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Manager, Studio Content Protection

  • Full Time
  • Burbank, CA
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The Walt Disney Studios

Job Summary:

We have an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Security Manager in Media and Entertainment responsible for managing the Content Security of the Disney ABC Television Group’s (DATG) portfolio of channels and business segments across a global footprint.

The Manager, Studio Content Security reports into the Vice President, Content & Information Security, at The Walt Disney Studios based in Burbank, California.


  • Provide Content Security solutions to DATG during the production and distribution lifecycles across a myriad of business units
  • Provide consistent policy governance and execution of DATG Content Security policies with domestic and international business units and colleagues
  • Liaise with third-party post-production vendors and security consultants
  • Provide oversight of vendors security practices to ensure compliance with Studio security policies
  • Provide technical guidance and strategic insight on television content distribution workflows in collaboration with DATG business units, legal teams and The Walt Disney Studios
  • Manage the expectations of business units regarding the exposure and handling of pre-release assets and confidential information, mediate and negotiate with internal stakeholders and external customers to resolve complex issues around Content Security
  • Determine secure distribution strategies to accommodate ad hoc content distribution requests
  • Provide Content Security training to TV production and post-production teams
  • Liaise with production and post production teams as needed to ensure that security best practices are applied to complex and dynamic environments
  • Proactive industry research to maintain knowledge of current and evolving technologies in the TV production and distribution environment
  • Remain well-versed in standard industry workflows for on-set production, post production, marketing, distribution, and in-home distribution
  • Study emerging technology trends and evaluate impact on current business, technology or projects
  • Maintain security requirement awareness of consumer consumption platforms and devices
  • Ensure that observed content handling risks, incidents, and exception requests are documented in the Risk Register
  • Manage content fingerprinting and watermarking workflows
  • Assist in content breach incident investigations, with reporting to executive management
  • Provide policy management input, including updates to existing policies as well as development of new policies
  • Ensure that DATG Content Security policies and security guidelines are easily accessible for reference by business units
  • Ensure that training and guidelines are communicated to the necessary stakeholders
  • Implement security best practices for high priority and high visibility workflows as requested
  • Coordinate content security efforts for high-profile internal and industry events
  • Leverage cross-functional subject matter expertise across the Studio Content & Information Security team to ensure that information regarding application & cloud security, 3rd party site security, internal facility security, and business requirements are applied to active business workflows and Studio policies

Basic Qualifications:

  • Five years experience successfully managing content security in a television or theatrical production environment
  • Knowledge of secure digital media distribution technologies and workflows, e.g., Aspera, Signiant, Smartjog, etc.
  • Extensive knowledge of production and post-production workflows
  • Extensive knowledge of systems and network security
  • Extensive knowledge of content encoding, file-based workflows, digital asset management, media formats and encryption techniques
  • Awareness of multi-platform consumer distribution platforms, e.g., Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies and trends
  • Ability to work in a dynamic evolving environment on an international scale
  • Solid business acumen
  • Knowledge of studio IT systems, including production and post-productions environments
  • Thorough knowledge of feature film production and post-production industries, services, and workflows (e.g., editing, visual/audio effects, encoding, dubbing, DVD/BD replication)
  • Understanding of TV production security
  • Understanding of TV production and multi-platform distribution workflows
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Pro-active attitude to anticipate business unit needs
  • Effective communication across all levels of the organization
  • Pro-active and possess a hands-on, collaborative working style
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and understand written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to organize and schedule work effectively
  • Ability to work well under time constraints
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in TV & Film, Engineering or Technology, Communication or Business or equivalent experience required
  • CISSP, CISM certification is a plus