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Director, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel

Company: Disney Music Group
Location: Burbank
Posted on: November 13, 2022

Job Description:

The Director, Business Affairs and Legal Counsel, Disney Music Group (DMG) provides business and legal affairs services for Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records.The Director's role and primary focus is providing business and legal affairs services, advice and support in the areas of recorded music; day-to-day business and legal affairs related to Disney branded music assets and Hollywood Records recording artists; global catalog initiatives; data and technology improvement projects and marketing efforts. May also support music publishing efforts and initiatives.Primary responsibilities include legal research and advice; negotiating and drafting agreements including: artist recording and other artist-related agreements (including but not limited to agreements for producers, mixers, re-mixers, and featured artists, creative asset commissioning, contests, and social media and marketing-related matters); license agreements, sponsorship/endorsement and partnership agreements; soundtrack album-related agreements; marketing agreements; music publishing agreements and licenses. As well as working as an integrated member of the business and legal affairs, the Director will work closely with all DMG departments on a global basis to provide advice and service their business and legal affairs needs. The role may include directing and supervising the work of others including paralegals, managers and coordinators. The Director directly supports the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs primarily responsible for Disney Branded Content as well as a number of Hollywood Records recording artists.Position requires directly relevant experience and a high-level of demonstrated expertise relevant to the above subject matters and related drafting. Strong interpersonal skills are foundational to success in this role.

  • Review and clear a variety of content for legal and brand issues such as podcasts, social media posts, BTS materials, a/v content, compilations, special projects
  • Working as part of multi-functional team manage and support ongoing data and technology improvement projects
  • Support global business and legal teams with business and legal affairs advice as well as drafting related to local initiatives and localization
  • Advise royalty accounting and finance teams on royalty provisions, financial obligations and entitlements
  • Draft, review and negotiate a variety of music industry agreements, license agreements and other legal documents.
  • Gather, summarize and communicate relevant legal information to internal clients including operations, marketing, sales and licensing teamsRequired Qualifications:
    • A minimum of 7 years of experience specific to music industry
    • Demonstrated strong communication, drafting, analytical and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and reconcile issues from the business unit and at enterprise level
    • Ability to multi-task and think strategically and creatively when solving problems
    • Resilience to working within a complex fast-moving organization
    • Willingness to constructively challenge status quo and be proactive
    • Strong project management skills
    • Familiarity with or interest in repertoire and rights management systems
    • Willingness to work and integrate with multiple partners
    • Strong client relationship and support skills
    • Ability to think strategically and synthesize complex business/financial and other data
    • Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous priorities and serve the needs of multiple stakeholders within the department, other departments and outside the business unit within the wider Walt Disney CompanyRequired Education:
      • JD or equivalent
      • Admission to California State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel

Keywords: Disney Music Group, Burbank , Director, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Legal , Burbank, California

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