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Counsel ABC Signature - Legal Affairs

Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)
Location: Burbank
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Counsel/ABC Signature Legal Affairs

The Counsel for ABC Signature Legal Affairs will be a member of a diverse and dynamic Legal Affairs team. You will work collaboratively with other lawyers and Business Affairs executives on all legal matters, and will be expected to provide guidance and direction reflecting sound judgment and substantive legal knowledge. The position reports to the Principal Counsel for ABC Signature.

Responsibilities

LEGAL EXPERTISE & LEADERSHIP:

  • Provide direction and guidance in connection with all legal issues related to the production of original material.
  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements for the development and production of original live-action programming for exhibition on a variety of platforms including streaming services and cable networks.
  • Provide analysis and advice in connection with intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of a large television studio. Clients include such other departments as Business Affairs, Creative, Development, Production, Production Finance, Casting and Casting Administration, Contracts Administration, Marketing, and Brand Management.
  • Experience in the following areas is essential: live action, scripted television production; distribution/acquisition agreements; copyright; trademark; defamation; and rights of publicity and privacy. CROSS-TEAM COLLABORATION & PARTNERSHIP:
    • Work closely with the Litigation Department and outside counsel on litigation matters relating to all aspects of the ABC Signature business, including distribution, production, labor and clearances.
    • Work closely with the corporate Intellectual Property group in connection with intellectual property issues, including anti-piracy, clearance, privacy/defamation, copyright, trademark and music issues.
    • Coordinate with the corporate Tax Department on tax issues for ABC Signature, working often in this regard with Production Finance and Business Affairs.
    • Partner effectively and work closely with Labor Relations, Business Affairs and Production on high-level and strategic labor issues that confront ABC Signature. Basic Qualifications

      Work Experience
      • The qualified candidate will have a JD degree and at least 4+ years of experience, preferably in Legal Affairs in the television or streaming industry. Intellectual property, corporate transaction and/or litigation experience at a major law firm or studio will also be considered.
      • Demonstrated success in earning the trust of legal and business executives to handle complex and sensitive issues.
      • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze complex issues and devise solutions and strategies.
      • Excellent negotiation, drafting, and writing skills; as well as the ability to problem solve in an efficient, business-friendly, creative manner.
      • Basic knowledge of AFTRA/SAG, DGA and WGA rules for live-action content.
      • A collegial and collaborative lawyer with a commitment to a positive working environment within the legal organization. Skills & Abilities
        • Exceptional drafting, analytical and organizational skills.
        • Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently, executing multiple high-priority projects with keen attention to detail.
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment and discretion.
        • Excellent work ethic and interpersonal skills, including a healthy sense of humor and the ability to build professional, interdepartmental relationships at multiple levels. Preferred Qualifications
          • Television studio or production company experience preferred.
          • Experience as a lawyer within a law firm. Required Education
            • Law degree.
            • Bar Membership (California is preferred).

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