drivers of both broadcast and digital news. They must be able to build relationships quickly within the business (Talent, Publicity, Legal, EPs, etc.) and across vendors and clients, and be familiar with media and/or news practices.


  • Oversee the negotiation of talent deals for on-air talent and senior editorial staff, and collaborate with ABC News’ Talent department, show EPs and Editorial leads on talent planning and forecasting.
  • Hands-on negotiation of various high-profile talent deals, and key production and content deals.
  • Oversee the planning and negotiation of content deals with internal and 3rd party content producers (studios, prodcos, etc.) and distribution platforms to help ABC News meet/exceed its revenue and profit goals.
  • Cultivate and foster productive partnerships with ABC News’ heads of Talent, Integrated Content, Long Form and ABC News Live.
  • Rigorously analyze deal structures and look to innovate on all deals and deal templates to ensure ABC News is well-positioned for future business/financial success.
  • Provide risk assessment and strategic advice to News executives on intellectual property, distribution and content rights matters.
  • Develop and implement best practices for negotiating and fulfilling content deals with Hulu and Disney+.
  • Manage a team of business affairs executives to execute department strategies.
  • Set policies, processes and standards to ensure that the business transactions of ABC News are managed and closed in a timely manner, and fall within appropriate business and company parameters.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Significant experience as a business affairs executive negotiating talent, non-scripted, production and digital deals for a major production company, news division, television studio, network or streaming platform.
  • Ideally, experience managing a dynamic and diverse team of television business affairs executives.
  • A track record negotiating and successfully closing deals while maintaining the highest degree of honesty and integrity.
  • A deep understanding of deal structures and financial implications of various production and content agreements.
  • Proven communication skills, with an ability to explain complex legal and business issues with clarity and simplicity to varied audiences.
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills, and an ability to effectively influence without authority.
  • An ability to build relationships quickly, especially with peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in an extremely fast-paced environment.
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and time management skills with a keen attention to detail.

Required Education

  • Juris Doctor.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a top-tier college or university.

About ABC News:

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 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, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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