The Walt Disney Company Head of Business Affairs - ABC Studios International in London, United Kingdom

ABC Studios International, the international division of ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content, is seeking a candidate for the newly-created position of Head of Business Affairs to lead the business affairs and deal-making functions of ABC Studios International. The successful candidate will have the ambition to be a key player in driving exponential growth to the division together with a demonstrated track record for excellence as a collaborative deal-maker with exceptional industry knowledge, inter-personal skills and the highest degree of integrity. The position will be based in the London offices of ABC Studios International and support the Managing Director of ABC Studios International. The role will report to the Executive-Vice President, Business Operations, of ABC Studios.

Disney ABC Television Network

The ABC Television Network is home to the Emmy-winning "Modern Family" and comedy favourite “The Middle”; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank" and long-running hit “Dancing with the Stars"; “General Hospital,” which just celebrated its 50th anniversary on the network, along with daytime talk shows “The View” and “The Chew”; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including The Oscars, the Country Music Awards, The American Music Awards and The Billboard Music Awards. ABC’s viewing experience is enhanced through a variety of innovative and award-winning digital entertainment platforms, including the innovative WATCH ABC app.

ABC Studios

ABC Studios is a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The studio is the primary content provider for ABC Entertainment, producing hit series for the network, including “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Once Upon a Time," “Quantico” and “Scandal,” co-productions “Designated Survivor,” "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and “Speechless,” and late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live”; along with “Code Black” and "Criminal Minds" for CBS. For the 2017-18 season, ABC Studios is producing the dramas “The Crossing,” “For the People,” “The Gospel of Kevin” and a “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, the comedy, “The Mayor,” and co-producing the dramas “The Good Doctor” and “Marvel’s Inhumans,” and the comedy “Alex, Inc.” for ABC; as well as the comedy “College-ish” for Freeform. Under the ABC Studios umbrella is also ABC Signature, the boutique division spearheading development and production in premium, basic cable and digital platforms. ABC Signature Studios co-productions include “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu, "Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” and “Marvel’s New Warriors” for Freeform, and “SMILF” for Showtime. In addition, ABC Studios International oversees global development and production.

Responsibilities :

  • Structure, negotiate, manage, document/coordinate documentation of all business deals in connection with ABCSI’s development and production activities, which include:

  • The engagement of writers, producers, actors, directors, and consultants

  • The option/acquisition of underlying rights

  • Arrangements with coproduction partners

  • Distribution/first look arrangements with production companies

  • The licensing of ABCSI content to networks and on demand platforms

  • Coordinate with and manage in-house and outside counsel as necessary

  • Maintain and expand strong working relationships with internal executives as well as externally with agencies, the creative community, broadcasters, and other licensees of ABCSI’s programming

  • Management of ABCSI’s development and overhead budgets

  • Oversee the functions of various support departments relative to ABCSI’s activities such as Contracts Administration, Casting Administration and Credits Administration

  • Provide support to ABC Studios and Disney Strategic Planning in the analysis and structuring of acquisition opportunities

  • Collaborate with Disney Media Distribution to deepen existing strategic relationships and develop new business partnerships and opportunities

  • The role will report to the Executive-Vice President, Business Operations, of ABC Studios based in the US and support the Managing Director of ABC Studios International.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent legal degree

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with a track record of excellence as a business affairs executive with a major US television studio, UK production company, US national television network or OTT platform, UK national television network or OTT platform, or equivalent law firm experience

  • Expertise in all aspects of international development, production and distribution

  • Expertise in applicable guild requirements

  • Must possess an ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment and have a commitment to learning and excellence.

  • Superior analytical and writing skills and ability, together with strong business and financial acumen.

  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills with the ability to execute against multiple high-priority projects, with a keen attention to detail.

  • Exceptional inter-personal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated track record of holding to the highest degree of honesty and integrity.

Company Overview :

From world-class feature films to Disney-branded TV channels and hit TV programmes, to exhilarating theme parks, exciting virtual worlds, and Disney-branded products that invoke a lifetime of memories, The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland has been delivering unforgettable entertainment experiences for more than 75 years.

Additional Information :

Please note: only successful candidates will be contacted.

Job ID: 471017BR

Location: London,United Kingdom

Job Posting Company: Media Networks