Principal Counsel

Burbank, CA, USA | Disney

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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LegalAffairs The Principal Counsel for Fox 21 Legal Affairs will be a senior member of a diverse and dynamic Legal Affairs team. You will work collaboratively with Fox 21 senior management on all legal matters, and will be expected to provide guidance and direction reflecting sound judgment and substantive legal knowledge and expertise. You will be directly involved in managing significant and complex legal issues for Fox 21. You will work closely with corporate legal departments, senior corporate leadership, and others in handling these matters. The position reports to the Assistant Chief Counsel for Fox 21.


Serve as a subject matter expert on all development and production legal matters for Fox 21 Legal Affairs.

Provide direction and oversight of all deal-related issues related to the production of original material.

Draft, review and negotiate agreements for the development and production of original live action programming for telecast on a variety of platforms: streaming services and cable networks.

Analysis and advice in connection with intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of a large television studio. Clients will include such other departments as Business Affairs, Creative, Development, Production, Production Finance, Casting and Casting Administration, Contract Administration, Marketing, and Brand Management.

Substantial expertise in the following areas is essential: live action, scripted television production; distribution/acquisition agreements; copyright; trademark; clearances; defamation; rights of publicity and privacy, and other personal and property rights.


Work closely with the Litigation Department and outside counsel on litigation matters relating to all aspects of the Fox 21 business, including distribution, production, labor and clearances.

Work closely with the corporate Intellectual Property group in managing all intellectual property issues relating to Fox 21, including anti-piracy, clearance, privacy/defamation, patent, trademark and music issues.

Coordinate with the corporate Tax Department on tax issues for Fox 21, working often in this regard with Business Affairs.

Partner effectively and work closely with Labor Relations, Business Affairs and Production on high-level and strategic labor issues that confront Fox 21.

Manage all legal matters relating to Fox 21 content and its distribution.

Work Experience

Qualified candidate will have a JD degree and a minimum of 7 years’ experience in Legal Affairs in the television or streaming industry.

Demonstrated success in earning the trust of senior legal and business management to manage complex and sensitive issues.

Experience with complex backend participation and co-production arrangements.

Has breadth of knowledge about the television studio business and legal issues as well as best practices specific to the television business.

Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze complex issues and devise solutions and strategies.

Superior negotiation, drafting, and writing skills; as well as ability to problem solve in an efficient, business-friendly, creative manner.

Knowledge of AFTRA/SAG, DGA and WGA rules for live action content.

A collegial and collaborative lawyer with a commitment to a positive working environment within the legal organization.

Skills & Abilities

Exceptional drafting, analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently, executing multiple high priority projects with keen attention to detail.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to perform duties under minimal supervision while exercising discretion and independent, sound judgment.

Strong mentoring capabilities.

Excellent work ethic and interpersonal skills, including a healthy sense of humor and the ability to build professional, interdepartmental relationships at multiple levels.

Must excel in advising and collaborating with Fox 21 senior management on all relevant matters.

Television studio or production company experience preferred.

Experience in international production and co-financing arrangements.

Experience as a lawyer within a law firm.

Law degree from top tier law school.

Bar Membership (California is preferred).