Associate Principal Counsel - Distribution

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.
This Corporate Legal group directly supports the US and Canadian distribution of The Walt Disney Studios and Disney ABC Television Group content via traditional and new media and coordinates with all other US and international lawyers involved in content distribution.
The team is seeking an experienced attorney to work in a fast-paced environment on innovative, high-profile, industry leading television distribution matters, including long term licensing agreements for motion picture and television series to sophisticated licensees in North America. We are looking for a bright, energetic, self-motivated and reliable person who can work closely with senior attorneys and business executives and exercise discretion and the highest level of ethics in connection with confidential information. This role will be responsible for drafting, negotiating and closing license agreements for the distribution of the Company?s motion pictures and television content (1) in the US to basic cable programming services, broadcast networks and local broadcast stations, and (2) in Canada to free and specialty television outlets. This person will ideally have experience in media distribution with proven ability to work independently. Provide other legal support and advise to the distribution group, update templates, and participate in other department initiatives.
Responsibilities :
+ Work closely with senior attorneys and directly with business units on drafting, negotiating and closing distribution agreements for Company content, including first-run series, off-network series, motion pictures and first-run syndicated content to US and Canadian programming services.
+ Work with the Canadian sales team and TWDC distribution business operations and strategy group to structure, draft and negotiate channel carriage agreements with Canadian licensees.
+ Work independently and manage deals with minimal supervision while ensuring Company?s policies, procedures, intellectual property rights and other key concepts are properly addressed.
+ Maintain a clear understanding of and manage various rights issues related to the dissemination of content over multiple distribution platforms, including both traditional and emerging media distribution platforms.
+ Ensure compliance with existing agreements, including exclusivities and windowing restrictions.
+ Coordinate with Company subject matter experts (e.g., tax, music, IP, content protection, litigation, participations, and government relations) to address issues arising from distribution deals.
+ Establish, update and maintain processes and templates to create and maintain efficiencies.
Basic Qualifications :
+ Minimum 5 years of work as an attorney at a law firm or in a media company
+ Admission to California State Bar Association or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House
+ Exposure to and an understanding of matters relating to television content distribution
+ Exposure to and an understanding of matters relating to intellectual property, particularly copyright law
+ Exposure to drafting complex content distribution agreements for TV distribution, as well as exposure to non-linear "new media" transactions, preferred but not required
+ Ability to work independently or under limited supervision
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
+ Proven client relationship skills
+ Must be team-oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a solution oriented approach to legal issues
+ Self-motivated, with outstanding interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate complex concepts and issues effectively with colleagues, counterparts and management at all levels
+ Ability to multi-task and work quickly and collaboratively under tight deadlines
Preferred Qualifications :
+ Working knowledge of Canadian laws and regulations relevant to content distribution via various media, including those pertaining to the distribution of US-originating content
Required Education :
+ Law degree from a top-tier, accredited law school
Company Overview :
At Corporate, you?ll team with the best in the business to build one of the most innovative global businesses in any industry. Uniquely positioned at the center of an exciting, multi-faceted Company, the forward-thinkers at Disney Corporate constantly pursue new ideas and technologies to help the Company?s many businesses drive value, all the while gaining something valuable from the experience themselves. Come see the most interesting Company from the most interesting point of view.
Additional Information :
This position is a legal entity of The Walt Disney Company, an equal opportunity employer.
Job ID: 455037BR
Location: Burbank,California
Job Posting Company: Corporate/Shared Services

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