The Walt Disney Company Director, Programming & Acquisitions in Bristol, Connecticut

The Director, Programming & Acquisitions will oversee the day-to-day management and content strategies for the Major League Baseball and Little League Baseball media rights agreements across all ESPN platforms.

Responsibilities :

  • Leads the administration of the MLB and Little League Baseball (“LLBB”) media rights agreements throughout ESPN and when required, The Walt Disney Company

  • Work collaboratively throughout the company to optimize the MLB and LLBB media rights agreements and ensure that all contractual obligations are understood and executed

  • Leads the development and execution of the MLB and LLBB distribution strategies across ESPN linear networks as well as ESPN+ Works closely with ESPN research group to monitor and interpret various forms of measurement across platforms to understand and articulate the performance of MLB and LLBB properties

  • Is the central point of contact for day-to-day internal and external inquiries regarding MLB and LLBB

  • Part of the team that negotiates programming deals within baseball and any other assigned categories

  • Prepares regular reports in assigned categories for senior management, outlining planned initiatives and expected outcomes, financial and otherwise, for these deals

  • Liaison with ESPN’s Legal Department in drafting contracts

  • Recommends initiatives across the portfolio of ESPN businesses to maximize value in MLB and LLBB properties

  • Manages the preparation of all necessary acquisitions documentation including Profit/Loss analyses and Approved Program Factsheets

  • Identifies, reviews, and recommends various programming proposals and potential acquisitions in assigned categories to senior Programming management

Basic Qualifications :

  • Deep understanding of sports media business

  • 8 years of experience in the sports media environment, in a television programming department at the regional or national level, or other related business

  • Demonstrated strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong sports knowledge across many categories

  • Experience in negotiating rights deals

  • Organized and detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships with top executives across a large enterprise and with external rights holders.

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Job ID: 605364BR

Location: Bristol,Connecticut

Job Posting Company: Media Networks