Full Time Job

Director, Business Affairs and Legal Counsel

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Burbank, CA 06-10-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Director of Business Affairs and Legal Counsel will provide support to Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) by negotiating, structuring, drafting and advising on deals and legal issues relating to the development and production of animation content for release on various distribution platforms, and related studio activities.

Responsibilities:
• • Draft and negotiate production agreements, including writers, voice talent, independent contractors, production services agreements, vendor agreements, carve-out agreements, NDAs, etc., and advise on legal issues relating to production
• Supervise and assist with clearance / licensing
• Manage copyright / trademark analysis
• Manage guild / union issues
• Familiarity with employment law issues
• Manage and assist with negotiating and drafting technology agreements
• Communicate directly with producers, directors, development executives, department heads, and internal employees
• Assist in preparation and presentation of internal training / educational presentations to studio management and employees
• Negotiate and analyze business and legal issues and draft agreements relating to studio recruitment, outreach, talent development and operations
• Negotiate and draft agreements on behalf of, and provide legal advice to, the Creative Legacy group
• Negotiate and analyze business and legal issues on behalf of the Animation Research Library
• Negotiate and draft agreements on behalf of the Animation Research Library (including museum exhibition agreements, artwork loan agreements, publishing agreements, etc.)

Basic Qualifications:
• 3 - 5 years legal experience
• Membership in the California State Bar Association (or willingness and qualification to be registered In-House Counsel) required
• Prior experience negotiating and documenting film production agreements or television/streaming production agreements required
• Prior experience in intellectual property matters strongly preferred
• Prior animation experience preferred
• Must possess an ability to work independently and within a team-oriented environment, and have a commitment to learning and excellence
• Superior analytical and writing skills and ability, together with strong business and financial acumen
• Superior client communication skills
• Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills, ability to operate independently, execute against multiple, high-priority projects and a keen attention to detail
• Professional, confident demeanor

Required Education
• JD

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d91w44-3-236-98-69-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made.