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

    Job Locations US-CA-HOLLYWOOD | US-NY-New York
    Brand
    Viacom
    iCIMS ID
    2018-9897
  • Overview and Responsibilities

    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.

    CRITICAL SKILLS:

    • 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.

    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 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.

    Additional Qualifications

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

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