1+ months

Senior Clearance Administrator

Walt Disney Studios
Burbank, CA 91502

Senior Clearance Administrator

Job ID 740517BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Jan. 30, 2020

Job Summary:

The Consumer Products (CP) division of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates (TWDC) that brings our stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across numerous categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books, and games. The segment is home to licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations around the world.

CP Legal is part of the Legal Department of The Walt Disney Company and provides legal advice to CP with the goal of assisting CP in meeting its strategic business objectives. CP Legal is seeking and experienced Senior Clearance Administrator to support legal clearance, including with respect to CPs licensed and vertical merchandise and publishing businesses. In addition to working with attorneys and other professional within Disney Legal, this position will liaise with CP Business Affairs, CP Creative Group, Global Licensing, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Disney Stores, Walt Disney Studios and Disney Media Networks.


  • Handle various aspects of legal clearance for licensed and vertical merchandise and publishing.
  • Research and summarize talent agreements, acquisition agreements, license agreements, chain of title,
    etc. to provide rights advice for consumer products exploitation.
  • Prepare memoranda summarizing merchandising rights for entertainment properties, including third-
    party approvals, rights, obligations, and restrictions.
  • Attend script clearance meetings and screenings to review and clear pre-release concepts and artwork.
  • Liaise with producers, designers, product developers, project managers, franchise managers, business
    affairs, and other business, creative, and ops stakeholders.
  • Review Style Guides, publishing layouts, concept art, final frames, unit photography, asset pools,
    archival material, and other visual assets.
  • Manage clearance process for domestic and global merchandise and publishing and support colleagues
    on international and regional clearance matters.
  • Identify and analyze (and elevate to attorneys where appropriate) legal and contractual issues such as
    copyright, trademark, guild obligations, talent approvals, right of publicity, fair use, work-for-
    hire/assignment of rights, royalties, and participations.
  • Work closely with CP Legal attorneys to analyze and resolve legal issues and provide relevant advice to
    clients, both written and oral.
  • Collaborate and coordinate on clearance research and advice with CP Business Affairs IP legal, Labor Relations, Studio Legal and Business Affairs, and other content partners and rights clearance stakeholders.
  • Maintain database of clearance advice, including third-party rights and restrictions, and manage contract lifecycle for related agreements, including third-party permissions and consents.
  • Provide training and support to colleagues and clients regarding clearance and rights management.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years experience handling rights clearance for studio entertainment, publishing, and/or consumer products.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail. -Responsible, professional demeanor and sound judgment.
  • Ability to identify and analyze legal issues and know when to elevate to attorneys.
  • Able to simultaneously handle and prioritize a high volume of work for multiple clients on multiple projects and along parallel work streams.
  • Must have strong computer skills, including with office productivity software such as Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with IP/asset management software and systems.
  • Able to work independently but must also be a team player who collaborates well with business clients and Legal Dept. colleagues.

Required Education

  • BA/BS degree

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disneys iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disneys global consumer products operations include the worlds leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the worlds largest childrens publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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 with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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. Disneys 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 The Walt Disney Company, which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

The Walt Disney Company 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 fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.


Posted: 2020-01-31 Expires: 2020-04-26

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