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Company Name:

Viacom

Location:

Hollywood, California

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Law

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

September 25, 2018

Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs-BET, MTV and VH1


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.

CRITICAL SKILLS:

  • 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.
Basic Qualifications
  • 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.
Additional Qualifications
  • Role will be based in Hollywood, CA or New York City. 


Company Name:

Viacom

Location:

Hollywood, California

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Law

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

September 25, 2018

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