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Senior Manager, Production Legal Affairs

Job ID 10080646 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Jun. 06, 2024
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"I didn't think it was possible that something I did for fun - telling sports stories through stats - could become my job until I came here."

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Job Summary:

The Senior Manager, Production Legal Affairs handles day-to-day production legal matters including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating below-the-line production agreements for Disney Entertainment – Studios film banners 20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, and Searchlight Pictures; and managing other special projects.   Responsible for assigned productions and for supervising assigned personnel.

Job Responsibilities

  • Draft, review, and negotiate visual effects agreements, below-the-line production, and third-party agreements, including a wide variety of contracts including location agreements, office space rentals, leases, equipment rentals, manufacture agreements, vendor agreements, aviation and drone rentals, watercraft agreements, prop rentals, among other services.
  • Responsible for managing, evaluating, prioritizing, and directing the work of assigned personnel, which will include overseeing and reviewing their work.
  • Routinely exercise discretion and independent judgement.
  • Provide guidance to producers and production personnel for high-risk issues, as needed.
  • Partner with Attorneys, Finance, Labor Relations, Physical Production, and Risk Management among other teams to ensure alignment.
  • Assess status of productions, on a continuous basis, while making adjustments to an approach or resources, as needed.
  • Perform special projects (e.g., master sourcing agreements) and other related duties as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience at an entertainment company, law firm, live event company, or strong motion picture production office experience with a minimum of two (2) years drafting, reviewing, and negotiating below-the-line contracts.
  • Minimum two (2) years supervisory experience. 
  • Experience counseling business partners and making decisions that have legal and business impacts.
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills with the ability to analyze complex issues and devise solutions independently.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined, with ability to multi-task under pressure, prioritize, and manage a heavy workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Team player with a positive attitude.
  • Highly organized, efficient, adaptable, accurate, and detail oriented.
  • Strong communications skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as proficiency with editing documents and redlining contracts.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree.

The hiring range for this position in Burbank, CA is $102,000 - $136,700 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

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About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

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. Disney champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

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