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Associate Principal Counsel - Animation

Company: The Walt Disney Studios
Location: Carson
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary:We are seeking an attorney to join the Walt Disney Studios Production Legal Affairs Team. As an Associate Principal Counsel on the team, under moderate supervision, you will draft and negotiate motion picture contracts, provide legal analysis and advice, and serve as production counsel to 20th Century Studios feature film development and production for theatrical and streaming content, and other original content in support of various studio initiatives.Responsibilities:

  • Draft complicated rights acquisitions and provide legal analysis related to chain-of-title, intellectual property rights and other rights management matters.
  • Draft, analyze and negotiate talent contracts for feature film development and production. You will also prepare memos summarizing motion picture rights, talent approvals, and other obligations.
  • Draft, analyze and negotiate third-party production services agreements in connection with the development and production of animated features and series.
  • Provide counsel on corporate structuring, draft production services agreements, payroll services arrangements, and other documents related to production set-up.
  • Draft and negotiate a variety of production agreements including locations, leases, vendor/equipment, catering, third party consulting and other production related agreements.
  • Evaluate and advise on clearance matters, guild issues, and other concerns relating to the production, marketing and exploitation of feature films and other original content.
  • Draft and negotiate confidentiality agreements, submission releases, non-disclosure agreements, actor releases.Basic Qualifications:
    • 5+ years of significant legal experience with a minimum of 2 years in the entertainment industry.
    • Solid understanding of theatrical motion picture business and legal issues. Demonstrated capacity to keep current on emerging business and legal trends in streaming, motion picture, episodic, television and new media industry.
    • Superior drafting, negotiation, communication and organizational skills. Experience drafting and negotiating live-action, animation, television, streaming, SVOD and/or other entertainment contracts preferred.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well in a team environment and act as a resource to colleagues with less experience. Ability to build interdepartmental relationships at all levels.
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and present arguments to higher-level attorneys and clients to help shape strategic decisions made by those individuals.
    • Ability to evaluate and reconcile issues from the business-unit and enterprise level perspective.
    • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to work under deadlines and execute efficiently against multiple, high-priority and high volume projects. Demonstrates a clear ability to manage fast-paced production environment.
    • Ability to work in an environment with a high degree of confidentiality.Required Education
      • JD degree. Admission to California State Bar Association (or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel) and law degree from an accredited law school.Additional Information:#legalaffairs, #LI-TD2 and #CORP_MEDIA

Keywords: The Walt Disney Studios, Carson , Associate Principal Counsel - Animation, Education / Teaching , Carson, California

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