J.D., University of Miami
B.A., New York University
David B. Schwartz is Assistant General Counsel at The Walt Disney Company, where he works on the cutting edge of new technological distribution platforms for movies, TV shows and other entertainment content. As part of his work at Disney, David has negotiated highly complex, industry-leading content licensing agreements with a diverse set of companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, DirecTV, DISH, Starz, HBO, Showtime and numerous others. In addition, David and his team handle all of the legal work related to Disney’s massive U.S. and Canadian DVD and Blu-ray distribution business, negotiating agreements with the likes of Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy, and more. The deals individually range in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars in revenue. In total, David and his team handle several billion dollars worth of deals each year. David led negotiations on Disney's recent motion picture output agreement with Netflix, a deal which was referred to in the press as “groundbreaking”, “stunning”, and "probably the biggest content deal in the history of [the movie] business".
Prior to working at Disney, Schwartz worked at Gold Circle Films, where he worked on both the production and distribution sides of business and legal affairs.
His specialties include: content licensing, new media, digital media, entertainment law, home video, major studios, distribution agreements, production and distribution of film and television content.
Schwartz earned a B.A. in Film from New York University and his J.D. from the University of Miami. At Miami Law, he teaches a short course on Legal Issues in Motion Picture Production & Distribution.