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Counsel, ABC Legal, News & Regulation

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10055832 Location Washington, DC, United States / Burbank, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Aug. 01, 2023

Job Summary:

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

Disney Legal is seeking a highly qualified Counsel with significant experience in FCC regulatory matters to join the ABC Legal, News & Regulation team and work on a variety of such matters as they relate to the ABC owned television stations and the ABC Television Network. 

The ABC Legal, News & Regulation team provides legal advice and support to ABC News, the ABC owned television stations, ABC local and network political advertising sales, and the ABC scripted and unscripted Broadcast Standards & Practices groups on a wide range of matters including editorial and newsgathering issues involved in the preparation and distribution of national and local news programming; FCC regulatory issues; and sweepstakes/contests/promotions.   


The successful applicant for the Counsel position will be expected to advise the ABC owned television stations and the Television Network on a wide variety of FCC regulatory issues, including at least some of the following:

  • FCC licensing

  • Children’s programming requirements and reports

  • Political and issue advertising, including access, public file, and lowest unit rate rules

  • Equal time

  • Indecency

  • Sponsor identification

  • Public file requirements

  • FCC EEO requirements

  • Issue/program reports

  • Closed captioning (including responding to viewer complaints)

  • Manage FCC licenses and related filings to ensure our compliance with those licenses, including overseeing the preparation and submission of ownership reports.

  • Other FCC regulatory matters that may arise

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a law firm, at the FCC, or as in-house counsel at a media company on at least some of the issues

  • General familiarity with FCC structures and processes

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team lawyers in New York, NY and Burbank, CA, and Disney’s Government Relations team in Washington, DC

  • Outstanding legal analytic skills

  • Demonstrated motivation, accountability, and independent initiative.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Existing knowledge and experience with at least some of the following: FCC licensing, Childrens’ programming requirement, political issues advertising, equal time, indecency, sponsor identification, public file requirements, FCC EEO requirements, closed captioning.

Required Education:

  • JD or equivalent from an accredited law school

  • Admission to the State Bar in the jurisdiction where the position is located or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel in such jurisdiction

Additional Information:

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The hiring range for this position in Washington, D.C., Burbank, CA or New York, NY is $133,280.00 - $189,750.00 per 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 The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, 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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