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Associate Principal Counsel

Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)
Location: Azusa
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary:The Distribution Legal group is seeking an attorney to work on innovative, high-profile, industry-leading content distribution matters. The role will focus on distribution of the ESPN, Disney, NatGeo and FX television networks by cable, satellite and digital MVPD distributors within the U.S., distribution of Disney and ESPN direct-to-consumer services worldwide, and distribution of Disney Studios motion picture content on a transactional basis.We are looking for a bright, energetic, organized, self-motivated and reliable person who can work closely with senior attorneys, alongside other internal business units, and who will exercise the highest level of ethics and discretion.Excellent drafting and communication skills are required. Some prior exposure to licensing, intellectual property, entertainment, media and technology issues preferred, but not required.Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with senior attorneys and directly with business units on drafting, negotiating and closing distribution agreements with MVPDs and other distributors for all content-producing divisions within Media Networks, such as ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ESPN, Disney Channel/Disney Jr./XD, FX, NatGeo and Freeform, for both traditional and new platforms and business models.
  • Work closely with senior attorneys and directly with business units on drafting, negotiating and closing agreements for the distribution of Disney's direct-to-consumer applications and paid subscription products such as Disney+ and ESPN+ with application platform providers, MVPDs and resellers.
  • Direct responsibility as a legal point person for our distribution team in drafting, negotiating and closing broadcast TV, cable/satellite, and other licensing and distribution agreements for the U.S. As part of that work, this position will serve as the primary legal point-person with respect to a number of Disney's licensees.
  • Provide advice and counsel to business and legal colleagues regarding distribution issues, novel legal questions arising from technological and marketplace developments, FCC and other regulations, and analysis of complex contractual provisions.
  • Work closely with lawyers and executives from relevant internal groups (network and studio legal and business affairs, sales, technology, regulatory, antitrust counsel, labor relations, privacy, music, affiliate relations, ad sales and operations, etc.) to analyze and advise on complicated legal and regulatory issues in emerging distribution platforms and business models.
  • Oversee legal issues related to distribution relationships, including MFN analysis and compliance.Basic Qualifications:
    • Minimum five (5) years of legal experience
    • Admission and in good standing status in a state Bar association and the willingness and qualification to be Authorized House Counsel under Chapter 17, of the Rules Regulating The California Bar
    • Outstanding drafting and writing skills
    • Must have deep interest in entertainment, media and technology industries, and willingness to learn about new areas
    • Ability to work independently or under limited supervision
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Must be team-oriented and have the ability to take a solution-oriented approach to legal issues
    • Self-motivated, with outstanding interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate complex concepts and issues effectively with colleagues, counterparts and management
    • Ability to multi-task and work quickly and collaboratively under tight deadlinesPreferred Qualifications:
      • Prior experience with entertainment, media and technology issues is helpful, but is not required
      • Some prior exposure to copyright law, intellectual property licenses and Internet and mobile platforms is preferredRequired Education
        • JD or equivalent
        • Strong academic credentialsAdditional Information:#legalaffairs #corp_media #li-jb3

Keywords: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate), Azusa , Associate Principal Counsel, Legal , Azusa, California

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