European general counsel quits Disney after ten years

Walt Disney’s European general counsel Rosemary Bloom has quit after 10 years with the media giant.

Bloom, who has been in the post for four years, is leaving the company to take a career break and is moving to France. She is responsible for a team of 27 lawyers and is also responsible for managing Disney’s relationships with external legal advisers. She reports to Jeff Paule, the general counsel of Disney’s international business, who is based in California.

Bloom joined Disney’s distribution arm Buena Vista Home Entertainment as vice-president for business and legal affairs in 1994. Prior to that, Bloom was a lawyer in the entertainment team at Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard).

As Disney has not appointed a successor for Bloom, it remains unclear what impact, if any, her resignation will have on the company’s relationships with external lawyers.

Disney’s principal corporate law firm is Dewey Ballantine. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has also advised the company, most recently defending it against Comcast’s aborted £36bn hostile bid earlier this year.