Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Production Risk
Full Time Job
Identify and mitigate risk for productions airing on various ViacomCBS networks/platforms and produced by various ViacomCBS studios. Analyze a large volume of information regarding participants and crew, as well as develop protocols for individual productions. Evaluate and make recommendations to our various networks' executives in the Business & Legal Affairs, Production Management, Communications, Talent/Casting, and other internal departments, as well as work in close coordination with ViacomCBS Safety, ViacomCBS Security, external vendors, and outside counsel. Position reports to Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Production Risk.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Review and analyze background checks, psychological and medical evaluations, and other information to identify potential legal and media risks with respect to show participants. Review and analyze background checks for crew members for same.
• Advise executives in the Business & Legal Affairs, Production Management, and Talent/Casting departments on child labor laws in all 50 states as well as abroad, including permitting, hours restrictions, trust accounts, education, and parental supervision requirements. Complete or oversee child labor permit applications and ensure issuing of child labor permits nationwide.
• Provide legal advice pertaining to court affirmation of minors' contracts.
• Research and advise on local, state, federal, and international rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions related to COVID-19.
• With outside counsel, manage production immigration issues, including applying for visas and/or reviewing visas and supporting documentation to ensure that non-citizens have the necessary authorization to work in the U.S. for ViacomCBS.
• Review and revise casting notices and casting applications for compliance with labor and employment laws, and to ensure compliance with company protocols.
• Review safety and security protocols on all shows.
• For productions traveling outside the U.S., research and advise production crews on rules and regulations regarding visas, work authorizations, filming permits, and carnets (for traveling with equipment); and liaise with internal departments regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act training.
• J.D. required
• At least 2 years of relevant experience in TV/Film production law, labor & employment law, immigration law, or child labor law; or three to five years general legal experience at a law firm, network, studio, or production company.
• A working knowledge of television production a plus.
• Effectively and efficiently determine overall project needs, organize project requirements into tasks, and prioritize according to deadlines.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize without becoming easily flustered from multiple deadlines and multiple emergencies at one time.
• Able to take direction from multiple people at one time and to handle interruptions in workflow.
• Understands a sense of urgency.
• Effectively and ethically problem solve from a risk perspective.
• Ability to act and work independently.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent judgment and analytic skills.
• Possesses both inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
• Ability to read and analyze criminal and civil documents.
• Ability to work with a diverse team across the country.
• Knowledge of SharePoint a plus.