Yvonne Shay is Vice President, Business Affairs for Disney Channel and Disney XD. She is responsible for co-leading the Business Affairs team for the two networks. In addition to supervising the team, Shay negotiates development and production deals, including talent agreements with writers, actors, producers and directors for original television series and movies. Shay also handles the deals for acquired programming and agreements with third party production companies. She advises studio and network executives regarding deal structures, acquisition of rights and strategic deal initiatives.
During her tenure at Disney, Shay has worked on such hit television series as “Hannah Montana,” “Girl Meets World” and “Lab Rats” as well the successful “Camp Rock” television movie franchise, “Teen Beach Movie” and it highly anticipated sequel. She has been a mentor in the Disney Channels Worldwide Leadership Mentor Program, served on the Disney ABC Television Group’s (DATG) Collaboration Action Team, led the task force planning DATG Talent Development & Diversity’s 2009 Impact Summit, and is currently a part of Anne Sweeney’s Women’s Workplace Initiative.
Shay joined the Cable Networks Group in 2005 as Counsel, Legal Affairs and was promoted to Director, Business Affairs in 2006. She was also promoted to Executive Director, Business Affairs before achieving her current position. Prior to Disney, she was Director, Business Affairs at CBS Paramount International Television, and an associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in the corporate transactions group.
Shay received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in environmental engineering science. She serves on the board of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum.