Overview and Responsibilities
Candidate will handle a heavy volume of production and development-related ed 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 ed 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), ector agreements, rights agreements (life-rights, book 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 ed 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 ed 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.