US-NY-New York
Brand (Portal)

Overview and Responsibilities

This is a Director-level position in the Viacom Media Networks’ Business and Legal Affairs New York Office to provide day-to-day business and legal affairs for BET Networks, Logo, MTV2, and Vh1 with a focus on original series development for unscripted reality shows, scripted programming and tent-pole events.  This person will handle a heavy volume of development, production and talent-related matters for both in-house and third party productions.  The department works closely with the networks’ Development and Production Management teams as well as many other departments (including Programming, Talent, Public Relations, Music & Media Licensing, Labor & Employment, Risk Management, Pre-Broadcast Content Review, Intellectual Property & Litigation, Marketing, Ad Sales, Digital, Creative Services, Accounting and Production Finance).

Basic Qualifications

  • Negotiating, drafting and structuring development and production agreements (e.g., producer, writer, production services, talent agreements, vendor agreements, venue and location releases);
  • Negotiating and drafting sponsorship agreements and integrated marketing agreements;
  • Managing a range of production-related legal matters;
  • Maintain and update contract option grids and communicate with development and production executives on a regular basis to keep them updated on upcoming expiration dates;
  • Organize documents for legal kick-off calls and coordinate distribution of production agreements to third party production companies;
  • Reviewing and approving legal contracts for execution by management;
  • Overseeing contract administration and compliance;
  • Drafting contract summaries and assisting with other special projects as requested by senior business and legal affairs executives;
  • Researching relevant legal issues;
  • Providing on-site coverage for tent-poles and original programming when necessary; and,
  • Performing other day-to-day business and legal affairs-related tasks as needed and as assigned by senior business and legal affairs-related tasks as needed and as assigned by senior business and legal affairs executives.

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of relevant experience at a network, studio, entertainment law firm or production company;
  • Working knowledge of television industry agreements, contract law and intellectual property rights, demonstrated ability to conduct legal research, analysis, and reasoning; and
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.


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