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Apply NowApply Later Job ID 845490BR Location Washington, DC, United States Business General Entertainment Content Date posted Aug. 30, 2021

Job Summary:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.
The National Geographic Television Legal Affairs Department is seeking an experienced television production and development lawyer with at least 2 years of unscripted television experience to join their team. This Counsel role will support the production management and development teams negotiate, draft and finalize all television programming deals as well as provide regular guidance on day to day television productions. This is a unique opportunity to be an important part of the Nat Geo television family, and to help Nat Geo continue to produce award winning documentaries and television programming.
This position will be located in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities:

The responsibilities for this Counsel position include drafting a wide variety of television agreements, including TV programming deals (acquisitions, commissions, co-productions and development deals), domestic and international license agreements, and other agreements for NGP’s international and domestic television properties. Counsel will serve as a primary legal advisor for television productions, including content review and clearance. Additionally, Counsel will provide legal analysis to internal clients as needed (often concerning legal rights and responsibilities, and risk assessment) in order to make informed business decisions. Finally, Counsel will liaise directly with legal counterparts at Disney/ABC to facilitate best practices exchanges.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of legal experience in a law firm or in-house legal department
  • Must be a member of good standing in at least one state bar
  • Strong interpersonal skills (multi-cultural/ written/verbal/negotiation)
  • Needs to be able to handle advanced level reasoning tasks and have good judgement
  • Familiarity with Word, Adobe, and Excel
  • Must be able to respond to and interact with both internal and external senior level business executives in a professional, articulate, personable and useful manner. Must be very organized and detail-oriented. Must be comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in television preferred

Required Education

  • JD or equivalent
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Admission and good standing status in a state Bar association


About General Entertainment Content:

The 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 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call General Entertainment Content.

Disney Worldwide Services, 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 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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