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Director, Business Affairs

New York, NY, USA


About the Role


This position will be expected to exercise significant independent judgement, discretion, and decision-making authority to directly handle the evaluating, structuring, negotiating and implementing of a wide range of agreements as well as the ongoing relationship and business management of those deals.
Will work closely with executives within the Programming Acquisitions & Original Content division and across The Walt Disney Company (including Legal, Business Affairs, Finance, Production, Marketing, Ad Sales and Distribution) throughout all stages of a deal, including compiling and prioritizing deal points from the various business units, communicate and champion best practices, and at all times to operate in and be a proponent for the best interest of the company.
Manage business aspect of original content, tent pole events & ancillary areas, such as: distribution rights and clearance issues that may arise in connection with the acquisition and exploitation of content across ESPN, The Walt Disney Company and third party platforms; advising and supporting senior executives on key business issues and rights matters and on global content exploitation deals and strategy
Lead a team of three (3) accountable for production management across the entire portfolio of original content
Assist in the Business Affairs needs in other areas on an ad hoc basis


About the Company

The Director, Business Affairs – Original Content, as part of the Programming, Acquisitions & Original Content department, will be responsible for setting the structure, negotiation strategy and leading the business relationships for ESPN’s original content portfolio; specifically related to the development, production, licensing and acquisition of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 series, ESPN Films and ESPN+ Originals. This position will also lead the business operations team responsible for original content. The position will report to the Senior Director, Business Affairs – Original Content.

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