Candidate will handle a heavy volume of production and development-related scripted work primarily for BET, MTV, and VH1.
PRIMARY DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:
Structuring, drafting and negotiating agreements involving the development and production of original, licensed, and co-produced scripted television programs including series, mini-series, and so-called “movies-of-the-week.” These agreements will include, without limitation, talent agreements (including test-option agreements), writer agreements (including creators and staff writers), director agreements, rights agreements (life-rights, book option etc.), overall agreements, first look/right agreements, and production company agreements. Performing day-to-day legal work for television programs, which shall include: vetting creative summaries/pitches/potential characters for legal and business risk; overseeing and providing on- and off-set advice to third-party production companies, producers, and creative executives on development- and production-related matters and legal analysis; working with internal departments (e.g., talent, music & media licensing, labor and employment, risk management, intellectual property & litigation, accounting/finance, press/publicity, and digital) in connection with legal concerns that may arise in connection with production and development and to ensure compliance with Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks policies and procedures; and performing other day-to-day legal and business affairs-related tasks as needed and assigned by the Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and/or Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs.
Excellent negotiating and drafting skills.
Knowledge of entertainment transactions and day-to-day legal challenges faced by scripted television productions.
Ability to analyze fact patterns and devise creative solutions that allow executives to execute their creative vision while minimizing overall legal and business risk.
Excellent knowledge concerning union and non-union issues and working knowledge of labor and employment law issues, music clearances, intellectual property law, risk management issues and rights of publicity and privacy.
Attention to detail and the ability to manage a high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to proactively interface with client group members, provide guidance, and make strategic recommendations in deal-making.
Excellent industry relationships and a proactive approach to building relationships with television agents, entertainment lawyers and other entertainment professionals.
A cooperative, team-oriented approach.
Ability to manage and oversee junior attorneys and legal staff.
Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience (including law firm experience and/or experience in a business and/or legal affairs department at a major studio or network), with significant, demonstrable scripted entertainment experience.
Familiarity with television unions (e.g., AFTRA/SAG, DGA, WGA).
Qualified candidates must be members of the California or New York Bars.
Role will be based in Hollywood, CA or New York City.
Internal Number: 2018-9897
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling entertainment content - including television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events and social media experiences - for audiences in more than 180 countries on various platforms and devices.
Globally, Viacom Media Networks reach approximately 4.3 billion cumulative television subscribers through leading brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network (SPIKE), VH1, TV Land, CMT and Logo. Program services created specifically for international audiences include Channel 5 (U.K.), Telefe (Argentina), Colors (India) and Paramount Channel.