Walt Disney European general counsel quits

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 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 of legacy firm Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard).

Since Disney has not appointed a successor to 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 New York-based Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, which defended the company against Comcast’s aborted £36bn hostile bid earlier this year.