Assistant General Counsel
The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA

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Job Description:
The Walt Disney Company is a diversified, international family entertainment and media company whose operations include theme parks and resorts, filmed entertainment including motion pictures and television shows, home video products, records, consumer products, a cruise line, radio and television stations, broadcast and cable networks, internet offerings, publishing activities.

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 successful candidate will provide legal support and advice for the distribution of Company 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.

Responsibilities include:
Draft, negotiate and close licensing deals 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.

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 of 10 years of law firm and/or in-house transactional experience.
At least 5 years experience drafting and negotiating content distribution agreements.
Extremely strong negotiation and drafting skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to manage a heavy volume of complex contracts and transactions.
Working knowledge of US laws and regulations relevant to content distribution via various media, including broadcast
Admission to California State Bar or willingness and qualifications to be Registered In-House Counsel

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of 15 years of law firm and/or in-house transactional experience.
Working knowledge of Canadian laws and regulations relevant to content distribution via various media, including those pertaining to the distribution of US-originating content.

Preferred Education:
Law degree from a top-tier law school.

Required Education:
Law degree from an accredited law school.

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