Vice President Development & Production
BETNew York, NY
Full Time Job
Vice President Development & Production Unscripted Bala
In this role, you will handle a heavy volume of production and development related unscripted work for BET Networks, BET , and BET Studios, which will develop and produce original content and license studio programs to internal and external platforms.
Structuring, drafting, and negotiating agreements involving the development and production of original, licensed, and co-produced unscripted television programs including, series, mini-series, and ''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 will 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 BET Studios and BET Networks policies and procedures; and performing other day-to-day legal and business affairs-related tasks as needed and assigned.
• 8 years of relevant experience (including in a law firm and/or in a business and/or legal affairs department at a network, major studio, or OTT/streaming services or network) with significant, demonstrable unscripted deal-making experience.
• Member of the New York Bar Association
• 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 (SAG-AFTRA, WGA, DGA, IATSE) 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.