Associate Principal Counsel
Walt Disney PicturesBurbank, CA
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Associate Principal Counsel (Rights Management) - PH
We are seeking an attorney with experience in copyright/intellectual property, in particular rights analysis, drafting and negotiation, to join our Walt Disney Studio legal team on a project with anticipated project length of 12 months, subject to extension.
Principal duties will include: reviewing motion picture chain-of-title; advising creative and business departments on historical information relating to Studio's motion picture rights; preparing memos regarding status of rights and rights summaries; working with more senior studio attorney and intellectual property counsel to analyze all copyright issues associated with the exercise of rights in Studio motion pictures, including potential termination rights, abend and other copyright reversion issues, and public domain; maintaining rights files and databases; and assisting the team with other special projects as may be necessary from time to time.
As a member of our legal affairs team, in addition to rights analysis and rights project management, you will also act as a key negotiator working on behalf of Studio leadership in drafting and negotiating motion picture rights agreements. You will manage important relationships with our business and entertainment partners and advise business leadership and senior legal executives on transactional and strategic issues relating to motion picture rights.
• Minimum 5 years of significant legal experience, with 3 years preferably in areas of intellectual property. Familiarity with motion picture business and legal issues required.
• Superior written and oral communication skills, including experience dealing with senior management and clients and ability to distill complicated legal concepts into non-legal terminology.
• Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well in a team environment.
• Project management experience.
• Ability to evaluate and reconcile issues from the business-unit and enterprise level perspective.
• Ability to prioritize and take initiative, maintain attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, with the ability to follow through on numerous projects.
• Ability to work in an environment with a high degree of confidentiality.
• Capable of managing changing priorities & deadline pressure.
JD degree. Admission to California State Bar Association (or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel)
About The Walt Disney Studios:
For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.
About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.
This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Studios.
Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.