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The Walt Disney Company

Associate Principal Counsel - 20th Television

Job Summary:

20th Television is searching for an experienced attorney to work in the role of Associate Principal Counsel. This role will provide support in structuring, negotiating, drafting and advising on deals relating to the development and production of television programming, and will serve as lead production counsel for several television series.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of entertainment agreements involving the development and production of original live action programming for telecast on a variety of platforms: streaming services and cable networks.
  • Provide strategic advice to business, casting, creative, production and finance executives regarding legal matters related to production, intellectual property concerns, chain of title issues, pay equity guidance, and other deal-related, strategic and compliance issues related to the production of original material.
  • Act as production counsel for pilots and series including analysis and advice in connection with intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, defamation, rights of publicity and privacy and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of a large television studio.
  • Provide counsel to creative, business affairs and television writers and producers with respect to original and complex fact-based projects.
  • Work closely with the Litigation Department and outside counsel on litigation matters and with the corporate Intellectual Property group in managing intellectual property issues, including anti-piracy, title and character clearance, patent, trademark and music issues.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of combined experience at a law firm and/or network/studio.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze complex issues and devise solutions and strategies.
  • Superior negotiation, drafting, and writing skills; as well as ability to problem solve in an efficient, business-friendly, creative manner.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, prioritization and time management skills, along with the ability to work under tight deadlines and execute efficiently against multiple, high-priority and high-volume projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional ability to respond to and interact with creative and business executives at all levels of seniority and any degree of familiarity with legal issues in a manner that is personable, professional, and useful.
  • Exceptional facility with spotting issues, assessing and communicating risks, making common-sense decisions, and finding flexible/creative solutions to achieve business goals.
  • A collegial and collaborative lawyer with enthusiasm for developing skills and experience alongside an evolving business with innovative ideas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in intellectual property and/or at a television studio.

Required Education

  • JD or equivalent
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Admission to California State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel

Additional Information:

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