Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs For MTV, VH1 and BET
Full Time Job
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.
• Minimum of 5 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 scripted entertainment experience.
• Familiarity with television unions (e.g., AFTRA/SAG, DGA, WGA) a major plus.
• Qualified candidates must be members of the California or New York Bars.
• 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.
• Knowledge of 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.