ABC Studios International - Head of Business Affairs - 10+ PQE

England, London, City of London
11 Jan 2019
08 Feb 2019
JN -012019-228596
Hayley Still
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time

ABC Studios International is the international division of ABC Studios and develops and produces international co-productions and local productions for a global audience. Its first series, "Harrow," a co-production with Hoodlum Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, starring Ioan Gruffudd, has received a 2018 Logie Award nomination for Outstanding Drama series. The second season of "Harrow" will return on ABC1 in Australia in 2019. Stan has commissioned "The Gloaming," an 8-part drama series created by "The Kettering Incident's" Victoria Madden, which is expected to premiere in 2019. Most recently, the studio announced a 13 episode straight-to-series international co-production by ABC Network (USA) and M6 (France), "Reef Break," starring Poppy Montgomery.

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," "For The People," "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Station 19"; co-productions "The Good Doctor," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Speechless"; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" along with "Criminal Minds" for CBS.

The role

This position is an integral part of the small international team based in London and will report to the Executive Vice President, Business Operations, ABC Studios and to the Managing Director International Content, Platforms and Talent, ABC Studios International / Disney. It is a hugely dynamic, fast paced and exciting role in a "start-up" style environment. You will have responsibility over the "deal making", business affairs side of the role along with also managing all legal aspects. You will be expected to structure, negotiate, manage, document/coordinate documentation of all business deals in connection with ABCSI's development and production activities.

As the sole counsel and like with all start-up environments you will be expected to roll your sleeves up and get involved in all aspects including drafting contracts yourself. It is a small team with a really ambitious vision which will take dedication, skill and collaboration from the whole team to realise it. You also have the enormous benefit of the support, backing and reputation of ABC Studios and the broader Disney company. It will also be hugely rewarding to be part of what is already a successful business but help facilitate it to grow and develop in the international market.

The profile

The ideal candidate will have initially trained and qualified at a leading law firm, practising for a number of years as a lawyer. You with have a 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. You will also need expertise in all aspects of international development, production and distribution including expertise in applicable guild requirements.

In person you will be driven and ambitious with commitment to learning and excellence. You will be able to work autonomously but also enjoy a close-knit team environment. You will be a proven and skilled negotiator who shares values such as honesty and integrity which are at the heart of the Disney brand. You will enjoy to get involved in all aspects of production and have a passion for the industry and what you are trying to achieve as a business.


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